Pupils in Craigavon Senior High School are celebrating the best ever GCSE results in the history of the school.
Almost 60 per cent achieved five or more GCSE passes at A*-C grades, with a significant increase in the number of pupils securing at least five GCSE passes
including English and maths.
Additionally, 94.4 per cent of the 90 pupils who sat nine GCSE subjects achieved five or more GCSE passes at A*-C grades.
The top three achievers gaining nine GCSEs, including A* and A grades, are Manus Wong, Megan Fiddes and Conor McCleery. Included also in the list of top performing students are Amylee Parr, Jack Robinson, Dylan Buttery, Aaron Hewitt and Sam Allen whose results also include a number of A* and A grades.
This group was closely followed by Karl Johnston, Ryan Taylor, Charissa Swaffield, Joshua Law and Matthew Wickham whose achievements are also highly commended.
Acting principal Mrs Eileen Cousins said, “These results reflect the work ethic and determination of a cohort of young people who have worked extremely hard and who deserve to do well.
“These superb grades will provide them with a sound platform for continuing their studies in sixth form and further education and training courses.”
Mrs Cousins also said this year’s cohort of examination candidates consisted of an increased number of pupils for whom English is not their first language.
Emphasising the dedication and commitment of the teaching and support staff, she added, “The school’s focus on tracking pupil progress, together with a strong pastoral care system, wide range of after school support tutorials and extended programme of formalised revision sessions, have seen students achieve the best results ever recorded in the school.”
“Our teachers are proud of the success of all our pupils. We value the achievements of all our young people and recognize that not everyone can achieve top GCSE grades. We are also incredibly proud of those pupils who have demonstrated significant progress in their studies and in particular we wish to
acknowledge the achievement of those who have excelled in their Occupational Studies Programme and in their work placements.
“Through work experience, many of our young people have developed core skills of team work, problem solving and self-reliance in the workplace. They have demonstrated attributes of a positive work ethic, maturity and confidence and we also applaud their efforts.”