College ‘delight’ at rise in top GCSE grades

Star Pupils...Portadown College GCSE students Tim Neill and Faith Jenkinson who each achieved 10 A* grades.  INPT35-200.
Star Pupils...Portadown College GCSE students Tim Neill and Faith Jenkinson who each achieved 10 A* grades. INPT35-200.

The number of A* and A grades at GCSE has “increased significantly” this year at Portadown College.

Speaking today (Thursday) after the results were released, principal Simon Harper said he was “utterly delighted” at the strong performance.

He described the results as “a terrific reflection of the ability, industry and dedication of our young people”.

Some 92.2 percent of all students gained seven or more passes at A*-C and 42.4 per cent of all grades were either A* or A.

There were outstanding individual performances from Faith Jenkinson and Tim Neill, both of whom achieved a full complement of 10A* grades.

Additionally, a number of students enjoyed exceptional success with an array of A* and A grades. They are Lauren Shirley, Ryan Crory, Luci Mullan, Katie Neill, Leah Gracey, Samuel Robinson, Ross Good, Kiara McClelland and Katherine Whitten.

Also, Ross Gilmore, Rebecca Jones, Harry Kirkwood, Lauren McKinney, Beth Brown, Luke Harvey, Sophie Hill, Olivia Ingham, Juliette Roberts and Scott Watson.

Said 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 for their steadfast support of the College and commend 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.”