Celebrations as Slemish students once again secure top marks in examinations
Students, parents and staff were delighted with GCSE and A level performances with many Slemish College students achieving top grades in the recent examinations, across the curriculum.
Principal Dr Paul McHugh commented “Our College’s commitment to ensuring each individual fulfils their true potential was reflected by the pleasing number of As and A*s achieved not only in Academic subjects but also in vocational areas. We have seen the fruits of careful curriculum planning which has enabled our students, ensuring that the individual learner can not only aim high, but achieve success because they are developing their skills along with passion for the subjects they are studying.”
At A Level, the College saw marked improvement this year with the percentage of students getting 3 or more A Levels at grades A* - C increasing by 21% from last summer. 98% of students achieved at least 2 good A level passes whilst a quarter of students achieved a grade A, in-line with targets and a reflection of the careful tracking and monitoring system employed by the college. Some subjects were particularly successful with all Further Maths and all Media Studies students achieving a grade B or above at A2. Other subjects such as Business Studies, Travel and Tourism, Geography, History, Religious Studies and Technology and Design secured 100% of all grades at C or above. Likewise almost a third of all Law students achieved a Grade A* or A at A2.
Head of Sixth Form Mrs Dawn Mitchell commended the students and their teachers for their hard work and commitment, saying, “I am so pleased to see so many of our young people being rightfully rewarded with such fantastic grades. We have watched them develop both academically and pastorally and I am proud of all their achievements, not just those which are assessed in an exam hall. Nevertheless particular mention must be given to Bridget Keenan (A*A*AA); Conor Crilly (AAAA); Paul Davison (AAA); Josh Hunter; (A*AA); Amy O’Hara ( A*A*A); Lee Mason( A*AAB); Sally Flaherty (AAB); Michelle McAuley (AAB) and Nicole Quinn (AAB), all of whom demonstrate that a high level of industry is well rewarded in the long run.”
Likewise the GCSE examinations were most encouraging with over three quarters of students achieving 5 or more subjects at Grades A*-C, in line with the College’s targets. Some excellent performances were evident in specific subject areas with 100% of students achieving a Grade C or above in Additional Mathematics, English Literature, Information Technology, Music, Polish, Spanish and OCR Nationals. A number of students performed exceptionally well with the highest grades achieved, including: Abigail Fletcher (9A*, 1B) Kirstyn Sampson (8A*1A, 1B) Lauren McCartney (5A* 4A,1B) Lauren Johnston (5A*, 3A, 1B, 1C) Timothy McGarvey (3A* 6A, 1B) Jack Haveron (2A* 5A, 3B) Hannah Crawford (2A* 7A, B) Allan Watts (2A* 3A, 5B) Robyn Dorsett (2A*, 5A, 3B) Hannah Black (A* 7A, 2B) Caitlyn Kennedy (A*, 3A, 6B) Brooke Mawhinney (7A, 3B) Hannah Orr (A*, 3A, 6B).
Dr McHugh concluded, “ I would like to congratulate all those who undertook external examinations this year, including the AS students and indeed the Year 11s who have also had significant achievements in their modular examinations. Their achievements should encourage them to continue to strive for success. I would also like to thank all those who supported our young people, enabling them to be the best they can be. Our relationship with the other schools in our consortium continues to be a fruitful one and I would like to thank all our partner schools in the Ballymena Learning Consortium along with the Northern Regional College as collectively they have contributed so much to so many of our students’ learning experiences.”