High praise for St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s

Students who achieved high grades and senior staff pictured at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy. Included are, seated from left, Ryan Brolly, top achieving boy, Elaine McAnaney, senior teacher, Deirdre O'Kane, incoming Principal, Jack McCauley, retiring Principal, Eamon Mullan, retiring Vice-Principal, Anne Toner, senior management, and Maria Samamiego, top achieving girl. INLS3414-163KM
Students who achieved high grades and senior staff pictured at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy. Included are, seated from left, Ryan Brolly, top achieving boy, Elaine McAnaney, senior teacher, Deirdre O'Kane, incoming Principal, Jack McCauley, retiring Principal, Eamon Mullan, retiring Vice-Principal, Anne Toner, senior management, and Maria Samamiego, top achieving girl. INLS3414-163KM

St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s College, Claudy is celebrating yet another stunning performance from its Year 12 GCSE students with 72% of its students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades.

58% of students have achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths, far surpassing last year’s result which topped the tables for similar schools in the North West.

Eamon Mullan, retiring Vice-Principal, pictured with students, from left, Calire Conway, Collette Conway, Maria Samamiego, Orla Moore, Kerry McKinney and Rianna Cunning, as they check their grades at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy. INLS3414-164KM

Eamon Mullan, retiring Vice-Principal, pictured with students, from left, Calire Conway, Collette Conway, Maria Samamiego, Orla Moore, Kerry McKinney and Rianna Cunning, as they check their grades at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy. INLS3414-164KM

The vast majority of departments have results which greatly exceed the Northern Ireland averages (Non Grammar). Some highlights include a 100% pass rate (A*-C) in English Literature and 78% in English Language. The school’s French Department also performed extremely well achieving 93% (A*-C) a massive difference of almost 23% above the NI average. The school is also very proud of its Occupational Studies pupils who achieved 100% (A*-C).

Commenting on the GCSE results, retiring school principal, Jack McCauley, lavished praise on the hard work of the students, the commitment and dedication of the teachers and the strong support of parents. In recent years St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s College has topped the league tables for non-grammar schools in the Derry City Council area on several occasions. This year the GCSE results are the best the school has ever achieved, with 58% of students getting five or more A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics.

Individual performances have been outstanding. The school is particularly proud of its top performing boy and girl. Ryan Brolly who has achieved 5A* and 4 As and Maria Samaniego who has attained 4A*, 4A and 2B grades.

Ryan Brolly, a former Head Boy, was delighted with his success at the school, “I attended St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s for five years and throughout my time I had an amazing experience. I would not hesitate to recommend this school for any prospective pupils. It is with deep regret that I now have to leave this school as the school does not presently have sixth form provision. I hope to continue my education, studying A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, History and English Literature before moving on to university to study Medicine.”

Jack McCauley, who is retiring from his post at Principal at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy, pictured with Maria Samamiego and Ryan Brolly, who were the school's top achievers in the 'A' Level examinations. INLS3414-165KM

Jack McCauley, who is retiring from his post at Principal at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy, pictured with Maria Samamiego and Ryan Brolly, who were the school's top achievers in the 'A' Level examinations. INLS3414-165KM

The top achieving girl, Maria Samaniego was also full of praise and admiration for St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s, “I moved to Northern Ireland almost six years ago, as a native Spanish speaker and with English as a second language. This was initially a huge challenge for me. St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s helped me overcome this. “

Newly appointed principal, Deirdre O’Kane stated, “I am thrilled to be taking up the role of principal in such a high-achieving school, which places so much emphasis on supporting the whole child. It is clear that this level of success is no co-incidence but the result of the wonderful support offered to all pupils here in St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s College. Despite news reports of a sharp fall in the number of pupils achieving a pass in English across Northern Ireland, England and Wales, pupils at St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s continue to excel , with a staggering 78% of our Year 12 pupils securing A*-C in English.”

“I very much look forward to working with pupils, their parents and staff at the college to secure further success in the coming years.”

Deirdre O'Kane, who is the newly appointed Principal at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy, pictured with Shane O'Neill, Odhran Crumley and Conall White, when they called in at the school to check their grades. INLS3414-166KM

Deirdre O'Kane, who is the newly appointed Principal at St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College, Claudy, pictured with Shane O'Neill, Odhran Crumley and Conall White, when they called in at the school to check their grades. INLS3414-166KM