Comments from Carrickfergus Grammar School Principal, Kieran Mulvenna.

Congratulations, celebrations, aspirations…our GCSE results once more show what can be achieved with the three essential ingredients in any school's recipe for success: high quality teaching, supportive parenting, and committed, ambitious young people. It was delightful this morning to see so many smiles along with a few tears of joy as the long wait for GCSE results finally came to an end.

This year 117 pupils received 1042 GCSE grades across 25 subjects, with almost half of these being A* or A. Indeed with more than three quarters of the grades awarded to Carrickfergus Grammar pupils being no lower than a grade B we are expecting a strong push for A-level places in the coming year. Reflecting the needs of the NI labour market the STEM subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Technology were all popular choices for this year's GCSE students and with an average success rate of 98% their grades amply matched their ambitions. However, the Humanities side of the curriculum remains as solid as ever with English, Modern Languages and Music all producing very strong performances.

Whilst I am of course extremely proud to be able to say that the single most common GCSE result in Carrickfergus Grammar School this year is a grade A, it is always far more important to realise that this only reflects the success of individual pupils who have worked with grit and determination under their teachers' guidance. Our top student this year is Evie Bennett who achieved a perfect grade profile of 10 A*s, but with ten other girls – Sarah Hendawy, Emma Madden, Connie Smyth, Jayne Bell, Robyn Clarke, Gemma Henry, Anna McAteer, Hannah McKay, Jessica Montgomery and Olivia Moore – amassing a dazzling 48 A*s and 51 A grades between them she will certainly have healthy competition at A-level. Despite national misgivings about how males are faring educationally our boys in CGS have shown that they too have high aspirations: our top achievers this year are Daniel Alderdice and Jonathan Wilson who, along with Dylan Spence Joshua Irvine, Tom McGowan, Jake Neilly, Curtis Patterson, Philip Stewart and Jamie Wharry, have racked up a marvellous total of 27 A*s and 52 grade As between them. Well done boys and girls, well done to all staff across the school, and well done to all the supportive mums and dads who can now stop biting their nails!


Comments from Carrickfergus Grammar School Principal, Mr Kieran Mulvenna:

I am truly delighted for our pupils, their parents, and the dedicated staff from every corner of the school for together they have produced the very best A-level results in the school's 55 year history. In short, I could not be prouder of our Year 14 pupils' achievements, nor of my colleagues' work.

Carrickfergus Grammar School now ranks firmly above the majority of other schools in ensuring that A-level students achieve their potential and can begin their adult lives with a spring in their step. With an overall pass rate of 97% and more than 80% of pupils reaching the upper echelons of A*-C in all of their subjects we expect the gates to swing wide open on to Honours Degree courses, school leaver placements with global financial organisations, and the chosen career paths of the vast majority of our students.

But whilst a school's academic success is measured in numbers by the Department of Education every teacher and parent knows that although numbers count, what counts far more are the life chances of every young person. Numbers might sit in tables annually but parents' sons and daughters sit at desks daily: they have only one chance at their education and it is a school's responsibility to see that they seize it with both hands. This is certainly the case in BT38 in 2017.

Together our pupils have amassed well over 100 top A*/A grades with 16 students scoring nothing other than an A grade and 45 scoring nothing lower than a grade B. Indeed two pupils, Emma Cooper and Simon Gregory, have deservedly picked up 7 A* grades between them, a truly outstanding achievement in anyone's book!

The collaborative work of Carrickfergus Learning Community continues to enrich the menu of opportunities from which pupils in our Borough can now nourish their future prospects and I also pay tribute to the work of my colleagues in Carrickfergus College, Downshire Community School and Ulidia Integrated College.

Our Year 13 AS students must now meet the challenge of matching this exceptional level of success, and with hard work in the coming year this is well within their reach: with Rachel Abraham, Nicole Alderdice, Megan Davis, Bethany Fulton, Victoria Johnston, Zara Logan, Jessica Marshall, Lauren McAllister, Holly McCormack and Cara Rose all achieving at least 3 top A grades each and Hannah Fugard and Stef Meucci hitting the jackpot with four A grades apiece there is talent aplenty to build on in the terms to come.

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