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, 90% achieved 5+ A*-Cs.. Our top achievers include, Victoria Watson 9A* 1A, Odhran McAleenan 8A* 2As, Laoise McKenna and Sarah Okasha each achieved 7A* 3As, Molly Kemp and Niamh McLaughlin 5A* 5As, Shane Magill and Eve McClintock 3A* and 5As, John McGinnis and Conan McAuley 3A* 7As and Chloe Watterson 3A* 4As.This group made up the first intake for St Killian’s in September 2010 and two students, Dariusz Halasa and Niamh McIntosh, deserve a special mention. Dariusz, originally from Poland, achieved an impressive 11 GCSE, nine grades at either A*or A which included an A in English Language and two A* in French and Polish. Dariusz is looking forward to studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths to A level. However, pride of place goes to Niamh McIntosh, from Glenariffe, who achieved a staggering 10 A* grades across a range of subjects including English Literature, DA Science and Further Mathematics. Indeed Niamh adds to her academic achievements with the fact that she is an outstanding musician and represented the college as part of the BT Young Scientist team in the finals in Dublin. She was also runner up, and the youngest entrant, in the 2015 IngeNIous Female Student Award. Niamh will look forward to studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Technology to A level.
One of the continuing success stories of St Killian’s is 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’.
Most encouraging was the fact that the majority of our young people reached their potential with the help of a caring, dedicated and professional staff. This set of results will undoubtedly provide all of our students with 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.
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 143 students who sat their GCSEs, 90% achieved 5+ A*-Cs. These grades represent a significant rise from last years and unsurprisingly are well above the N.I. average. It is truly fantastic that this special group, who were the first intake of St Killian’s, has achieved so well and added to the continued success of the college. Again these excellent and high quality outcomes are a testament to all who contribute to the success that is down to our students, staff and parents. On behalf of the Governors I thank the college staff for their hard work and all our parents for their continued support.
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 when they return to post 16.