Ballyclare High pupils surpass expectations

Ballyclare High School students Rebekah Wilson, Laura Clarke, Holly Wray, Hannah McAuley and Jessica McClean pick up their GCSE results. INNT 35-342-PR
Ballyclare High School students Rebekah Wilson, Laura Clarke, Holly Wray, Hannah McAuley and Jessica McClean pick up their GCSE results. INNT 35-342-PR

The principal of Ballyclare High School has said that this year’s GCSE results “surpassed expectations”, with more pupils gaining more A* grades than ever before.

The school’s highest achieving pupil was Aaron Fleming with 10 A* grades and an A in short course Religious Studies.

Overall, almost five per cent more pupils attained A* and A grades than last year, and the percentage gaining A*/B grades also increased.

Headmaster David Knox described the results as “very satisfying”, particularly the grades in Physics, Chemistry and Biology where in two of the subjects the number of A*/A grades stood at over 60 per cent and in the third it was over 40 per cent.

Paying tribute to the pupils and their teachers for their hard work, he commented: “I am delighted with the performance of those pupils who pulled up their grades since the results of the mock examinations were published in what we called ‘virtual results day’ earlier in the year.

“Indeed, the overall percentages on the main indicators were an improvement on last year’s results and I am pleased that so many pupils achieved the entrance grades to return to the sixth form.”

He added: “When added to the A Level results, in which 83 per cent of pupils attained three or more grades A* to C, well above last year’s average for grammar schools, this has been a great year for Ballyclare High School.”