Derry schools united in celebration yesterday with fantastic GCSE results reported across the city.
Many of the schools enjoyed record results as anxious students ended their long summer wait following the completion of their GCSE exams.
Oakgrove Integrated College principal, Jill Markham, said it was a record year for the school.
“Our results have been excellent. We have had our best ever year by far with some outstanding individual performances.”
Marianna Doherty, Principal of St Brigid’s College, said the school “had the best results in its history”. “The results have been improving steadily and this year we’re more than happy. In terms of 5 plus A* to C grades, it’s the highest it has ever been for the school.”
St Cecilia’s College principal, Martine Mulhern, was similarly elated. “We did absolutely fantastically. The girls did brilliantly - the results are the best the school has ever seen. An impressive 94% have 5 plus A* to C grades.”
Frankie Orr, principal of Immaculate Conception College, was also delighted. “Last year we had the best GCSE results in the history of the school and this year we’ve beaten that.”
Thornhill College principal, Marguerite Hamilton, said 99% of her students achieved seven or more A* - C grades, the majority achieving seven or more A or A* grades. “This year our top students achieved an outstanding 13 A or A* grades.”
Lumen Christi College was celebrating yet another superb set of GCSE results. Patrick O’ Doherty, Principal, said: “We are all delighted with this year’s GCSE results - 100% of students achieving at least 7A* - B grades including English and Mathematics and 74.5% of all entries awarded A* or A grades.
Damien Harkin, principal of St Joseph’s Boys’ School, was pleased to report “a very healthy set of GCSE results.
Principal of St Patrick and St Brigid’s College, Jack McCauley, said his pupils achieved 70% A*-C grades. “We’re very pleased again with this year’s results”.
St Columb’s College Principal, Finbar Madden, said he was “particularly happy” with the top grades this year.
“96% of our 220 Year 12 boys achieved at least 5 A*- C grades at GCSE while almost 90% achieved at least 7 GCSE grades A* to C. In fact 28% of all our grades were either A or A*.”