FOLLOWING on from the success of the A Level results, Glengormley High celebrated another happy day when the GCSE results were published.
Every pupil at the Ballyclare Road school received a passing grade and it was expected over half the pupils would continue education with the school’s sixth form courses.
Headteacher Lex Hayes paid tribute to the hard work of all involved.
He said: “All involved in the GCSE results, pupils, staff and parents should take pleasure in these results.
“The amount of work that has been done is not to be underestimated and it is very satisfying that so many of these students will be returning to carry on their studies with us,” he said.
Mr Hayes explained that the school has an excellent track record of producing pupils with good A Level results despite them achieving the minimum GCSE entry grade.
He added: “Some pupils take longer than others to mature in an educational sense and, despite the efforts of our staff, some of our pupils’ aspirations at GCSE are too low.
“When they realise they can do well in national exams they blossom and at A level their grades are outstanding.”
Mr Hayes paid tribute to pupils Jonathon Blair –who received four A and A* grades and four B grades – and Justine Dickie who (two A* and six B grades) in their eight passes; and Milan Pathak, with five A* and As and four B grades.
The number of pupils who attained the top grades of A* and A had increased and 25 per cent of all pupils attained at least one of these grades.
Mr Hayes continued: “The school has a wider selection of GCSE subjects and A Level subjects than most schools.
“The fact that pupils can select the subjects they really want to study rather than be shoehorned into subjects that are not their first choice undoubtedly helps us to retain so many pupils beyond GCSE and attracts many pupils to our school at post-16 level to study AS levels and diplomas.”