Mr Robinson, Headmaster of Lurgan College, was thrilled at yet another set of very pleasing performances by his talented Year 12 pupils in their GCSE examinations. With almost every pupil in the year group achieving the top grades of A*-C in at least 5 subjects, this is another remarkable year of academic success at the 14-19 selective grammar school. The 100% pass rate meant that, once again, not a single fail grade was recorded in any of the numerous subjects offered at GCSE level.
Carrying on the College Walk school’s proud tradition of academic excellence, 4 extremely gifted pupils managed to secure 11 A*/A grades each. Such is the academic ability of pupils who commit year on year to the very successful Dickson Plan system of education with its unique system of academic selection at age 14.
Reflecting the remarkable results at A Level and AS Level last week, the 2018 cohort of Year 12 pupils has produced some outstanding performances at GCSE level.
I commend and congratulate our diligent pupils, their highly committed teachers and their very supportive parents on these commendable examination performances. Once again I am keen to share our pupils’ success with our dedicated colleagues in Lurgan Junior High School and in our local feeder primary schools who furnish year on year our 14-19 selective Grammar School with able, mature and conscientious pupils of the highest academic calibre.
A more in-depth analysis of the grades secured by the 113 Year 12 pupils in their GCSE examinations reveals an extremely impressive set of results by any standards. Grades A* to B accounted for just under three quarters of the total grades achieved while the A*-C pass rate was much higher than the NI average of just 81%. The encouraging number of A* grades (over 12% in total), sitting well above the NI average, is also very gratifying.
Top GCSE grades were recorded in all of the different subject areas but the results in Art and Design (where all the pupils achieved A* / A grades for a 17th successive year!) are surely once again worthy of special mention. The following subjects all scored over 90% at grades A*-C: Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Computer Studies, English Language, English Literature, Food & Nutrition, Further Mathematics, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Learning for Life and Work, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Studies, Russian and Sports Studies (PE).
4 pupils managed to secure an amazing 11 straight A*/A grades each. Worthy of particular acclaim is former King’s PS pupil, Andrew Combe, who amassed a breath-taking 11 straight full-course A* grades! This is a truly remarkable achievement by any standards on the part of this extremely able young man and one which will not be bettered in many other grammar schools in the province.
Congratulations to Andrew Combe on gaining 11 A*s in his GCSES. What an achievement!