Form 5 pupils in Belfast Royal Academy are today celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results, with 94.8% of grades awarded at A* – C. Against a backdrop of GCSE reform and with some pupils sitting English board examinations using the new 9 – 1 grading system, pupils have matched the high levels of achievement from previous years. There were particularly strong performances in GCSE English and Mathematics, with 97% of the 202 pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs including English and Mathematics.
Mrs Hilary Woods, Principal commented, “Although our headline results are extremely pleasing, we are very much focused on the individual results of each of our pupils, setting high expectations to raise aspiration for all. Therefore, it is a privilege this year to congratulate a number of our Form 5 pupils for their outstanding performance. Four pupils, Ellen Campbell (Our Lady of Lourdes PS), Maia Hamilton (Whitehead PS), Eva Hayward (Whiteabbey PS) and Magdalena Szlachta (Hazelwood Integrated PS) achieved an impressive 10 A* grades, and a further fourteen pupils Kirsty Lee (St Bernard’s PS), Ethan Murphy (Holy Cross PS), Ollie Parkes (Loanends PS), Lorcan Convery (Tir-na-nOg PS), Olivia Donaldson (Mossley PS), Aimee Convery (Whitehouse PS), Julia Forbes (Ben Madigan Prep), Callisto Stephenson (Cavehill PS), Jack Higgins (Seaview PS), Mari Salvatierra (Seaview PS), Tori Cooke (Glenwood PS), Aoife Bennett (St Mary’s PS), Julia Uprichard (Ben Madigan Prep) and Cher Enriquez (St Joseph’s PS) achieved 10 A*/A grades.
The results that all the pupils have attained are richly deserved after two years of hard work throughout the course. Pupils, teaching staff and support staff have worked with great determination and focus to achieve these outcomes and I am delighted with their success. I would also like to commend the invaluable contribution made by parents who supported their children throughout the GCSE years and who endorse the school ethos.
Pupils have now established a firm foundation to embark on their next stage of their education and I wish them every success.”