Cause for celebration over GCSE results at Castlederg High School

Further confirming its reputation as a high performing, non-selective post-primary school, Castlederg High School has been placed 5th in the non-grammar GCSE league table published by The Irish News on Monday 19 February. 

Most significantly, Castlederg High School is now the top controlled school in its category in Northern Ireland.

The school’s 2017 GCSE exam results, in which 83% of pupils achieved 5 or more A*-C grades, including Maths and English, were a staggering 36% above the Northern Ireland average for schools of a similar type.  While these results are remarkable in themselves, it is the fact that the young people who achieved them have greater future opportunity that is the most cause for celebration.

Principal Mrs Elaine McKelvey said,

At Castlederg High School, all have worked tirelessly together, to provide a first rate educational experience with continuous emphasis on raising numeracy and literacy standards.

Despite the financial pressures affecting the education sector, our current position is proof that Castlederg High School uses the finite resources at its disposal wisely to ensure the best possible outcomes for all its young people. 

While there are many variables within any cohort of pupils sitting their examinations, and indeed within the wider context of the league tables, it is now well proven that staff at Castlederg High School have the drive and expertise to fully maximize the learning potential of each young person in their care.

Each of our pupils, irrespective of ability, is encouraged to develop a strong work ethic and to aim for their highest possible achievement in learning.  Our emphasis on providing varied curricular pathways, dedicated pastoral, careers and learning support, along with high quality teaching, creates an environment where students can, and do, achieve above expectation.

The school acknowledges the high level of commitment of staff, pupils, parents and the wider school community in securing the continued success of its pupils – pupils whose pride in themselves, their school and their achievements is at an all-time high.


26 February 2018