Call for ‘Sixth Form Centre’ at Limavady schools

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A Limavady principal whose school welcomed the “largest Sixth Form ever” this week has called for a ‘Sixth Form Centre’ to be built in a new shared campus with a neighbouring school.

Mary McCloskey was speaking after the St. Mary’s welcomed 100 pupils into Year 13 on 1st September.

Year 13 at St Mary's Limavady, with school princpal Mary McCloskey and form tutors. INLV3715-207KDR

Year 13 at St Mary's Limavady, with school princpal Mary McCloskey and form tutors. INLV3715-207KDR

“This is the largest sixth form ever at St Mary’s, and is attributable to the excellent results received at GCSE and the reputation of the school at post 16,” said Mrs McCloskey.

“Bringing the total number in sixth form to over 150 pupils, St Mary’s is delighted that this evidences the need for a Sixth Form Centre to be built in the new shared campus with Limavady High School. All pupils are catered for at St Mary’s. The majority of pupils will undertake ‘A’ level course at S Mary’s with support from North West Regional College and the schools of the Roe Valley Learning Community.

“Many students will take courses in the area of STEM with Technology, Engineering, ICT and Maths being extremely popular.

“A new Level 3 course has been introduced that recognises and caters for the sporting talent within the school, attracting 18 pupils from St Mary’s and other schools. This course will develop pupils’ sporting ability through a coaching course, Level 3 Sports Studies, as well as a Level 3 course in ICT. The coaching course will be delivered by the Lee Carroll Coaching Academy and is the first in the North West.

Triplets Kasie, Codie and Ellie McCafferty former pupils of Faughanvale Primary School pictured on the first day of year 8 at St Mary's Limavady. INLV3715-031KDR

Triplets Kasie, Codie and Ellie McCafferty former pupils of Faughanvale Primary School pictured on the first day of year 8 at St Mary's Limavady. INLV3715-031KDR

“Our third course is the National Award course with pupils taking two courses from Business, Travel & Tourism, Sport and Health and Social Care. These courses build on the pupils’ talents and abilities, and have proved very successful over the years.”