Schools across Derry yesterday reported extremely positive results as GCSE students gathered to get their examination results.
Some schools reported their best ever set of results, among them St Mary’s College.
Principal Marie Lindsay said: “We are over the moon. I cannot praise the class of 2016 enough. The outstanding success is the result of an awful lot of hard work and determination.
“We are very excited that these are our best ever GCSE results but what I love most about results day is watching those girls who have overcome huge obstacles to complete their course and get the grades that will take them on the next stage of their learning. It is a very special privilege to witness this.”
There were also celebrations among the consistent high achievers at Lumen Christi College in Bishop Street.
Principal Siobhan McCauley said: “We are delighted with the results. Over two-thirds of all exam entries achieved A*/A grades, while 85 per cent of all students attained 7A* to B including English and Maths. Over 40 per cent attained 10 A grades or more. I wish to express my gratitude to our students, staff and parents for all their hard work and support.”
Staff and students at Thornhill College were also celebrating an outstanding performance. An impressive 98.5 per cent of Thornhill girls achieved 7 or more A* to C grades. The school has seen a rise in the top grades with 87 per cent of these grades at A*-B, while 46 students achieved nine or more A*/A grades.
Principal Marguerite Hamilton paid tribute to the students’ “hard work and that of their teachers and also the support given by their parents.”
Meanwhile, the young children from Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir, Lecky Road, have accomplished a staggering feat by sitting their GCSE Irish exam in Primary 7.
A total of 11 children completed the exams at the age of just 10 or 11 years old, with two thirds being awarded grades A and A* and all of them being awarded grades A*to B.
Principal Mary Nic Ailín said: “We are absolutely delighted at the success. The dedication shown by our children, the staff and their parents throughout their primary school education has come to fruition today with these outstanding results.”
The Department for the Economy’s Careers Service is providing impartial careers advice.
Young people and parents can call 0300 200 7820 to speak directly to a careers adviser. You can also access useful information at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/results.