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GCSE: Northern Ireland School League Table 2017

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal in our exclusive school league table how every secondary school in Northern Ireland performed in the annual GCSE examinations sat in 2015/16 academic year.

Our percentage scores refer to how many students at each school achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths.

The Belfast Telegraph’s league tables include data on every secondary school in Northern Ireland.

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Rank School Name Town ** % year 12 pupils achieving 5+ GCSEs grades A*-C % of all pupils entitled to free school meals
1Antrim Grammar SchoolAntrim100.06.9
1Assumption Grammar SchoolBallynahinch100.011.8
1Loreto CollegeColeraine100.010.4
1Our Lady and St Patrick's CollegeBelfast100.04.2
1Rainey Endowed SchoolMagherafelt100.012.0
1Rathmore Grammar SchoolBelfast100.07.7
1St Dominic's High School, BelfastBelfast100.028.7
1St Louis Grammar School, BallymenaBallymena100.011.6
1Strathearn School, BelfastBelfast100.05.4
10Dominican College, BelfastBelfast99.318.8
10St Mary's Grammar School, MagherafeltMagherafelt99.38.2
10Friends' SchoolLisburn99.34.4
13Lumen Christi CollegeLondonderry99.214.3
13Dalriada SchoolBallymena99.27.6
15Omagh AcademyOmagh99.014.6
16Down High SchoolDownpatrick98.46.7
17Our Lady's Grammar SchoolNewry98.314.4
18Aquinas Diocesan Grammar SchoolBelfast98.17.9
18Regent House Grammar SchoolNewtownards98.110.9
20Mount Lourdes Grammar SchoolEnniskillen97.915.0
21Banbridge AcademyBanbridge97.85.8
22Loreto Grammar SchoolColeraine97.621.3
23Carrickfergus Grammar SchoolCarrickfergus97.510.4
24Sullivan Upper SchoolHolywood97.44.4
25St Malachy's College, BelfastBelfast97.318.3
25Cambridge House Grammar SchoolBallymena97.312.4
27Belfast Royal AcademyBelfast97.214.1
28Ballymena AcademyBallymena97.15.9
29Dominican College, PortstewartPortstewart97.015.6
30Grosvenor Grammar SchoolBelfast96.98.3
30The Royal School, ArmaghArmagh96.96.8
32Glenlola CollegiateBangor96.813.3
33Sacred Heart Grammar School, NewryNewry96.715.3
34Thornhill CollegeLondonderry96.525.5
35Methodist CollegeBelfast96.47.2
36St Comhghall's CollegeLisnaskea96.349.4
37Limavady Grammar SchoolLimavady96.218.7
38St Colman's College, NewryNewry96.014.7
39Bloomfield CollegiateBelfast95.914.5
40Lurgan CollegeLurgan95.28.4
41St Michael's College, EnniskillenEnniskillen95.116.5
41The Royal School, DungannonDungannon95.19.8
43Wallace High SchoolLisburn94.95.9
43St Joseph's Convent Grammar School, DonaghmoreDonaghmore94.924.0
45St Columb's College, LondonderryLondonderry94.528.3
46St Patrick's Academy, DungannonDungannon94.118.3
47The Royal Belfast Academical InstitutionBelfast93.98.0
47Foyle CollegeLondonderry93.918.6
47Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar SchoolNewry93.917.2
50Victoria CollegeBelfast93.511.3
51Christian Brothers' Grammar School, OmaghOmagh93.423.3
52Belfast High SchoolBelfast92.87.2
53Ballyclare High SchoolBallyclare92.44.5
54Wellington CollegeBelfast92.220.1
55Bangor Grammar SchoolBangor91.512.1
56St Louis Grammar School, KilkeelKilkeel91.322.3
57Portadown CollegePortadown90.57.4
58Hunterhouse CollegeBelfast89.912.5
59St Patrick's Grammar School, DownpatrickDownpatrick89.813.4
60Larne Grammar SchoolLarne88.313.0
61Coleraine Grammar SchoolColeraine86.612.6
62Campbell CollegeBelfast82.72.4
63St Eugene's College, RosleaRoslea81.326.8
64St Patrick's College MagheraMaghera79.520.2
65Newtownhamilton High SchoolNewry78.624.9
66St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar, BelfastBelfast78.538.5
67St Patrick's High School, KeadyKeady77.533.0
68St John's CollegeOmagh77.348.0
