GCSE results best ever for Markethill High School

Emma Whiteside, top achieving girl, and Andrew Porter, top achieving boy, at Markethill High School along with William Johnston, chairman of the Board of Governors, left, and James Maxwell, principal, INPT36-037

Emma Whiteside, top achieving girl, and Andrew Porter, top achieving boy, at Markethill High School along with William Johnston, chairman of the Board of Governors, left, and James Maxwell, principal, INPT36-037

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Markethill High School is celebrating another top performance at GCSE with more than 90 per cent of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs grades.

Twelve students achieved seven A*-A grades or more, with Andrew Porter and Emma Whiteside attaining straight A*/A grades in their subjects.

More than 80 per cent of pupils passed GCSE English and the pass rate for maths is sitting at over 75 per cent, which is higher than the Northern Ireland averages.

The overall pass rate this year marks a 13 per cent increase on last year.

Principal James Maxwell said, “This is the best result in the school’s history and has the potential to place Markethill High School, once again, as a top and leading non-selective school.”

He said the Board of Governors and the whole community were very proud of what the students had achieved and said the high standards continued to impress.

Mr Maxwell added, “Behind every single grade is a story. A number of our pupils had many challenges during the course of their GCSE studies including ill health. I would want to convey my pride and admiration at how those pupils have achieved.

“We are absolutely delighted and I pay tribute to the dedication, hard work and sheer professionalism of the staff here at Markethill High School, who always go above and beyond to ensure our pupils are exceptionally well catered for, both academically and pastorally.

“The results are also a clear vindication of this school’s unrelenting priority on the development of outstanding practice in the classroom, as evidenced in our recently revised Learning and Teaching Policy.

“The 2016 GCSE results show that self-belief, hard work and commitment will bring success.”

In September 2016 the enrolment at Markethill High School will also break records, as it will go above 500 for the first time ever, with 116 new Year 8 pupils entering the school, leading to an overall enrolment of 515 pupils.