School records best ever GCSE results

Charlene Wilson and Hanna McIlvenny of Newtownabbey Community High School are looking forward to studying for their A Levels. INNT 35-008-FP
Charlene Wilson and Hanna McIlvenny of Newtownabbey Community High School are looking forward to studying for their A Levels. INNT 35-008-FP

Staff and pupils at Newtownabbey Community High were celebrating last Thursday after the school’s Year 12 students recorded a record breaking set of GCSE exam results.

The percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* - C grades rose to an all time high of 60 per cent - up five per cent on the previous best of 2012.

And the percentage achieving five or more A* - C grades including English and Mathematics rose dramatically, from a previous best of 21 per cent in 2012, to an impressive 35 per cent this year.

Principal John Lewis attributes the significant improvements to the strategic partnership approach that the school has developed.

“In addition to the hard-working and committed teachers, the children are supported in their learning by a range of other professionals who work closely with the school.

“This collaborative approach was praised by the Inspectorate in their last visit to the school in June 2013,” Mr Lewis explained.

The headmaster also highlighted the superb attitude and work ethic demonstrated by the majority of the young people in the 2012/13 Year 12 group.

“During the last school year the pupil attendance rate rose by a further two per cent to over 90 per cent. In addition, the school finished the academic year 2012/13 with no suspensions or exclusions.

“These improvements are indicative of the embedding of a new culture of achievement and expectation which is being promoted for all pupils. We are delighted that so many of our Year 12 pupils, as a result of these excellent achievements, are now well equipped to continue their education through either A Level or vocational courses. Myself, the staff and Board of Governors wish each and every one of them success for the future,” he added.