Much to celebrate at Glengormley High

Teacher Margaret Finlay with Kyle McGrory, Andrew McCombe and Jason Rea at Glengormley High School. INNT 35-509CON
Teacher Margaret Finlay with Kyle McGrory, Andrew McCombe and Jason Rea at Glengormley High School. INNT 35-509CON

There was much celebration at Glengormley High last Thursday as the school’s Year 12 pupils gathered to pick up their GCSE exam results.

Candidates at the non-selective school achieved the best overall GCSE results in the school’s history, with over 50 per cent attaining higher grades (A* - C) in English and Maths, and every student who completed Year 12 securing qualifications.

A particular highlight for the school this year was that 96 per cent of students entered for English Literature achieved grades A* to C.

Vice-principal Colin Millar paid tribute to the determination and effort of all involved, including top performers Ethan Hawthorne (seven A*s and an A) and Anna Glassey (two A*s, four As and two Bs).

“The success of these results is due in no small measure to the positive working relationships established between students, staff and parents. Glengormley High has implemented an innovative pastoral support system, seeking to raise the aspiration and attainment of students regardless of their transfer tests scores. Students through their two years of GCSE studies experience a variety of learning and teaching strategies, and grade-tracking procedures, encouraging students of all abilities to progress,” he commented.

The school anticipates that more than 60 per cent of the students who received results will continue their studies in the post-16 provision at Glengormley High.