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I am over the moon: Watch Northern Ireland students open A Level results

By Michael Sheils McNamee

Across Northern Ireland students have been opening their A Level results and making their plans for the future.

Results have showed male students outperforming female students in achieving the A* for the first time since it was introduced in 2010.

The percentage of those receiving grades A* to A remained unchanged, with just under a third - 30.4% - achieving grades in the bracket.

The Belfast Telegraph checked in with students at Ballyclare High, Hazelwood Integrated College, and Ashfield Girls' School to see how they performed and what their plans are now.

Principal from Ballyclare High Michelle Rainey said: "We are delighted with the results this year, we have maintained our top grades, the A-A*s, in terms of our percentages, and we’ve also pulled up our three A*-C, which is our indicator for grammar schools in Northern Ireland."

Rory Dorman achieved three A* grades and is hoping to study actuarial science in UCD in Dublin, but will not find out whether he has been admitted for another four days.

Euan Woodside, also a pupil at the school, achieved two A*s and and A in Maths, Chemistry and Biology and will be in Edinburgh next year to study veterinary medicine.

Over at Hazelwood Integrated College Paul Gorman told the Belfast Telegraph: "I got a merit in my sports studies, a pass in my science, and I got a C in my history, so I’m going off to John Moores in Liverpool to do Educational studies, so hopefully that will work out for me."

Another student at the school David Connor said: "I got a distinction star in public services, I got a merit in sports studies, and a merit in business studies. So I am over the moon.”

Hazelwood's acting vice-principal Gary Brennan said: "I was delighted with the result. You see the students this morning, you see how happy they are. That’s all down to the work of the students, their parents and carers, and the college and our teachers, that everybody has put in. It is days like today that you absolutely love."

At Ashfield Girls' High School, Emily Greer achieved three Bs and will be going to Queen's to study marine biology.

"All the diving stuff sounds quite cool, but I just want to work with animals. That’s just what I want to do," she said.

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