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Northern Ireland prepares for A-Level results

Northern Ireland's young people are facing an anxious wait with A-Level results to be released on Thursday.

Thousands of students across the country find out if they've got the grades needed for their chosen career path.

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St Louis Grammar in Ballymena was the top performing school at A-Level in Northern Ireland last year with 96.5% of pupils at receiving three or more top grades at A-level.

They were followed by Lumen Christi College in Londonderry (95.4%) and St Dominic's Grammar School for Girls in west Belfast (92.4%).

Last year girls outperformed boys by 1.5% at the A* grade and by 6.5% at the A*-A grade.

Northern Ireland was the best-performing region of the UK at A-level, with 98.3% of students achieving A*-E grades, an increase of 0.1% on 2016.

Children's charity Childline has urged young people worried about their GCSE and A-level grades to get in touch and not suffer in silence.

Over the past two years 70 children from Northern Ireland concerned about results were counselled by the charity, 38 in 2017/18 and 32 the previous year.

Childline offers free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at

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