2014 continues to be an historic year for St Killian’s College. In June the Education Minister announced that the college was to be given a new build and the examination results achieved by our students confirms that non selective education continues to deliver excellent results for all at A level. This underscores the high quality of Learning and Teaching that is the hallmark of the college.
85% of St Killian’s students achieved grades A* – C in their examinations with 100% of students achieving at least 2 good A level passes. The college saw the percentage of students, who achieved A*/A increase to 29%, with 12% achieving 3 straight A’s or better. New subjects such as Health and Social Care, Engineering, Construction, Level 3 ICT and Sports Studies, introduced to meet the Entitlement Framework, have produced significant and very positive outcomes, opening up many career paths for these students. With university places in high demand we are pleased that with the help, advice and guidance of the college’s career department, the vast majority of our students have gained entry to the courses of their choice.
Once again there was a rise in the number of students who achieved top grades, Paul O’Loan from Glenravel deserves a special mention as our top achiever with an outstanding 1A* and 4As. Paul will embark in completing a Masters in Chemistry at Queen’s University, Belfast in September. Other top achievers include Gabriel Bryson 1A*, 2A and 1B, Lauren O’Boyle 1A*, 2A and 1B, Roisin O’Kane 3A and 1B, Hannah McIlwaine 3A and 1 B, Catherine Burns 2A* and 1A, Tanya Austin 3A, Aine McDonnell 1A* and 2A, Ronan McAuley 1A*, 1 A and 1B, Shannon McLoughlin 3A, and Jennifer McHenry, Claire Diamond, Emma Lismore, Neil McKinstry, all who achieved 2A and 1 B.
College Principal, Mr Jonny Brady, noted that significant results were achieved in the STEM area, where 55% of our students attained A*- B grades in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Technology and Design. In addition new subjects continue to make their mark with 84% of A*/AinConstruction and 100% A*-C grades in Engineering.This highlights St Killian’s success in delivering a diverse and broad range of educational pathways to develop the interests and talents of all our students providing them with the academic results and key life skills to confidently contribute to society and the economy of the future.
Mr Brady expressed his delight at the success of the students across a range of subjects and he stated, “It is very gratifying to see so many of our young people achieve and exceed their expectations and for that the students and their teachers deserve great credit. These excellent results are down to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our students and staff and they should be rightly proud. The college, once again, has demonstrated its consistency in delivering high quality learning and teaching. We look forward to pursuing future success for our students at Post 16 and thank our parents for their continued support”.