Ballymoney High School pupils have this year recorded a superb set of high class GCSE results bringing deserved joy and credit to themselves and the school.
“These results are our highest ever – we are all delighted and have a fitting reward for our efforts,” said Principal Mr Rodney Scott.
“It is a fantastic achievement, in which our pupils, parents, teachers and whole community can take due pride and ranks Ballymoney High up alongside the major benchmark standards expected of secondary schools across NI.”
Excitement filled the school entrance hall as well over 100 pupils received and celebrated their results.
No fewer than 70 young people achieved five or more full GCSE A*-C grades (the key benchmark expected in schools). This represents 62% of the year group and higher still an outstanding 36 pupils achieved 7 or more full GCSEs at grades A*-C. Top A grades were achieved in 13 different subjects with A*grades achieved in Art, Drama, PE and RE.
Taking account of all grades achieved a superb 96% of the whole year group secured five or more GCSE passes, demonstrating the school’s commitment and capacity to provide suitable learning opportunities and success for pupils right across the ability spectrum.
This success comes across a range of more than 24 different subjects and qualifications (academic, practical and vocational) all at GCSE and equivalent level. High class achievement indeed for all at Ballymoney High!
“These excellent results must give continuing confidence and ambition to our school and its pupils and community into the future,” commented Mr Scott.
“Our challenge and target is to maintain these standards and for next year’s pupils to strive to achieve even better. We have much to be proud of and much to keep working to achieve.”
Top individual achievers in this year’s group were: Sophie McDonald, Karen McAleese, Aaron McAuley, Lauren Jones, Trudie Watt, Samantha Elliott, Brent Donaghy, Ruth Burns, Rachel Dobbin, Mark Mooney, Alexandria Hill, Rachel O’Neill, Peter Duff, Karen McVicker, Stacey Ashe, Jack Smyth, Naomi Steele, Chloe Cunningham, Lewis Magee, David Wilson and Billie Calvin. These all achieved 8 or more grades A*-C – as high achievement as any pupils in the land.
Sharing the pupils’ success and commenting on the school’s strength and breadth of achievement Mr Scott continued: “I congratulate our young people and pay tribute to them and my staff for their earnest and excellent efforts. Thanks also to parents for their support. These best ever results confirm the school’s commitment to quality and relevant education for pupils of all abilities in our local and wider community.
“We trust our pupils have experienced enjoyment and personal development along with academic achievement and I wish them all God’s blessing and continuing fulfilment in their lives and careers.”