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Further records broken on 'A' Level results day

Staff and pupils at Larne Grammar School have been celebrating another outstanding set of results in the most recent ‘A’ and ‘AS’ examinations.

Following on from a record breaking cohort, who achieved the best results in the history of the school last year, was never going to be an easy task.  The current ‘A’ Level group, however, can claim their own little bit of Larne Grammar School history.

The percentage of Year 14 pupils achieving 3 A*-C grades exceeded the record high level of 2016, meaning the 2017 results are the best in the school’s history (83.3%), and the year group has achieved the school’s highest ever percentage of pupils achieving 3 A*-A grades, the highest ever percentage of pupils achieving 3 A*-B grades and the highest ever percentage of entries being awarded and A*-B grade.

This fantastic set of result means that Larne Grammar School will again score well above the NI Grammar School Average, securing their place as one of the top performing schools in the country.

The top achiever in the year group was David Gilliland, formerly of Ballynure Primary School, who was awarded 2 A* grades and 2 A grades in Business Studies, Geography, Information Technology and Religious Studies. His outstanding set of results secures him a place at Durham University where he will study Business Management.

A clearly delighted David said: “I’m delighted with my results. Doing ‘A’ Levels was a very challenging experience but also a rewarding one in the end. I look forward to my next adventure at University.”

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Top achiever David Gilliland

David’s achievements were closely followed by Katy Aston, formerly of Linn Primary School, and Holly Campbell, formerly of Ballycarry Primary School, who both achieved 2 A* and 1 A grade. Katy will go on to study Chemistry at the Queen’s University of Belfast while Holly will be heading to the University of Bath to study International Management.

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Holly Campbell and Katy Aston celebrate their 2 A* and 1 A grade

A further 14 pupils went on to secure a minimum of 3 A grades. Of those pupils Courtney Hawthorn, Emily Hill, Samuel Holst, Lauren Linton, Megan Roberts and Claire Shepherd all achieved 1 A* and 2 A grades.

Jack Carson, who also achieved 1A* and 2 A grades in English Literature, Spanish and French, will take his place at Lady Mary Hall, Oxford, where he will study French and Spanish.

Amy Clarke, Toshko Cross, BJ McFaul, Megan McIlwaine, David Moore, Kendra Ross and Jonathan Topping all achieved 3 A grades.

There was also success at ‘AS’ Level where Joel Fekkes, Jaimie Mitchell and Andrew Morton were awarded 4 A grades. A further 10 pupils – Ellie Beckett, Rebekah Boyd, Chloe McIlroy, Jenny Wilson, Callum Critchley, Ryan Gingles, Caitlin Russell, Audrey Ku, Tia Maxwell, Lauren McClean – achieved 3 A grades.

Commenting on the results, Mr Jonathan Wylie, Principal of Larne Grammar School, said: “After the success achieved by our ‘A’ Level students in 2016, which led to Larne Grammar being in the top 20 performing schools in Northern Ireland, we are delighted that, for the second year running, our results are well above the NI Grammar School Average with the consequence that the school is, once again, one of the highest performing in the province.

“The outstanding grades achieved by our pupils are the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort and I congratulate all of our students on their results. Outcomes this good do not happen by accident. Instead they are the product of dedication, hard work and talent on the part of the pupils and staff of the school. I would also highlight the role that our parents have played in supporting their children through their fourteen years of school. I would like to wish our Year 14 students all the best as they leave us to commence university or their chosen career. I look forward to hearing of their future successes.”

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Grammar pupils excel in GCSE examinations

Following on from a record breaking set of ‘A’ Level results last week the staff and pupils of Larne Grammar School have been celebrating the outstanding successes of the current GCSE cohort.

The strength and depth of this particular group of pupils can be seen by the fact over three quarters of all entries have been awarded an A*, A or B grade. This means that Larne Grammar School will have performed above the Northern Ireland Grammar School average in all four of the key measures used by the Department of Education.

There was, however, cause for celebration for a number of pupils who bagged an incredible 10 A* grades in the GCSE examinations.

Top achiever was Jakob Holst, formerly of Cairncastle Primary School, who was awarded an outstanding 10 A* grades and 1 A grade. His achievements are particularly impressive when consideration is given to the high academic content of the courses that he studied.  The combination of Design and Technology, English Language, French, Information Technology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Double Award Science, Spanish, Religious Studies and German is one that is sure to test even the best of pupils but Jakob has excelled in all of these subjects.

Jakob secured an incredible 10 A*s and 1 A grade

Jakob secured an incredible 10 A*s and 1 A grade

Jakob, who will now study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at ‘A’ Level, hopes to go on to study Mathematics or Engineering at University. Commenting on his incredible achievement Jakob said: “I’m ecstatic about my results. I was really worried about them last night and didn’t get much sleep so to come in today and see these grades is such a relief.”

Hot on the heels of Jakob were James Beggs, Nicholas Guy and Bence Tasnadi who all achieved a full set of 10 A* grades. Nicola McAuley, Kaitlyn Boyd, Eva Kelso, Meg McCubbin, Luke McKay and Reece Mills were next with 8 A* and 2 A grades. There was also success for Hannah Liddle with 7A* grades, 2 A grades and a B grade.

Nicholas, James and Bence all achieved 10 A* grades

Nicholas, James and Bence all achieved 10 A* grades

Ellen Starrett, Janna Lowe, Sarah Ward, Emma O’Sullivan and Arian McCallion complete the list of 15 pupils who were awarded either an A* or A grade in all of their subjects.

Grammar School Principal, Mr Jonathan Wylie, expressed his pleasure in the performance of his pupils: “These results provide further cause for celebration, following on from last week’s record-breaking ‘A’ Level success.

“Congratulations to all of our Year 12 pupils whose hard work has been rewarded today. We look forward to the vast majority of our students returning to the school to study in Sixth Form and we wish our leavers all the best for the future.”

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