Carrickfergus Grammar School celebrates GCSE success in 2019
Comments from Carrickfergus Grammar School Principal, Mr James A. Maxwell.

Carrickfergus Grammar School is celebrating today as well over 90 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs grades at A*-C including English and Maths.

Megan Boyd, Ryan Brady, Charlie Granleese, Bethany Graham, Andrew Moneypenny, Beth Robinson, Daniel Sharpe and Megan Smith all received straight A*/A grades in their GCSE profile, with Daniel Sharpe attaining 10A* grades. Reece Stronge, Mairead O'Mahony, Abby Madden, Erin Johnston, Caitlin Ingram, Joel Hartley, William Gordon, Joshua Davison, Sarah Brown, Lewis Brown and Michael Brodison all received straight A*/A grades and 1 B/C grade.
The proportion of pupils attaining an A*/A grade has risen at the school.

These results once again place Carrickfergus Grammar as a leading selective school in Northern Ireland.
Speaking from the school on Thursday morning, Principal James A. Maxwell, said he, the Board of Governors and the whole community are very proud of what the students have achieved and said the high standards continue to impress.

He said: "We are absolutely delighted and I pay tribute to the dedication, hard work and sheer professionalism of the staff here at Carrickfergus Grammar School, who always go above and beyond to ensure our pupils are exceptionally well catered for, both academically and pastorally.

"The results are also a clear vindication of this school's unrelenting priority on the development of outstanding practice in the classroom"

"The 2019 GCSE results show that self-belief, hard work and commitment will bring success. The vast majority of our pupils will now embark upon Sixth Form Study at the school."

Mr Maxwell added: "Behind every single grade is a story. A number of our pupils had many challenges during the course of their GCSE studies including ill health. I would want to convey my pride and admiration at how those pupils have achieved."


Comments from Carrickfergus Grammar School Principal, Mr James A. Maxwell.

Having been placed in league tables in recent months as one of the top two Controlled Grammar Schools in the province for GCSE results, I am delighted that today’s ‘A’ Level results achieved by our students affirm yet again the very high standards set at this school.

The school has set a new record with an incredible 89.5% of girls achieving 3 or more ‘A’ Level passes at A*- C. The percentage of all students – girls and boys – achieving 3 or more passes at A*- C has risen by almost 2 percent from last year. Over 96% of students attained 2 ‘A’ Level passes at A*- C.

Congratulations to Daniel Alderdice, Jayne Bell, Evie Bennett, Matthew Graham, Sarah Hendawy, Emma Madden, Anna McAteer, Hannah McKay, Connie Smyth, Nathan Swann and Jonathan Wilson who between them attained a magnificent 33 A* and A grades. A further 9 students attained 2 A*/A grades in their ‘A’ Level profile. A total of 75 A*/A grades and 88 ‘B’ grades were awarded. This strong A*- B profile represents over 70% of all grades awarded – a fantastic achievement.

Today’s results consolidate Carrickfergus Grammar School’s position as a leading selective Controlled school in Northern Ireland. They are testament not only to the high quality of teaching, but also to the commitment and drive of our students. The results are a clear vindication of this school’s unrelenting priority on robust learning and teaching strategies in the classroom.

Whilst statistics and facts are important, one must also remember that behind all grades lie personal stories, such as a number of students who had to bravely sit their examinations whilst ill or debilitated, or pupils who were coping with the serious illness of loved ones at the time. To all the students who met their potential and more, Carrickfergus Grammar School passes on its sincerest congratulations. You have done us, your families and most importantly yourselves, very proud.

Our Year 13 AS students have also hit the ground running, with Matty Baxter, Grace Clarke, Rebecca Irvine, Erin Macquarrie, Amy Marshall, Lyndsey Sleator, Jessica Smyth and Katie Sullivan achieving 28 ‘A’ grades between them, with many more sterling performances from a broad range of subject areas.

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