After the nerves came joy for scores of Roe Valley teenagers, from Dungiven to Limavady, yesterday who were celebrating their AS and A-level results.
St. Mary’s, Limavady Principal Mary McCloskey said students “surpassed all expectations” stating the school’s largest A level group to date produced the best set of results in recent years.
“This year we have pupils accepting courses in Queens, University of Ulster, Maynooth, Newcastle and many others to study Chemical Engineering, Finance, Mathematics, Teaching, Performing Arts to name but a few,” said Principal McCloskey. “As a school we are delighted at the overall performance but more importantly we are elated at the individual achievements of our pupils who we wish every success on their continued path of education and onto their chosen careers.”
Mrs McCloskey added: “While recent media attention has focused on the idea that exams are getting easier our students have, as always, worked extremely hard over the past two years to achieve these grades and their results are a testament to the commitment and dedication shown throughout their academic studies at St. Mary’s.”
At Limavady Grammar School, Principal Robert Wilson said the overall pass rate was 98.8% for the 330 exams entered, which he said was down to the hard work and commitment of outgoing upper sixth pupils and staff. Ten students gained 3 or more straight A grades, with three pupils receiving 4 A*/A grades, said Mr. Wilson, while 83.6% of all grades awarded were at A*- C level.
Principal Wilson said, as of yesterday morning, the majority of the school’s A-Level students were successfully placed or awaiting confirmation on university places.
“It is delightful to see pupils who came to the school as hopeful young children set off to begin courses in subjects ranging from Accountancy to Zoology in both of the local universities and right throughout the UK,” added Principal Wilson.
At St. Patrick’s College, Dungiven, Acting Principal Majella McCartney said students “exceeded all expectations with every student improving on their AS grades”, with 100% of students awarded grades A*-E and 96% were awarded grades A*-D.
Thanking staff and parents, Ms McCartney wished students every success in their future education.
All schools said the results also show the importance of the Roe Valley Learning Community in providing courses for all students.