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O’Dowd visits St Killian’s College, Carnlough

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Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has visited St Killian’s College in Carnlough.

The all-ability school was formed in 2010 following the amalgamation of three post-primary schools in the area. During his visit the Minister was given a tour of the school facilities and met with pupils, teachers and representatives from the Board of Governors.

The Minister said: “I welcome the opportunity to visit St Killian’s College today and would like to thank the Principal, Jonathan Brady, for his kind invitation. While St Killian’s is a relatively new school, following the recent amalgamation, it has already established itself in the local community and the quality of education being provided is of a very high standard.

“In fact, just last week representatives from St Killian’s attended the annual reception held to celebrate those schools that have, over the past year, been awarded one of the top ratings following inspection. The Education and Training Inspectorate commended the high quality of leadership and pastoral care at the school as well as the standards achieved by pupils in public examinations.

“The percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths is above the average for similar non-selective schools and consistently well above the average for all schools.”

In conclusion the Minister said: “I would like to thank everyone at St Killian’s for their warm welcome here today. We are well into the exam period now and I wish all the pupils, particularly those doing their GCSEs and A levels, the very best of luck. Finally I want to commend all the staff at St Killian’s for their continuing commitment and hard work.”

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