College’s exam results get ministerial approval

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry and Hazelwood College principal Kathleen Gormley congratulate students (l-r) Philip Burrows, Paul Wylie and Olivia Johnston on their excellent exam results. Pic by Michael Cooper
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry and Hazelwood College principal Kathleen Gormley congratulate students (l-r) Philip Burrows, Paul Wylie and Olivia Johnston on their excellent exam results. Pic by Michael Cooper

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry dropped in to Hazelwood Integrated College on Thursday morning to congratulate all 107 sixth form students on achieving a 100 per cent success rate.

Dr Farry chatted with some of the students about their plans for the future, and also met with principal Kathleen Gormley, who said the college’s “excellent results” across 23 subjects reflected the hard work of both students and teachers.

Among the college’s top subjects were Business Studies, ICT, Health and Social Care, Moving Image Arts and Sports Studies.

“This year, as part of our developing partnership with Further Education we have offered subjects such as Construction and Engineering. We will enhance this further in the next academic year by offering Hospitality, Catering and Environmental Technology,” Mrs Gormley explained.

Hazelwood’s reputation for excellence in educating international students continued this year, with 11 students achieving top grades at A Level. And the college is aiming to enhance this further in the next academic year by providing opportunities for international work placements.

“Combined with our Advanced Level curriculum we have a careers programme in place which concentrates on new job opportunities in Northern Ireland and beyond. This has allowed our students to make informed choices when deciding on their future pathway.

“This year has seen Hazelwood students choose a wide range of courses including ICT, Business Studies & Science as well as less traditional courses such as Food Manufacturing, International Travel and Tourism and Trainee Management Apprenticeships.

“The opening of a new sixth form centre in September 2013 will build on the college’s success at A Level, and provide the necessary facilities to cope with the increase in students wishing to study at Hazelwood Integrated College,” the principal added.