Ballyclare Secondary School has celebrated the “many successes of the young people in all aspects of school life” and commended the endeavours of the staff.
In her annual report, principal Kathryn Bell outlined the “excellent standards” achieved by pupils at A level, GCSE level and in the “Cambridge Technical” business course.
She pointed out that more pupils than ever are staying on to sixth form to continue with their studies.
Mrs Bell commented on the “broad and varied” curriculum offered to pupils and how this has provided different pathways for pupils of all abilities.
She also highlighted the exam success of students who took courses run in conjunction with Ballyclare High School as part of the well- established Ballyclare Learning Community.
Praising the pupils for their hard work and dedication in all aspects of school life, the principal reflected on the work of the music department, Young Ambassadors’ Programme, charity work and the many sporting successes throughout the year.
Mrs Bell commended the teaching staff for their efforts over the past 12 months and also paid tribute to the board of governors and the NEELB for their support and encouragement throughout the year.
Turning to the issues affecting secondary education, Mrs Bell commented on the current proposals for area based planning.
She stated that Ballyclare Secondary School will benefit from inclusion in the “School Enhancement Programme”.
Mrs Bell detailed plans for a major new extension to the school providing a new state-of-the-art home economics suite, drama and performing arts facilities, new entrance hall and a significant number of new classrooms.
Mrs Bell acknowledged that this major investment in the school by the Department of Education at a time when there are such “tight constraints on the public purse” and said she was “very much looking forward to the enhanced learning and teaching environment it will provide for young people and staff.”
She paid tribute to students and staff alike for their contribution to making it a year of “outstanding success and progress”.