Ballyclare High School pupils praised for top results

Megan Tumilty (4A* 4A), Sophie McDowell (1A* 6A B 2C), Alex Simpson (1A 7B C), Gemma Ferguson (3A* 3A B 3C), Rebecca McConnell (2A* 3A 3B 2C) and Katie Taylor (1A* 3A 6B). Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye. INNT 35-803CON
Megan Tumilty (4A* 4A), Sophie McDowell (1A* 6A B 2C), Alex Simpson (1A 7B C), Gemma Ferguson (3A* 3A B 3C), Rebecca McConnell (2A* 3A 3B 2C) and Katie Taylor (1A* 3A 6B). Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye. INNT 35-803CON

Students at Ballyclare High School excelled in their GCSE exams, with 99 per cent securing five A*-C grades.

Of this, three quarters were awarded at least five A*/Agrades. Overall top grades are up with 77 per cent registering A*/B in all subjects.

A school spokesperson said: “We are delighted not only with the sustained levels of attainment at the top end but with the 100 per cent pass rate in eleven subjects, including maths and English literature. Overall we would expect the 7A*-C percentage used to compare grammar schools to reflect favourably with the NI average. Dr Rainey, Principal, congratulated her pupils and staff and thanked parents for their support, saying: “Today there is much to celebrate but let’s remember these results reflect a huge amount of effort and commitment by our staff, working most effectively alongside supportive parents since the beginning of Year 11. Our young people are fantastic, they mature into fine young men and women of whom we are very proud. They do best when school and homework shoulder to shoulder, as proven today, and I urge all of us to maintain such positive alliances to ensure continued success for our pupils.”

Pleased with the marked improvements on last year she believes there is a strong basis for this cohort to do very well as they embark upon their AS studies.