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Enniskillen school goes to top of class in final year

By Rebecca Black

An Enniskillen grammar school for boys scored the highest for a non-denominational school in Northern Ireland in its final year.

Portora Royal School was amalgamated with the Collegiate Grammar School in September 2016 to form the Enniskillen Royal School.

Neither school's results have been included in the Belfast Telegraph's league tables as they were not among the data supplied by the Department of Education.

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The last Portora headteacher Dr Neill Morton voiced his disappointment, and revealed it had excelled in its final year.

"In 2016 87.7% of our students achieved three subjects in the range A*-C at A-level. These results ranked Portora Royal School Portora's sixth in NI, and the highest ranking non-denominational school. At GCSE, all of our students achieved at least seven full GCSE subjects and a Short Course in RE at grades A*-C."

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said it did not receive fully validated data for either Portora or Collegiate.

"Only fully validated data is included in the Summary of Annual Examination Results database," she said.

"The requirement for the SAER exercise is underpinned by legislation, the Education Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003. Under the regulations, post-primary schools are required to provide information about public examination performance for the year immediately preceding the publication of the prospectus. It follows therefore that if a school has closed they will not be producing a prospectus. All other schools must provide data."

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