College A* and A grades rise ‘significantly’

Drama teacher Mrs Miriam Nelson, with students  Chloe McCooe (A), Larissa McIlrath (A*) and Abbie Grills (A). front from left, Grace Glasgow (A), Sophie Durand (A*), Rebecca Downey (A) and Kirsty McNiece (A). INPT35-212
Drama teacher Mrs Miriam Nelson, with students Chloe McCooe (A), Larissa McIlrath (A*) and Abbie Grills (A). front from left, Grace Glasgow (A), Sophie Durand (A*), Rebecca Downey (A) and Kirsty McNiece (A). INPT35-212
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The number of Portadown College students achieving A* and A grades at GCSE has increased “significantly” this year.

Some 96 per cent of all students gained seven or more passes at A*-C and 41 per cent of all grades were either A* or A.

Principal Simon Harper said he was “utterly delighted” and that the results were a “terrific reflection of the ability and industry of our young people”.

There were many outstanding individual performances: Claire Carswell, 10 A*s; Rachel Griffin, 10 A*s; Hannah Meredith, 10 A*s; Stewart Hodgen, nine A*s, one A; John Russell, nine A*s, one A; Emma Topley, nine A*s, one A; Reuben Brown, eight A*s, two As; Gabija Kleimenovaite, eight A*s, two As.

Also, Katie Topley, seven A*s, three As; Tom Freeburn, four A*s, six As; Bethany Proctor, four A*s, six As; Lucy McMahon, three A*s, seven As; Ross Wilson, three A*s, seven As; Katie Bell, two A*s, eight As.

Added Mr Harper, “Our students should be proud of their achievements and look forward to further success in the future.

They have worked hard and laid a very firm foundation for their next step and future careers.

“I am grateful to parents and guardians who have supported the College and the young people in their endeavours.

“I am also indebted to our staff in the College who provide first class teaching in a nurturing and caring environment.”