Glengormley High School will continue to develop with no uncertainty over its future, according to principal Lex Hayes.
Speaking at the school’s annual prize distribution, Mr. Hayes said that local area planning has had “far-reaching effects for everyone in our schools, both primary and secondary, but particularly for secondary schools in this area”.
He stated that the merging of Monkstown and Newtownabbey schools has reduced the choice for pupils and parents in the area, but as the largest school, there is no uncertainty over the future of Glengormley High,
Mr. Hayes said: “The first indicator of a good school is, I believe, the number of pupils that I see excelling and succeeding in this school. The number of accolades that we win in all areas of our school life tells me that this is an excellent school.
“The evidence that I see in performing arts, music and the artworks and moving image productions by pupils tell me that this is an excellent school. The commitment I see from my staff every day tells me that this is an excellent school.”
“Our GCSE results have seen our pupils achieve at record levels in external examinations. The number reaching the government benchmark of five plus grades at A* – C and the achievement across the whole ability range at GCSE, last year, is a new record level for this school.
“The post-16 results in diplomas, AS level and A level courses have also improved on the results of previous years. Our pupils now achieve at A to C in almost 80 per cent of exams in all subjects. This is a fantastic record in the most challenging exams in Europe.
“Away from the academic sphere, the success of our pupils in sport has maintained our excellent record in that arena.”
The principal continued to pay tribute to the commitment of staff for their “selfless efforts” and “lifelong commitment to sport and young people” and the dedication of young people.
Mr. Hayes pointed out that work will begin this term on landscaping and gate facilities and new library, maths, toilet and special needs facilities at Glengormley High.
He noted: “In a time of austerity, this is, literally, concrete proof that what we are doing here is working and is recognised in the most real terms, money, by the people who look after education in Northern Ireland.
“The provision of high-quality educational outcomes for students in these uncertain times is more important than ever. The need for
qualifications is greater than ever for our young people to secure a high quality of life for them and their families.
“There is no longer easy access to higher education, there is less choice and more competition if you cannot afford to go to university in Scotland, England or Wales. To enter higher education or the world of work is tougher than at any time in my lifetime.
“You need to make the most of your abilities, your skills and your talents and the first step is to work hard at all you do in life, in school and outside.”