Staff and pupils at Ballyclare Secondary School celebrated a very successful set of A Level and AS Level exam results on Thursday, August 14.
Principal Kathryn Bell said she was delighted to see so many young people achieve positive results and fulfil their potential.
“This year the majority of Year 14 pupils achieved at least one top grade. An incredible number of pupils have achieved at least 1 A* or A grade, including Leah Heaslip, Jamie Horner, Amy Kyle, Simon McAteer, Emma Reid, Eden Sloan, Matthew Thompson, Raynor Fry and Jordan Williamson, with many more achieving all three grades at grade C and above.
“Our achievements this year are on a par with many schools in the selective sector and clear evidence that with hard work and the support of dedicated teachers young people can achieve at the very highest levels.”
She added: “As a school we value all of the grades achieved by all our pupils. It is our ethos that all pupils should have a rewarding educational experience and we aim for “personal excellence” - this is something every pupil can achieve. For some pupils they have to work incredibly hard to achieve their grades, attaining three GCE A Levels is a tremendous achievement and we are delighted for all our year 14 pupils.
“Many pupils have already secured their places at university and on further education courses and apprenticeships, while others have already entered their chosen area of employment. We wish them all continuing success as they continue on their education journey or take up their place in the world of work.”
Mrs Bell said that the school’s Year 13 pupils also achieved an impressive set of results in their AS Level courses.
“These results are very encouraging and provide a solid platform for pupils to build on next year,” she commented.
“As a school we aim to challenge and inspire all our pupils regardless of ability and it is very pleasing to note that our pupils have been able to achieve above and beyond their expectations in the wide range of courses available to them. This year’s results were very encouraging and represent further improvement on previous years.
“Pupils and staff have all worked extremely hard and deserve the great results they have achieved. As in previous years we acknowledge the support of parents and the very important part they continue to play in the success of Ballyclare Secondary School.”