Pupils across Derry received their A-Level results yesterday, with school principals consistently praising their excellent grades.
Lumen Christi College have reported “an outstanding year” with over half of all students attaining at least three A Grades at A-Level and 91% of all entries resulting in A or B grades.
Marguerite Hamilton, Principal Thornhill College, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our students’ achievements this year with 95% achieving 3+ A*- C grades or equivalent at A Level.”
The hard work of the students was praised at every school.
St. Columb’s College principal Sean McGinty said: “We are delighted at the performance of our students. Their success is the culmination of several years hard work on the part of our students, their teachers and their parents.”
St. Joseph’s principal Mr Damien Harkin said: “Our pupils see their education as extremely important, are totally focused on their studies and have worked very hard for these results.”
Concurring with these sentiments, the vice-principal of St. Brigid’s College, George Chambers said: “Our students’ hard work has been rewarded again. Allowing students to take subjects at other schools across the city has also helped us offer a wider range of A-levels and most have come away today with 100% pass rate.”
Places at the universities have been tough this year too, with students trying to get in before the price hike for fees comes in next September.
One Thornhill student, Catherine Lynch, told us: “I really felt the pressure this year because it will cost so much more to go next year. But I’m delighted with my results and will be going to university at the end of next month.”
Principal of Foyle College, Jack Magill, agrees: “The pressure was on applications before the fees go up next year and our careers staff have been working very hard to help our students get the course they want.
“Our results are well above the national average and we are very pleased with the number of students getting the new A* grade.”
More and more students are also trying to continue their higher education closer to home.
St Mary’s College principal Marie Lindsay said: “More of our girls are concerned about going away but we expect all of our students to get offers of places at university or further education. We are delighted to see their hard work reflect in their grades.”
Finally, at St. Cecilia’s College, principal Kathleen Gormley said: “Our results have been brilliant, especially for an all-ability school. But we are finding the universities are asking for higher and higher grades, so our pupils are looking at larger range of courses, everything from mechanical engineering to social work, and from teaching to criminology.”
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan congratulated students in Derry on their A-level results and wished them success in their future endeavours.
“It is heartening that A-level students are continuing to perform extremely well - an achievement which is contributed to by a variety of schools of different types in Derry - secondary, grammar and our regional college of further education. I wish all A-level students in Derry well in whatever direction they choose to take.”