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Video: After countless sleepless nights Northern Ireland GCSE pupils celebrate success

By Mark Edwards and Ben Tucker

Students across Northern Ireland have expressed their relief after receiving their GCSE grades.

It has been another good year for Northern Ireland pupils who have once again outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales.

While there has been an increase in the attainment gap between girls and boys, the pupils at all boys school, the Royal Belfast Academical Institution performed extremely well.

Patrick Stafford got nine A* grades and two A grades and hopes to study history, politics and chemistry at A Level with the aim of studying history at university.

He said: "I am over the moon, I wasn't expecting that, but I am really pleased with how I did and that all the hard work has paid off."

Thomas Hall said he had many sleepless nights worrying about his grades, he need not have worried, he got five A* grades, four A grades, a B and a C.

He said: "I was worried today and yesterday but over all it was a very good result. I am definitely coming back here next year and I am going to do geography, economics, politics. Which was my plan."

Thomas hopes to follow in his mother's foot steps and study at Edinburgh University after completing his A Levels.

Lois McNally, from Dominican College in Fortwilliam was pleasantly surprised with how she did.

"I got five A* grades, five A grades and a B. I am really pleased with what I got. Some of them were really surprising," she said.

"My further maths, I was not expecting to a A* because it seemed really hard when I finished it. So much relief, I could not sleep last night but I will definitely be able to sleep tonight."

Lois will go on to study biology, chemistry, physics and French at A Level. 

Rebecca Callaghan got eight A* grades, an A and a B. She told the Belfast Telegraph she hopes to train to be a pilot when she leaves school.

Pupils at Belfast Model School for Girls also attained good results.

Hollie English said: "I had hardly any sleep, tossing and turning all last night anticipating what I was going to get.

"I got two A* grades, three A grades and three B grades and I am ecstatic."

Chantelle Louise Wishart said: "I got one A*, two A grades and four B grades. My sociology and ICT really surprised me. I was just expecting to pass but I got my A* in sociology and my A in ICT.

"I don't know what A Levels to pick but I really want to advance on to university, so hopefully I pick good A Levels."

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