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On Thursday 22nd August, pupils, parents and staff celebrated excellent GCSE results. Amongst many areas of success, we are particularly pleased to see the exceptionally strong results in the new specification of GCSEs which were introduced at the beginning of the 2017 academic year, with large numbers of pupils achieving the top grades. Pupils have worked with determination and these excellent results are a tribute to their commitment and endeavour. The traditional curriculum of high value subjects at Belfast Royal Academy represents a genuine challenge, so these excellent results provide the strong foundations for the next stages of academic study and push still further the outstanding standards achieved at the School.

Principal, Mrs Hilary Woods said “The reformed GCSEs have presented particular challenges for pupils and staff in all of schools in terms of the significant changes to content, modes of assessment and the changes to controlled assessment element.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank teaching and support staff who have delivered high quality teaching and learning experiences over the past five years and in particular, throughout the two year GCSE course, and also parents who play a vital role in encouraging pupils throughout their school careers.  I would also like to pay tribute to the work of our feeder primary schools who have laid firm foundations for success in public examinations.”

“Amongst these results there are some inspirational individual stories of pupils overcoming adversity to achieve extraordinary outcomes.  Our commitment to helping to develop pupils’ character within a nurturing environment helps to make these achievements possible”.

Amongst the many outstanding results, the following pupils all achieved at least ten A*/A grades:

Ella Harvey (Ben Madigan Preparatory School) achieved an amazing ten A* grades – a fantastic achievement!

“Huge congratulations to all of our Form 5 pupils and best wishes as you embark on the next stage of your education.”

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