Smiles of delight for city’s sixth form pupils

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Hundreds of pupils from across the North West were this morning receiving their A-Level results.

Figures released this morning on behalf of the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQCIC), show that results at A level remain relatively stable with a slight increase in the percentage of entries being awarded the top A* grade, rising from 7.2% last year to 7.3% in 2014. At A* - A there was a slight decrease of 0.8% percentage points from last year to 29.9%, whereas entries achieving grades A* - C rose slightly to 83.7%. The percentage of entries achieving the overall A* - E pass rate has remained broadly similar at 98.1% as opposed to 98.2% in 2013.

Marie Lindsay principal of St Mary’s College said: “We are delighted with our results, they were outstanding. “It is great to see the pupils doing so well, it is so inspiring. We had our first boy getting his A-Level results too, Colm Quigley and he has done so well.”

Mrs Lindsay said the school had achieved strong performances in stem subjects as well as traditional subjects such as Art, Religion and Health and Social Care.

“ICT was a strong subject for us as was engineering. There is a lovely atmosphere here this morning. I got out of the car this morning and I got a hug from a daddy.”

Martine Mulhern, principal of St Cecilia’s College said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. So many of the girls have come up here this morning to tell us they have been accepted into the university they chose.

“We have done really well with a 99% pass rate, and many subjects with a 100% pass rate from grades A to C. We are very pleased with our Maths results where we had 40% of our grades As or Bs. This is recognition of the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils.

Marguerite Hamilton , Principal Thornhill College said: “We are absolutely delighted and so proud of all our girls who have achieved such outstanding success in their A level examinations. 97% (182 students) achieved 3+A*-C grades or equivalent at A level. 30 students achieved 3 or more A*/A grades. These outstanding results reflect the hard work and dedication of students and teachers and the vital support of parents. Many of our students have already confirmed places at their first choice universities and we wish them well at this exciting stage of their academic careers. It is wonderful to see the smiles of girls who know that their commitment to study and collaboration with teachers has been so successful.”

Finbarr Madden of St Columb’s College said: “I am delighted to be able to report an increased number of St Columb’s students attaining 3 A*-C grades in their A-levels and many Year 13s achieving top marks at AS-level. I am particularly pleased to see many of our leavers achieving A* and A grades in highly demanding courses, reaping the rewards of two years of intensive study. There has also been a very pleasing number of pupils achieving at least 3 straight A*-A grades (UNIVERSITY). Above all, though, I believe that these results clearly demonstrate our success in matching pupils’ academic ability, talents and interests to the most appropriate A-level options, thus allowing them to access their chosen third level course pathway.  

“Whilst I am delighted with the excellent results achieved by so many of our pupils, I am conscious that some boys will be disappointed by their grades. I would urge any pupil who has not achieved the results that he hoped for not to despair but rather to work with our Careers Team over the next few days so that we can identify alternative solutions.”


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