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A range of performances from 'top of the class' to 'could do better'

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/05/2016

St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt

St Mary’s has achieved a 100% pass rate at GCSE (including English and maths) for the fourth year in a row.

Principal Deirdre Gillespie said: “We have a very strong focus on learning, as a school we have put a lot of responsibility on to the young people for their learning and I think we are seeing the fruits of that. I put in a well-resourced learning support structure within the school where any of our youngsters who were identified as under-achievers got additional support.”

Dominican College, Belfast

The north Belfast Catholic grammar for girls has scored a 100% pass rate at GCSE (including English and maths) for the second year in a row.

Principal Sally McGahan said: “It is to their enormous credit that our girls have performed so well in a diverse range of academic subjects, whilst also making striking contributions to all aspects of school life.

“This cohort of pupils also participated fully in our extensive programme of extra-curricular activities including sports, drama, music and the arts.”

Dalriada School, Ballymoney

Dalriada has had a great year for both A-level and GCSE results, achieving 100% pass grades at GCSE (including maths and English) and leapfrogging 22 places up the league tables for A-level pass grades.

Headmaster Thomas Skelton said: “This is a real coup for us; we have had real emphasis in the last few years in literacy and numeracy in the school to make sure everyone gets that ‘C’ because it is vital for their education whether they stay at Dalriada or go on. Everyone needs a good pass in GCSE maths.”

Loreto College, Coleraine

Loreto has maintained its academic excellence, scoring a 100% pass rate at GCSE (including English and maths) three years after it stopped using academic selection at age 11.

Principal Michael James said it aims to maintain the standard: “That would have been a cohort that would have been academically selected so we would have very high expectations of them, and so the 100% pass rate doesn’t come as a particular surprise, but it is trying to maintain those standards going forward that will be the aim.”

Movilla High School, Newtownards

Movilla has shown that it is continuing to struggle with just 13.2% of the grades achieved between A* to C, including English and maths. The percentage improved slightly from the 12.4% the school scored in the previous year.

Without these core subjects included, its pass rate rises slightly to 18.4%.

The school remains in formal intervention, where it was placed in May 2014, however, with a new principal since September 2015, Movilla has an opportunity to turn things around.

Dundonald High School

Dundonald High School’s results this year can be argued to be deceptive, with only 19.4% pass grades (including English and maths), but an impressively higher 80% pass rate when the core subjects of English and maths are not included.

The school previously struggled, having been placed into formal intervention (which it came out of last year), and was also earmarked for closure in 2013. However, an energetic campaign by local parents to keep its doors open earned it a stay of execution.

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