College head praises pupils on ‘well-deserved results’

Zoe Burns, Lisa Willis and Laura Winter who all achieved the grades they needed to get on the same course in Queen's University. INPT3315-416
Zoe Burns, Lisa Willis and Laura Winter who all achieved the grades they needed to get on the same course in Queen's University. INPT3315-416

The long wait was over for sixth form students at Portadown College last week, as many turned up at the school to collect their A-level results.

It was good news for the majority, with 63 per cent of all grades at B or better.

A total of 99.5 per cent of all grades recorded, all 570 of them in 25 different subjects, were passes.

Said principal Simon Harper, “It is also very reassuring that the vast majority of students have secured their all-important places in higher education.

“I pay tribute to all of our young people who have worked hard to secure these well-deserved outcomes; I am also most grateful to the staff here at the College who continue to provide high-quality education for the students.

“Equally I also appreciate parents and their input and influence in achieving these results.”

The following students achieved three or more A* or A grades - Anna Hunter, Megan Henry, Neil Reilly, Zoe Burns, Michelle Trouton, Myfanwy Carville, Jasmine Henderson, Cassie Flack, Hollie Le Cheminant, Rebekah Graham, Melissa Robertson, Nicole Hamilton and Nathan Rutherford.

There were outstanding performances by Josh Ruddell (four A*s), Andrew Carrick (two A*s, two As), Jill McDowell (two A*s, two As), Jordon Montgomery (two A*s, two As), James Cunningham (two A*s, one A), Mary Jenkinson (two A*s, one A), Michael Quin (two A*s, one A) and Leanna Topley (two A*s, one A).

Year 13 students also performed very well. The following students all got four or more A grades: Ryan Davison (five As), Jonathan Farrell (four As), Jayne Fenton (four As), Sarah Gawley (four As), Matthew Haugh (four As), Amber Kemp (four As), Josh Mathers (four As), Sarah O’Reilly (four As) and Kaitlin Whyte (four As).