For Limavady Grammar School student Katie Murray attending Cambridge University was a dream of hers since she was a little girl.
On Thursday she made that dream a reality after achieving an impressive three A* grades in A-level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A in A-level French.
The 18-year-old told the ‘Journal’: “I honestly can’t believe it. I did put a lot of work in, but I still never expected this. I was so suprised. I cried!”
Katie, from Eglinton, will study Economics. She was the only student from Limavady Grammar to apply to Cambridge.
“I was with my friends when I got my results and we were all just hugging each other. I still can’t believe it. I’m really excited about Cambridge. I’ve wanted to go there since I was young. I’m an only child and I’ll miss my parents and all my friends, but I’m also really excited.”
“I honestly never thought I would go to Cambridge. It’s been my dream,” added Katie.
Jenyth Evans, 18, from outside Dungiven, achieved an A* in English Literature, and three As in Mathematics, Physics and History, and will read Classics at Oxford.
“I’m just really happy,” Jenyth told the ‘Journal’. “I had really great teachers who helped me along, and I worked hard and fortunately it all worked out,” she said. “I am very excited, and want to thanks my parents Esther Harper and Ian Evans.”
Limavady Grammar School Principal Robert Wilson congratulated all students.
“The school enjoyed another very pleasing set of results with the overall pass rate reaching 98.6% and almost
two thirds of pupils achieving the top A*, A and B grades. Fourteen pupils gained three or more A*/A grades with two pupils, Jamie Barr and Eloise Robertson both achieving A* grades in the same four subjects - Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
“Other top achievers included Niamh Morrison, Katie Murray, Jonathan Simpson, Mollie Gault, Sarah Wright, Jenyth Evans, Matthew Stewart, Eimear Bowerman, Jack Lilley, Joshua McCracken, as well as Head Boy, Jordan Ferris and Head Girl, Claire Whiteside.
There was particular delight for two Grammar School pupils, Jenyth Evans and Katie Murray, both of whom achieved the grades required to take up their places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities respectively, Jenyth to read Classics and Katie to read Economics.
“Year 14 pupil Scott McClean who achieved A*, A and B grades and who is going to Queen’s University to study Accountancy confessed to being “astounded” at his results.
Head Girl, Claire Whiteside, who achieved three A grades and who is also going to Queen’s to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering said: “It feels like Christmas. I’m really excited about going to university but also sad to be leaving school. I’ve so many goodmemories from here.”
Not to be outdone, Year 13 pupils were equally happy to receive their AS results, with the number of pupils achieving four A-C grades increasing slightly this year to almost 40%.
Mr. Wilson was keen to praise the efforts of all pupils as well as their teachers at the Grammar School.
“Whilst we are delighted for pupils who have achieved top grades,” he stated, “ we are equally proud of all of our pupils who have worked to achieve the grades that they needed for their university courses.
“I would like to wish them all the very best as they move on to this exciting new stage in their lives.”