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Exam success for controlled schools
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Exam success for controlled schools

The exam success rates of local schools at GCSE and A Level have been released by the Department of Education.

The GCSE success standard is the achievement of five or more GCSEs, grades A*-C including English and Maths. CSSC is delighted that the rate of attainment in over half of controlled post-primary schools has increased since the previous year’s results.

Castlederg High School in particular has excelled in this year’s results (2016/17) with 83% of year 12 pupils achieving the GCSE standard. The success rate marks the school as the highest achieving controlled secondary school at GCSE and the fifth most successful secondary school in Northern Ireland overall.

Also in the top five controlled secondary schools for GCSE results are Aughnacloy College, Newtownhamilton High School, Markethill High School and Lisneal College.

Amongst grammar schools, Down High School achieved a 100% success rate a GCSE. It was one of six schools to achieve 100% and the only controlled school to do so.

At A Level, controlled grammar schools Banbridge Academy and Regent House featured in the top twenty high achieving schools. At secondary level, controlled integrated school Priority College was the highest achieving non-selective school in the sector with 74% of year 14 pupils achieving three or more A Levels, grades A*-C.

CSSC Chief Executive Barry Mulholland congratulated schools saying:

“I am delighted to commend schools on their exam success in this latest round of results. In particular, the increase in attainment in controlled schools over the last year is a credit to the hard work of staff and pupils”. 

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