Michael reaches top of the class

A YEAR 10 pupil at Banbridge Academy has achieved an A* after sitting his GCSE Maths exam two years early.

Michael Young was congratulated by the school’s principal, Mr Raymond Pollock, on what he described as an outstanding result.

Almost 60% of GCSE entries at the Academy this year were in the A*-A grade category.

Mr Pollock said he was over the moon with his pupils’ achievements, saying that the results were the result of hours of hard work by students, teachers and parents.

“GCSE results in the Academy in 2012 were excellent,” he said.

“Of the 182 pupils who sat GCSE examinations this year 59.5% of all entries resulted in the top Grades, A* or A, while 97.8% gained five passes at A*-C, including English and Mathematics.

“The overall pass rate of 97.3% confirms the extent to which our pupils fulfilled their potential.”

Mr Pollock went on to outline the performances of some of his pupils.

“For Laura Cowan, Becky Maxwell and Callum Sloan there were 10 A* Grades while a further 15 students obtained 10A* and A Grades: Alexandra Bready, Zara Buckley, Victoria Cockcroft, Nathan Gray, Christopher Jardine, Lucy McComb, Caroline McMinn, Megan McMullan, Louise Moffett, Megan Peters, Jessica Power, Hannah Ruddock, Anna Sturgeon, Rory Thompson and Stuart Trotter.

“Not all students took 10 GCSEs and David Ball, Andrew Sneddon, Abigail Thompson and Sarah Troughton scored A* in each of the nine GCSE subjects they studied while a further 22 pupils gained a minimum of nine A* or A Grades in each of the nine subjects they sat.”

They were: Emma Campbell, Rory Carson, Namiz Damani, Laura Ervine, Nicky Galloway, Cliona Kelly, Catriona Liggett, Lauren McAlinden, Alice McClintock, Craig McCreery, Cameron McDonald, Hannah Murdock, Clarke Neville, Georgiana Parau, Daniel Part, Sarah Robinson, Mark Soye, Ross Spiers, Chloe Stewart, Jessica Walker, Sarah Whan, Jessica Wilson.”

He added, “All these results were arrived at by sheer hard work and commitment on the part of our pupils, supported and encouraged by parents who can feel justifiably proud of these accomplishments.

“We are delighted for all our pupils as these results reflect tremendous strength in depth and we congratulate them on their outstanding achievements and wish them well for the future.

“I should like also to commend my teaching colleagues in Banbridge Academy who by their dedication, commitment and skill have produced these impressive results.”