Result! Long wait over for Derry's A-Level students

There were grins, cheers and just a few tears yesterday as students gathered at schools across Derry to collect their A-Level results.

Friday, 19th August 2016, 9:21 am
Updated Friday, 19th August 2016, 11:25 am
JUMPING FOR JOY!. . . .A bewildered looking St. Marys' College Vice Principal, Mr. Stephen Keown looks on as A Level students Kennedy Keeney-Robinson and twins Hannah and Rebecca Brown jump with joy after getting their grades yesterday morning. (Photo: Jim McCafferty Photography)

Excitement was building as students reconvened at their schools to discuss post-exam celebrations and starting the next chapter in their lives at university, in employment or via further education.

Some schools and colleges in the city achieved record results this year. The Year 14 students at St Joseph’s Boys’ School in Creggan produced the best set of results in the school’s history with 100% pass rate and a 23% increase in the number of pupils securing three A-C grades across a wide range of subjects.

Principal Damien Harkin said: “I look forward to them continuing to build on their accomplishments as they embark on the next stage of their education and career, confident in their ability to succeed.

Lumen Christi College principal Mrs. Siobhan McCauley, with five students who each received 4A* levels in their results. From left are Jack Bradley, Eva Kerr, Shannon Young, Brendan Flanagan and Ruiqi Wang. 3316-4862MT.

“On the pupils’ behalf I wish to thank our staff for the tremendous effort they make year on year to improve outcomes for our pupils.”

Marguerite Hamilton, Principal Thornhill College said said she was “so proud of all our girls” after they notched up a pass rate of 99.5%. We are particularly delighted for the 27 students who achieved 3+ A*/A grades, with nine of them achieving four A*/A grades.”

Miss Hamilton added: “These outstanding results reflect the hard work and dedication of students and teachers and the vital support of parents. Many of our students have already confirmed places at their first choice universities and we wish them well at this exciting stage of their academic careers. It is wonderful to see the smiles of girls who know that their commitment to study and collaboration with teachers has been so successful.”

In Bishop Street, meanwhile, Lumen Christi Principal, Siobhan McCauley, was also delighted with the achievement of their students.

St Brigid's College students pictured with Mrs O'Donnell, Director of Learning - Curriculum & Assessment.

She said: “We are extremely pleased with the results which reflect the hard work of our students, the commitment of staff and the unstinting support of parents.

“93 per cent of all grades were A*- C and 1/3rd of our students achieved an outstanding 3 As or more. We wish them all every success for the future.”

At St. Brigid’s College in Carnhill, meanwhile, Director of Learning Gerry McMonagle said: “We have had another year of excellent performance in A Level by our students.”

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Students from St. Cecilia's College pictured at the school yesterday morning discussing their success in A Level.
St Columbs College Derry high achievers who obtained four or more As at A Level pictured with staff at the school yesterday. Front (L-R) Mr J. Johnston senior teacher post 16 year-olds, Aobhan Burke, Jack Quigley, Andrew Ross, Mr FJM Madden principal, Aodhan Foster and Mr T, Bradley vice-principal. Middle- Jamie Hutton, Shane McLaughlin, Conal McLaughlin and Michael Quigley. Back - Diarmuid Molloy, Vincent Callaghan, Peter Madden, James ONeill and Mark Gorman. DER3316GS041
St Josephs Boys School Westway principal Mr Damien Harkin pictured with successful A level high achievers Patrick Anderson, Harry Curran and Ronan McLaughlin at the school yesterday. DER3316GS051
Ms. Marguerite Hamilton, Principal, Thornhill College pictured with A Level students Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Redden and Jayne Condron at the school yesterday morning after the students received their results.
Lumen Christi College principal Mrs. Siobhan McCauley, with five students who each received 4A* levels in their results. From left are Jack Bradley, Eva Kerr, Shannon Young, Brendan Flanagan and Ruiqi Wang. 3316-4862MT.
St Brigid's College students pictured with Mrs O'Donnell, Director of Learning - Curriculum & Assessment.
Students from St. Cecilia's College pictured at the school yesterday morning discussing their success in A Level.
St Columbs College Derry high achievers who obtained four or more As at A Level pictured with staff at the school yesterday. Front (L-R) Mr J. Johnston senior teacher post 16 year-olds, Aobhan Burke, Jack Quigley, Andrew Ross, Mr FJM Madden principal, Aodhan Foster and Mr T, Bradley vice-principal. Middle- Jamie Hutton, Shane McLaughlin, Conal McLaughlin and Michael Quigley. Back - Diarmuid Molloy, Vincent Callaghan, Peter Madden, James ONeill and Mark Gorman. DER3316GS041
St Josephs Boys School Westway principal Mr Damien Harkin pictured with successful A level high achievers Patrick Anderson, Harry Curran and Ronan McLaughlin at the school yesterday. DER3316GS051
Ms. Marguerite Hamilton, Principal, Thornhill College pictured with A Level students Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Redden and Jayne Condron at the school yesterday morning after the students received their results.