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Record results for Grammar ‘A’ Level pupils

There were smiles all round on ‘A’ Level results day as pupils and staff from Larne Grammar School were once again celebrating a record breaking set of results.

With 85.5% of pupils being awarded 3 A*-C grades the current Year 14 cohort have achieved the best ‘A’ Level results in the school’s history. This success follows on from record breaking performances in 2016 and 2017 meaning that the school’s ‘A’ Level results record has been broken for the third year in a row.

While this fantastic set of results will no doubt bring delight to the pupils it also means that Larne Grammar School will again score well above the NI Grammar School Average, cementing their place as one of the top performing schools in the country.

The top achiever in the year group was David Balmer, formerly of Moyle Primary School, who was awarded an incredible 3 A* grades in French, History and Spanish. His outstanding set of results secures him a place at Durham University where he will study Modern Languages and History with a view to a career in Politics.

A clearly delighted David said: “To do so well is a complete shock. At the time of doing the exams I thought they had all gone pretty well but I had no idea that they were this good. Last night I didn’t get much sleep but I feel great now.”

Star Man: David Balmer with 3 A* grades

Star Man: David Balmer with 3 A* grades

David’s achievements were closely followed by Jack Hyndman, formerly of Academy Primary School, and Caitlin Russell, formerly of Whitehead Primary School, who were both awarded 2 A* grades and an A grade. Jack and Caitlin will both now head to the Queen’s University of Belfast to study Geography and Pharmacy, respectively.

Jack and Caitlin were awarded 2A*s and 1 A

Jack and Caitlin were awarded 2A*s and 1 A

A further 12 pupils went on to secure a minimum of 3 A grades. Of those pupils Rebekah Boyd, Joel Fekkes, Tia Maxwell, Chloe McIlroy and Jenny Wilson all achieved 1 A* and 2 A grades. Audrey Ku, Peter McDowell, Linzi McKenzie, Yasmin McNeill, Andrew Morton, Liam Slaughter and Heidi Smyth were all awarded 3 A grades.

Not to be outdone the Year 13 cohort achieved a fantastic set of results in their ‘AS’ examinations. A total of six pupils, James Beggs, Anna Boyd, Nicholas Guy, Eva Kelso, Janna Lowe and Bence Tasnadi were awarded 4 A grades – the maximum available in these examinations.

A further 13 pupils, Hannah Best, Jakob Holst, Nicola McAuley, Meg McCubbin, Regan McKay, Reece Mills, Kim Niblock, Ellen Starrett, Jonathan Anderson, Joshua Houston, Jamie McKay, Heather Ogilby and Petra Surplus were all awarded 3 A grades.

Commenting on the results, Mr Jonathan Wylie, Principal of Larne Grammar School, said: “I am so pleased for all of our pupils and their teachers. To have achieved these record-breaking results in the first year of the introduction of the “harder” ‘A’ Levels is an outstanding achievement by all concerned. Larne Grammar School continues to deliver the highest quality educational experience for the young people of Mid and East Antrim. We are proud of our students and are delighted by their success. Congratulations to them all. 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.”

GCSE records smashed at Grammar results day

Larne Grammar School staff and pupils have been celebrating further success this week with the news that the current GCSE cohort have matched last week’s ‘A’ level pupils by achieving the best results in the history of the school. In fact, not only have they recorded the school’s best ever results, they have outperformed all previous years in every single one of the key measures used by the Department of Education.

A particular highlight of the results is that every pupil in the year was awarded at least 5 A* to C grades and over 80% of all entries were awarded an A*, A or B grade. This means that for the third year out of the past four, Larne Grammar School has performed above the Northern Ireland Grammar School Average for the key performance measures of percentage of Year 12 pupils achieving 7 GCSEs & 7 GCSEs including English and Mathematics at Grades A*-C.

While over a quarter of the cohort were awarded at least 8 A grades there was particular delight for Courtney Murray, formerly of Linn Primary School, Matthew Clenaghan, formerly of Olderfleet Primary School and Luke Clarke, formerly of Toreagh Primary School, who were among the top achievers on results day. Courtney and Matthew were both awarded an outstanding 9A* grades and an A grade, as well as a Certificate in Space Science Technology while Luke was awarded an incredible 10 A* grades. 


Top achievers: Matthew, Luke and Courtney

Other top achievers include Jenna McCarlie, Abigail Park, Keryn Wilson and Daisie Conway who were all awarded 8 A*s and 2 A grades. There was also success for Craig Alexander, Holly Drummond and Jamie Maybin who were all awarded 6 A* grades and 4 A grades.

Larne Grammar School Principal, Mr Jonathan Wylie, expressed his pleasure in the performance of his pupils: “2017-18 has been another very successful year in Larne Grammar School culminating in the publication of the ‘A’ Level results last week and these outstanding and unprecedented GCSE results today.

“Our Year 12 pupils have received results which reflect their talent, ability and diligence and which also testify to the support and guidance they have received from their teachers. We look forward to celebrating these results with our pupils over the course of the next couple of days before the hard work starts again at the beginning of a new school year.”

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