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Sixth Form pupils and staff at Belfast Royal Academy were today celebrating another set of excellent A Level results. Pupils and their parents are now able to celebrate individual achievements after months of hard work and to confirm their university places.

Newly appointed Principal, Mrs Hilary Woods, said “Once again we are delighted with the achievements of our pupils across a wide range of subjects and there have been some exceptional results. 86.8% of the grades awarded were at A* – C and 15% of the cohort achieved at least 3 A grades. Head Boy, Thomas Carey (Cavehill Primary School) achieved A*A*AB and has been awarded a place in Downing College, Cambridge to read Economics. Head Girl, Abby Wallace (Mossgrove Primary School) achieved A*A*A and will read History and Modern Languages at Homerton College, Cambridge. Aimee Cochrane (Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Park Lodge) achieved A*AAA and will read Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford. Carlos Firgau, who transferred to B.R.A. at the end of Form 1 from Venezuela with English as a second language, has achieved an outstanding A*A*A*A and will study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London. A significant number of pupils have been successful in gaining places at the country’s leading Russell Group universities, including Queen’s University. Congratulations to other MVI pupils who have successfully secured some outstanding apprenticeships in Business and Accounting or who are setting off on some fantastic Gap Year experiences.

Our top performers at A2, who achieved a minimum of 3 A grades, were:

In addition to the examinations sat within the school, excellent results have been recorded by pupils who studied subjects through our collaboration within the North Belfast Area Learning Community and we thank those staff for their continued support for our young people.

Pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past year and we are really proud of our pupils’ results. Our Middle Sixth pupils now leave us for the next exciting chapter in their lives and we wish them well. Lower Sixth pupils have laid excellent foundations for the coming year and I am sure they will continue to push themselves. I would like to once again thank all of the teaching and support staff for working so hard to ensure that pupils reach their potential, and parents and guardians for their continued support.

I would like to wish all of our school leavers every success as they begin their university courses and careers.”

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