69St Killian's CollegeLarne75.821.2
70St Patrick's Grammar School, ArmaghArmagh74.528.3
71St Catherine's CollegeArmagh74.132.5
72St Colm's High School, DraperstownDraperstown70.119.7
73Colaiste FeirsteBelfast69.465.8
74Cross and Passion CollegeBallycastle67.724.0
75St Ronan's CollegeLurgan65.826.3
76St Patrick's College, BanbridgeBanbridge65.236.5
77St Patrick's College, DungivenDungiven65.149.2
78Markethill High SchoolMarkethill64.821.6
79St Paul's High School, BessbrookBessbrook64.440.3
80St Mary's College, LondonderryLondonderry64.360.9
81St Paul's CollegeColeraine64.226.2
82St Pius X CollegeMagherafelt63.223.3
83St Mary's High School, NewryNewry62.547.2
84New-Bridge Integrated CollegeLoughbrickland62.225.1
85St Columbanus' CollegeBangor61.728.5
86St Mary's High School, BrollaghBrollagh61.153.9
86Ballycastle High SchoolBallycastle61.130.9
86Our Lady of Lourdes High SchoolBallymoney61.145.3
89Castlederg High SchoolOmagh60.942.0
90Rathfriland High SchoolNewry60.326.3
91St Ciaran's High SchoolDungannon60.028.3
92Strabane AcademyStrabane59.541.1
93Aughnacloy CollegeAughnacloy59.429.4
94Slemish CollegeBallymena58.623.4
95Dean Maguirc CollegeOmagh58.041.5
96St Mary's College, PortglenonePortglenone57.924.6
97Holy Cross CollegeStrabane57.544.5
98St Genevieve's High SchoolBelfast57.454.6
99Dromore High SchoolDromore56.617.5
100Little Flower Girls' SchoolBelfast56.556.5
101St Mark's High SchoolWarrenpoint56.239.5
102Fort Hill CollegeLisburn56.133.6
103Sperrin Integrated CollegeMagherafelt56.025.6
104St Patricks & St Brigids High SchoolClaudy53.844.1
105Shimna Integrated CollegeNewcastle53.030.3
106Lisnagarvey High SchoolLisburn52.738.3
107Fivemiletown CollegeFivemiletown52.524.0
108St Aidan's High SchoolFermanagh52.227.5
109Omagh High SchoolOmagh51.733.4
109Lisneal CollegeLondonderry51.751.6
111Cookstown High SchoolCookstown51.624.5
112Holy Trinity CollegeCookstown51.148.6
113St Louise's Comprehensive CollegeBelfast50.956.6
114St Cecilia's CollegeLondonderry50.459.6
115Saintfield High SchoolSaintfield50.017.6
116Ashfield Boys' High SchoolBelfast49.541.9
116Kilkeel High SchoolKilkeel49.522.5
118St Benedict's CollegeRandalstown49.235.1
119Lagan CollegeBelfast48.824.7
120Hazelwood CollegeNewtonabbey48.755.7
120Banbridge High SchoolBanbridge48.730.8
122St Columba's CollegePortaferry48.529.9
123Drumragh Integrated CollegeOmagh47.739.3
124Drumcree CollegeCraigavon47.651.4
125St Fanchea's CollegeEnniskillen47.436.9
126St Mary's Secondary School, IrvinestownIrvinestown47.151.1
127St Joseph's College, ColeraineColeraine46.940.4
128Laurelhill Community CollegeLisburn46.728.2
129Newry High SchoolNewry46.437.5
130St Mary's High School, LimavadyLimavady45.846.8
130St Joseph's College, EnniskillenEnniskillen45.843.9
132Erne Integrated CollegeEnniskillen45.532.4
133Lismore Comprehensive SchoolCraigavon45.440.5
133St Patrick's College, DungannonDungannon45.439.3
135St Joseph's College, BelfastBelfast44.950.9
136Drumglass High SchoolDungannon44.231.1
137St Colm's High School, BelfastBelfast43.970.2
138Belfast Boys' Model SchoolBelfast43.856.6
139Devenish CollegeEnniskillen43.729.9
140St Colmcille's High School, CrossgarCrossgar43.534.7
140St Patrick's Academy, LisburnLisburn43.531.2
142Oakgrove Integrated CollegeLondonderry42.752.0
143Ulidia Integrated CollegeCarrickfergus41.727.0
144St Columban's CollegeKilkeel41.451.9
145City Armagh High SchoolArmagh40.936.2
146Priory CollegeHolywood40.334.3
147Carrickfergus CollegeCarrickfergus40.033.8
148Strangford Integrated CollegeNewtownards39.730.7
149Integrated College DungannonDungannon39.536.7
150Parkhall Integrated CollegeAntrim39.238.9
151The High School BallynahinchBallynahinch38.921.8
152Corpus Christi CollegeBelfast38.172.7
