Belfast High celebrates ‘best results in school’s history’

Dr Karen McKnight BM, BCh, MA, BSc, MRCP, a former Belfast High pupil and Consultant Neurologist at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, was the Guest of Honour at the Belfast High School Prize Distribution held on October 25 at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Ms Knight was Head Girl of Belfast High in 1986 before going on to study Pharmacy at Queen's University followed by Medicine at Cambridge and Oxford. She presented the prizes and addressed those gathered at the prize distribution and is pictured here with Belfast High's Head Boy, Daniel Cavey, Head Girl, Clara Chivers, Principal Mrs Lynn Gormley and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Tom McGrath. INNT 45-204-CON
Dr Karen McKnight BM, BCh, MA, BSc, MRCP, a former Belfast High pupil and Consultant Neurologist at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, was the Guest of Honour at the Belfast High School Prize Distribution held on October 25 at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Ms Knight was Head Girl of Belfast High in 1986 before going on to study Pharmacy at Queen's University followed by Medicine at Cambridge and Oxford. She presented the prizes and addressed those gathered at the prize distribution and is pictured here with Belfast High's Head Boy, Daniel Cavey, Head Girl, Clara Chivers, Principal Mrs Lynn Gormley and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Tom McGrath. INNT 45-204-CON
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PRINCIPAL Mrs Lynn Gormley welcomed all those gathered to the recent Belfast High Prize Distribution at which she revealed this year’s exam results were “the best in the history of the school” and that at A Level in particular it had outperformed all others in the South East Antrim and North Belfast areas.

“But we will not be complacent,” she said. “The school will continue to strive for improved outcomes. As Stephen Covery says ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing’. At Belfast High School the main thing is the fulfilment of the true potential of each and every individual pupil.”

Mrs Gormley stated that in external examinations, Belfast High School pupils achieved exceptionally good results at all levels this year.

“At Key Stage 3 results in English, Mathematics and Science continue to exceed Northern Ireland Grammar School averages.

GCSE results were also outstanding and all targets were exceeded with an overall pass rate of 96% and 98% of pupils achieved 5 C grades or better including English and Mathematics. Every single pupil in the school achieved a pass grade in GCSE Mathematics and there were 100% passes in 8 other subjects,” she said.

“AS results were also very impressive, exceeding the achievement of last year by 3% for pupils achieving 3 A-C grades or better. These results augur well for next year.

“At A level, remarkably, not one pupil has failed an A level subject in the last 5 years. More impressively, the 85% grades A-C pass rate means that the school has significantly outperformed all other grammar schools in the South East Antrim and North Belfast areas. This is an important benchmark for grammar schools. The school’s best ever A level performance places Belfast High firmly in the top quartile of grammar schools in Northern Ireland and is a 15% improvement since 2007.

“These magnificent results were achieved by the sheer hard work done by pupils and teachers as well as the support of parents and governors.”

Full Belfast High School Prize Night coverage in this week’s Times...