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Congratulations from Education Minister Peter Weir as A-level students top result tables

By Allan Preston

Published 19/08/2016

A-Level results day 2016 - Victoria Collage girls on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Victoria Collage girls on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Victoria Collage girls on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Victoria Collage girls on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Belkessam of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Victoria Collage girls on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Tara Fey and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Elizabeth Brush, Tara Fry , Jessica Sutton and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Megann Morelli . Shauna Armstrong and Molly McAleenan of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Emma Connolly, Christina O'Boyle and Shusma Balaji of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Students from Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving their A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Northern Ireland's Education Minister Peter Weir with students at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, as they receive their A and AS level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A-Level results day 2016 - Stuart McCaughan of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Belkessam of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Belkessam of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Stuart McCaughan of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Rory Walsh of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Rory Walsh of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Jack Irvine of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Ryan Scorer of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Ryan Scorer of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Ryan Scorer of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Jack Irvine of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Neil McKane of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Pj Moth of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Pj Moth of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Helmy of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Helmy of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Dylan Braithwaite of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Jacob Baird of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Helmy, Jack Irvine and Carson McKee of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Carson McKee of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Jacob Baird of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Tara Fey and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Tara Fey and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Tara Fey and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Tara Fey and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Tara Fey and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson, Natalie Clendinning , Kathryn Kerr of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson, Natalie Clendinning , Kathryn Kerr of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Eve Wilson, Natalie Clendinning , Kathryn Kerr of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Elizabeth Brush, Tara Fry , Jessica Sutton and Eve Bannon of Victoria Collage on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Emma Connolly, Christina O'Boyle and Shusma Balaji of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Alan Preston of Belfast Telegraph on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Mariah Donnelly, Lucy Brown, Rachel Brady, (Back Centre) Blanaid Kearney of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Mariah Donnelly, Lucy Brown, Rachel Brady, Blanaid Kearney of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Megann Morelli . Shauna Armstrong and Molly McAleenan of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Megann Morelli . Shauna Armstrong and Molly McAleenan of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Emma Connolly, Shusma Balaji and Christina O'Boyle of St Dominic's on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Helmy , Cameron Hilditch, Jack Irvine and Dylan Braithwaite of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Alan Preston of Belfast Telegraph on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
A-Level results day 2016 - Omar Helmy, Jack Irvine and Carson McKee of RBAI on the 18th August 2016, Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Ellen Reid, who achieved 3 A*s and an A with her mother and geography teacher at the school Mary Reid, at Dominican College in Belfast after receiving her A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ellen Pauley (left) and Rachel Philpott who both achieved four A*s at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving her A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Rachel Philpott who achieved four A*s at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving her A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Students at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, (from left) Danny Lyttle, Rory Caddy, Robin Watts and John Matchett, after receiving their A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Students at Dominican College in Belfast after receiving their A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Tia Hamill (left) and Tara Burrows, from Holwood, at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving their A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sasha Cleere and her boyfriend Lewis Smyth at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving their A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sasha Cleere and her boyfriend Lewis Smyth at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving their A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bryony Coles at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, after receiving her A level results. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jubilant Northern Ireland students have outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales in the A-level results.

While pupils were able to check their grades online, many took the traditional route and travelled to school to find out with their friends.

Top grades were up slightly, with 29.5% of students achieving A or A* grades - an increase of 0.2% on last year - with A*-E grades remaining the same at 98.2%.

Girls have continued to outperform boys across all grades, but boys are closing the gap at the highest A* grade.

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Speaking at Sullivan Upper school in Holywood yesterday, Education Minister Peter Weir said: "My congratulations go to all of the pupils who have received their results today. Our young people have performed very well and I wish them well in their next steps. I am pleased that as with previous years our students have outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales."

The top A* grade went to 7.8% of girls, but with boys catching up by 0.1% to 7.5%.

Performance levels remained strong and stable, with 7.7% of entries receiving an A*, up 0.1% on last year.

Boys did, however, edge out in front in some individual subjects, including maths (13.6% compared to 8.2%) and history (7.9% compared to 6.8%).

Maths was the number one subject in terms of candidate choice this year, with nearly 11% of students in Northern Ireland taking it on. And 2016 is also the highest ever entry for girls taking maths, up 16% from 2014.

Subjects such as history, English and religious studies also remain in the top five most popular choices.

However, students picking language subjects dipped by 2.5%, largely due to a reduction in French studies.

For AS-level grades the results matched those in 2015, with 94.8% of students achieving A-E. Among those celebrating was Campbell College head boy Ben Taylor, who finished his year in style with 4A*s. He was joined by Alex Nagar, with both pupils achieving the top grades in mathematics, further mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Headmaster Robert Robinson said: "Ben has been an outstanding role model as head boy and with this performance he finishes his time at the college with a flourish."

Kerry Gilmore, who teaches English and media studies at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, added: "We had a lot of A* grades, and we're thrilled for the boys. It's great to see them in school today knowing they can embark on their future, and it's just lovely to see them in such good form."

Michelle Nugent, assistant principal at Belfast's Victoria College, said: "We are completely delighted. Once again the girls have excelled in their performance, with 82.6% of them getting A*-C grades, so they are really chuffed."

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