St Killian’s College students have again been celebrating examination success at A level. This year’s outcomes highlight the fact that non-selective education continues to deliver excellent results for all at A Level. For the fourth year in a row there has been a significant increase in the percentage of pupils achieving A*-C grades, this underscores the high quality of learning and teaching that continues to be a hallmark of the college.
86% of St Killian’s students achieved A*-C in their examination results with 99% achieving at least 2 good A Level passes. The college saw the percentage of A*/A grades increased by a third, well above the National Average; while 30% of students who completed their A level courses achieved A*-A grade. In addition, college Principal Jonny Brady noted significant results achieved in both the STEM and Arts areas. He said: “This highlights the success the college has in delivering a 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 our society and growing economy. 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 their first choice courses.”
Once again there was a rise in the number of students who achieved the top grades, Niamh McIntosh (A*A*A*), Odhran McAleenan and Niamh McLaughlin (both A*, A*, A, A) deserve a special mention as our top achievers with an outstanding set of results. Our Head Girl, Niamh McIntosh, who studied Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, will be going to study Medicine while our Head Boy, Odhran McAleenan will study Accountancy and Niamh McLaughlin will study Education. Other top achievers include Laoise McKenna A, A, A, A, Victoria Watson 1A*, A, A, Chloe Baston A, A, A. There was further success in our vocational subjects, with the following students, Ciaran Allen, James Earls, Jane Emerson, Aimee Heggarty, Darren Martin, Ryan McAlister, Conall McAteer, Caolan McCann, Jack McGarrel, Christopher McLoughlin, Ellen Mulvenna, Tiernan O’Boyle, Erin O’Hara, Sinead Small and Reece Wills, all achieving at least a Distinction star in one or more STEM related subjects. In total 1 in 3 of our students achieved either an A* or Distinction *
Our Head Girl and Boy, Niamh and Odhran, said that they were both ‘over the moon’ with their results and are delighted that all the hard work and extra effort had produced such outstanding results.
Despite the introduction of the new AS Level courses our students and staff have continued to deliver high outcomes at this level. This year our AS students have produced the best set of results in the history of the college, over 85% achieving A-B grades. All of which augurs well for next year’s A2 and a very bright future for those students.
Mr Brady was delighted at the success of the students across a wide range of subjects and stated, “This year’s cohort of students are special, as they are the first group to go through St Killian’s since the amalgamation in 2010. They have been true trail blazers and their results represent a real target for those students who follow them.
It is gratifying to see so many of our young people achieve and exceed their expectations and for that the students and teachers in the college deserve great credit. These excellent results are down to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our staff and students, and they should be rightly proud. The college, once again, has demonstrated 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.”