Students and staff at St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s College, Claudy are celebrating the publication of data which confirms that it is the best performing, non-selective school in the North West, based on the percentage of Year 12 students achieving five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and Maths.
Principal, Mr Jack McCauley, said: “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff and students are being rewarded. The minimum that employers expect in these difficult economic times, when competition is fierce, is five good GCSEs including English and Maths.
“This is an inclusive College. Everyone is welcome but our ultimate aim is to achieve the highest educational standards for all, irrespective of background, beliefs or ability. This being so, I am all the more delighted.”
He continued: “Parents have never been better informed about schools than they are today and it is absolutely right that they demand the very best for their children. Our mission is to meet this expectation, and, increasingly, more and more parents trust us to do so. That is why we draw our students from all over Derry City and the Waterside, Eglinton, Ballykelly, Foreglen, Feeny and, of course Claudy and its rural hinterland. This is possible through our excellent transport system and our own subsidised, private bus network.
“We will continue to work in close partnership with parents as this is vital if we are to maintain the highest levels of academic excellence.”
Chair of Governors, Mr Eddie Kerlin said: “It is fantastic news. If the numbers which flocked to the recent Open Evening are anything to go by, parents are increasingly looking to send their children to a co-educational, all ability school which gets results. These figures prove St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s does just that and currently does it better than anyone else.”
Students too are very pleased with the news.
Head Girl, Niamh Hall, explained: “There was a huge cheer when Mr McCauley told us in assembly that we had topped the league table for the number of students achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C with English and Maths. It’s reassuring to know that we have excellent staff as we prepare for our exams in the summer and we are all very determined to do even better this year.’
Head Boy, Conor Doherty, continued: “We realise the importance of good GCSE grades and in particular good grades in English and maths, not just for our future studies at A-Level but also later when looking for employment. This is something we are constantly being told.’
Caitlin O’ Hare is one of those students whose hard work and determination contributed to the college’s success. She is now studying A Levels at Thornhill College where she has recently been appointed Deputy Head Girl.
She commented: “I am very grateful to have studied at St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s College. It really is a very good school. It prepared me so well for the demands of A Level. I am really enjoying my time at Thornhill which is a great school too.
“Settling in was easy as so many ‘Claudy’ girls transfer each year so I knew lots of people already. Becoming Deputy Head Girl is a real honour and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.”