Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

GCSE results: The school where not one pupil failed

One of Northern Ireland’s top schools is celebrating after every single one of its GCSE pupils secured seven passes at grade B or above.

Lumen Christi College’s figures are all the more remarkable in that they include English and Maths and the lowest grade any pupil attained was B.

The principal of the Londonderry school, Patrick O' Doherty, said: “We are all delighted with this year's GCSE results — 100% of students achieving at least 7A* to B grades, including English and Mathematics, and 74.5% of all entries awarded A* or A grades.

“These excellent results are the product of the consistent hard work and commitment given by our students, staff and parents and we congratulate them all.”

Lumen Christi was one of only two post-primary schools in Northern Ireland to see 100% of pupils attain five GCSEs, including English and maths last year.

Last month it emerged that the Department of Education is to install two high-profile Sinn Fein members onto the board of governors of Lumen Christi — against the school’s wishes.

They are Paul Kavanagh, a convicted triple IRA killer who is now a special adviser to Martin McGuinness, and Mary Nelis, a fierce critic of academic selection.

Meanwhile, the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) also continued its trend of outstanding Maths results with seven pupils who sat the exam two years early.

Principal Janet Williamson said: “Congratulations to the six Year 11 boys and to the seven year 10 boys who achieved A* in GCSE Mathematics — this is a significant achievement and to the credit of the boys and to the Mathematics department.”

There were also celebration at Knockbreda High School in south Belfast, which almost doubled the percentage of pupils achieving A* to C grades at GCSE.

The school, which was placed in formal intervention by the Department of Education, has managed to turn its results around from 26% to 46%.

A spokesman for the school said several of the pupils have done “exceptionally well”.

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