Once again St Killian’s students have continued to raise the bar at A Level performance across East Antrim and the Glens. Indeed this year’s outcomes highlight the fact that non-selective education continues to deliver excellent results for all at A Level. This underscores the high quality of Learning and Teaching that was identified in the college’s ETI inspection and continues to be a hallmark of the college.
84% of St Killian students achieved A*-C in their examination results with 100% achieving at least 2 good A Level passes. The college saw the percentage of A*/A grades increased to 35% well above the National Average of 29%, with 14 % achieving straight As or better. New subjects such as Health and Social care, Engineering, Construction, Applied Business Studies, Level 3 ICT and Sport Studies, introduced to meet the Entitlement Framework, have produced significant and very positive outcomes, opening up many career paths for these students. In addition, college Principal Jonny Brady noted significant results achieved in both the STEM and Arts areas. This, he said, 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, Fionntan Callan deserves a special mention as our top achiever with an outstanding A*A*A*A. Fiontann will be going to Queen’s University Belfast in September to study Physics. Other top achievers include Ryan Craig A*A*A*, Aidan McCurry A*A*A, Aimee McKay AAA, Anna McKay A*A A. Other high flyers include Niamh McKendry and Meghan O’Loughlin who both achieved A*A B, Clodagh McKillop and Sean Ritson who achieved A A B. There was further success in our vocational subjects, with our top achievers Conan Harvey and Pascal McManus both achieving a Distinction star in Engineering and a Distinction in Double Award Construction, equivalent to A*A A.
This year the college also would highlight the power of the twins with Andrea and Michaela Mulvenna each achieving A*A A in Maths, Chemistry and Biology while the McKillop twins, Ronan and Cathal, not to be outdone, achieving a Distinction and a Double Award Distinction in Engineering and Construction. St Killian’s Principal Jonny Brady said it was fantastic to see the two sets of twins achieve so highly in their different fields and wished them every success going forward.
Eimhear Carey hit the jackpot with ABB which has ensured her place in Deloitte’s Bright Start programme. As a result of she will complete her degree in Business with Computing at the Ulster University, receive a salary throughout her studies with an offer of full time employment on the completion of her course.
Mr Brady was delighted at the success of the students across a range of subjects and he stated, ‘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 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.’