152St Malachy's High School, CastlewellanCastlewellan38.139.1
154Cullybackey High SchoolCullybackey37.931.8
155Malone Integrated CollegeBelfast37.764.1
156Ashfield Girls' High SchoolBelfast37.639.3
157St Joseph's Boys' High School, NewryNewry33.349.7
158Ballyclare Secondary SchoolBallyclare37.021.9
159Dunclug CollegeBallymena36.835.9
159Edmund Rice CollegeGlengormley36.852.2
161St Brigid's College, CarnhillLondonderry36.169.0
162Belfast Model School For GirlsBelfast35.657.4
163St Joseph's Secondary School, LondonderryLondonderry35.466.6
164Coleraine CollegeColeraine35.350.9
164Nendrum CollegeComber34.736.2
165Limavady High SchoolLimavady34.442.2
165De La Salle High SchoolDownpatrick34.440.1
167Bangor Academy and 6th Form CollegeBangor34.129.1
168Craigavon Senior High SchoolCraigavon34.035.1
169St Mary's High School, DownpatrickDownpatrick33.943.7
170St Joseph's High School, CrossmaglenCrossmaglen37.448.0
171Ballymoney High SchoolBallymoney32.240.2
172Larne High SchoolLarne32.139.7
173Glastry CollegeBallyhalbert31.829.8
174Downshire SchoolHillsborough31.030.1
174Crumlin Integrated CollegeCrumlin31.038.0
174St Joseph's College, CoalislandCoalisland31.058.8
177Sacred Heart College, OmaghOmagh30.348.9
178Christian Brothers School, BelfastBelfast30.063.7
178St Colman's High School, BallynahinchBallynahinch30.036.5
180Glengormley High SchoolGlengormley29.338.6
181Dundonald High SchoolDundonald29.054.0
182Magherafelt High SchoolMagherafelt27.630.0
183Movilla High SchoolNewtownards27.553.4
184St Patrick's College BallymenaBallymena27.338.9
185North Coast Integrated CollegeColeraine26.948.2
186Dunluce High SchoolBushmills26.845.6
187De La Salle CollegeBelfast25.850.3
188Breda AcademyBelfast24.548.9
189Mercy CollegeBelfast23.374.7
190Abbey Community CollegeBelfast23.048.8
191Blackwater Integrated CollegeDownpatrick22.940.8
191Brownlow Int CollegeArmagh22.952.6
193St Rose's Dominican CollegeBelfast20.968.5
194St Patrick's College, BelfastBelfast18.560.2

Source: Summary of Annual Examination Results

1. The information contained in this table does not provide a valid basis for comparing performance between schools, since it takes no account of intakes of the schools or of any other factors that may affect pupil performance.

2. No single measurement can constitute a fair or accurate evaluation of a school, but should be considered in the context of other information about a school and its pupils; these data should be interpreted in that light.

** % year 12 pupils achieving 5+ GCSEs grades A*-C (including equivalents) including GCSE English and GCSE maths

Methodology: how we put data together

The Belfast Telegraph is the only source of comprehensive league tables showing the results of every post-primary school in Northern Ireland.

We obtained the data for these tables from Northern Ireland's Department of Education for A-level and GCSE examinations sat in the 2015/16 academic year following a Freedom of Information request and compiled the figures into easy-to-read league tables, ordered from top to bottom.

In the A-level league tables we have used the percentage of pupils in the final year of a level 3 course who achieved three A-levels between an A* to C grade in each school as the standard measure.

There are then 31 schools where A-levels were either not sat in the 2015/16 academic year or where the numbers of pupils in each school who sat the exams were so low that the pupils could be identified if results were published. We have not ranked these schools by number.

The Department of Education supplied the data, but it does not produce A-level or GCSE league tables and has asked us to point out that it does not endorse them.


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