Staff and pupils at Ballyclare Secondary School are celebrating a very successful set of A Level and AS Level results.
Principal Kathryn Bell praised the outgoing Year 14s for their hard work and high level of attainment, saying staff were delighted for them.
“There were many outstanding performances and it was a joy to see so many young people achieve such positive results and fulfil their potential,” she said. “This year the majority of our pupils achieved at least one top grade and many of the year group have achieved all of their grades at C and above. One hundred per cent of our young people achieved at least two grades at A* to E, with over 70 per cent achieving three grades at A* to E. This is a remarkable achievement and a tremendous success story for all. Our achievements this year are on a par with many schools in the selective sector and clear evidence that with hard work and the support of dedicated teachers our young people can achieve at the very highest levels.”
Mrs Bell said pupils had excelled in a wide range of academic and vocational courses, highlighting particular success for students in the David Campbell Professional Football Coaching Course and the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport.
“As a school we value all of the grades achieved by all our pupils, whether that is an A* or an E grade,” she continued. “It is our ethos that all pupils should have a rewarding educational experience and we aim for ‘personal excellence’ – this is something every pupil can achieve. All our young people have to work incredibly hard to achieve their grades, attaining three GCE A Levels is a tremendous achievement and we are delighted for all our year 14 pupils.
“Many pupils have already secured their places at university and further education colleges. Others have been successful in gaining apprenticeships and others have already entered their chosen area of employment. We wish them all continuing success as they continue on their education journey or take up their place in the world of work.”
Mrs Bell also praised the school’s Year 13 pupils on an impressive set of results in their AS Level courses.
“These results are very encouraging and build a solid platform for pupils to build on next year,” she continued. “It is always a pleasure to see pupils rewarded for their hard work. Many of our pupils achieved all three grades at Grade C and above - a truly fantastic achievement.
“As a school we aim to challenge and inspire all our pupils regardless of ability and it is very pleasing to note that our pupils have been able to achieve above and beyond their expectations in the wide range of courses available to them. This year’s results were outstanding and very encouraging and represent further improvement on previous years.
“Pupils and staff have all worked extremely hard and deserve the great results they have achieved. We also acknowledge the support of parents and the very important part they continue to play in the success of Ballyclare Secondary School.”