GCSE results “outstanding”

This group, pictured with Vice Principals Pádraig McIlwaine & Eileen McKay, all gained 9 Grade As or better

Following on from last week’s excellent A level results the GCSE students at St Killian’s have proven that the future of education in the Glens and East Antrim is very bright with first class exam results across the board. This year 50% of students attained A*/A grades. Our top achievers include, Roisin Healy 7A* 3As, Paul Emerson 5A* 4As, Claire Heggarty 5A* 4As, Mary Kane 4A* 5As, Matthew Magill 3A* 7As, Calum Black 3A* 6As, Kathleen Cunning 3A* 6As, Shauna Murray 3A* 6As, Ben O’Boyle 3A* 6As, Ciaran Emerson 2A* 7As and Emma O’Loan 1A* 8As.

However, pride of place goes to Aidan Murray from Larne, who achieved a staggering 10 A* grades across a range of subjects including English Literature, DA Science and Further Mathematics – a truly Renaissance man! Indeed Aidan adds to his academic achievements with the fact that he is an outstanding athlete and rower, having won Ulster and All Ireland titles in each of these disciplines. Furthermore, Aidan has been talent identified by the Rowing coaches from the highly prestigious US Yale University with the view to a sporting and academic scholarship once he has successfully completed his A level courses.

Top rower Aidan Murray was the star man in St Killian's College with 10 A star grades, pictured with Principal Mr Jonny Brady.

One of the success stories of St Killian’s is the continuation of the college’s mentoring system which supports all students to reach their full potential. These students, without exception, outperformed their predicted results by achieving up to 4 additional GCSE passes. This reinforces the highly successful Education and Training Inspectorate Report which noted that, ‘GCSE results are outstanding as a result of well focused support which ensures that students make good progress and achieve their full potential’.

Principal Mr Jonny Brady expressed his delight with another outstanding set of results at St Killian’s.

“The results have, once again, been excellent. Of the 115 students who sat their GCSEs, 83% achieved 7 A* – C grades, while 88% achieved 5 A* – Cs.However for me the most significant statistic is that 80% of our students attained these grades including English and Maths A* – C. These grades represent a significant rise from last year and unsurprisingly arewell above the N.I. average”.

Most encouraging was the fact that the majority of our young people reached and exceeded their potential with the help of a caring, dedicated and professional staff. This provides students with a greater opportunity and choice to progress to post 16 or make them more attractive to employers, which is so important in this increasingly competitive world.

This outstanding set of results is down to the commitment, dedication and hard work of our students and staff, as well as the support and partnership that the school continues to develop and enjoy from our parents. Together we ensured, through our extensive revision programme, that all students are given the opportunity to access our teachers in the period prior to their exams. The whole college community should be rightly proud of the tremendous set of results.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on their superb results and we are looking forward to ensuring their future success at post 16.

Pictured are St Killian’s College Year 11 students Odhran McAleenan and Niamh McIntosh who both achieved 100% in their GCSE Maths exam, despite sitting the examination a year early. Niamh and Odhrán have just returned to St Killian’s to complete their courses in 9 other GCSEs

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