Amidst all the changes to the examination specifications at a national level, the 2019 A Level examination results show a reassuring consistency and strength.
Principal, Mrs Hilary Woods, said “Although pupils and teachers have had to cope with many changes over the two-year course, we are delighted that the extremely high results for a wide range of pupils have been maintained. The standard of teaching in Belfast Royal Academy is excellent, and the pupils have responded with enormous commitment and hard work, whilst engaging in a wide range of extra-curricular and sporting activities. We are extremely proud of the achievements of our pupils across a wide range of subjects. There have been some exceptional results. Over 33% of the grades awarded were A* or A and 89% of the grades awarded were at A* – C.
Twenty-six pupils achieved at least 3 A grades. Dylan McGrotty (Mossgrove Primary School) achieved an A* in each of his A level language subjects – French, German and Latin and is looking forward to reading Languages at Cambridge University.
In addition, there were noteworthy performances from a number of pupils:
Jack Green (Rockport) and Rosie McQueen (Cavehill Primary School) achieved an impressive 4 A* grades, whilst a further three pupils, Dylan McGrotty, Cormac McGowan (Hazelwood Integrated Primary School), Amber McCalmont (Stranmillis Primary School), achieved at least 3 A* grades. An A* grade is awarded if a candidate has achieved an A grade overall and has averaged at least 90% in the modules taken at A2 Level, so this is a fantastic achievement.
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 pupils who have successfully secured some outstanding apprenticeships in Business and Accounting or who are setting off on some fantastic Gap Year experiences.
Pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past year and we are really proud of our pupils’ results. A number of pupils have achieved exceptional results having overcome particularly difficult personal circumstances and their results are a testament to their commitment and hard work over the two-year course.
Our Middle Sixth pupils now leave us for the next exciting chapter in their lives and we wish them continued success and look forward to hearing about their exciting futures.
I would like to once again thank all of the teaching and support staff for working so hard to ensure that every pupil reaches their potential, and parents and guardians and Governors for their continued support.”