Markethill High School has been listed as one of the top three controlled, non-selective schools in Northern Ireland in this year’s annual listings compiled by the Irish News.
The non-grammar school list also places Markethill High in the top 15 of all non-selective schools in the province, based on the number of pupils leaving with five or more GCSEs at A*-C, including English and Maths.
The school came in at number 14, with 77.4 per cent of pupils achieving five GCSEs at grades A*-C, and 63.4 per cent of pupils achieving English and maths among those five.
The other local schools to feature in the list of top 50 schools were Saint Catherine’s College, Armagh, which weighed in at number five, and Drumcree College, Portadown, at number 32.
Markethill High, which offers pupils 27 GCSE subjects in-house, also celebrated its highest ever pass rates in GCSE English this year, currently sitting at 19 per cent above the Northern Ireland average.
The school is actively campaigning for a new build and sixth form provision.
Its principal James Maxwell said, “Our position as one of the top three non-selective controlled schools in Northern Ireland, coupled with our increasing enrolment of 500 pupils and our surplus budget, means that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why Markethill High should not have sixth form status.
“The school is absolutely delighted to read in the SELB’s latest area profile report from January 2015 that the board considers Markethill High School to be a successful, well subscribed school which requires a new capital build, and that the SELB are recognising our request for Sixth Form status.
We will work with the SELB to try and ensure that this happens soon.
“Despite another excellent listing in the League Tables, Markethill High School will not rest on its laurels.”