Record-breaking year at New-Bridge

It has been another record-breaking year for New-Bridge Integrated College with the school celebrating their pupils’ A-Level results.

The class of 2013 at the Loughbrickland school will go on record as achieving the highest set of results at the college to date.

A total of 98 per cent of their pupils achieved three A-Levels and over 63% achieved 3A*-C grades.

School principal, Anne Anderson, said that plenty of endeavour had gone in to making this year so successful, both by pupils and staff.

She said, “This is a magnificent achievement and a reflection of the hard work of both students and teachers alike, working together with our supportive parents.

“The NI Average for non selective schools was set at 44% for students achieving three A*-C grades at A Level so we are delighted to report that we are almost 20% above this figure at 63%.

“This reflects a three-year trend in improved A-Level results.”

Twelve of the school’s top pupils achieved A*/A grades in two or more A Levels, with A* grades achieved in subjects including Mathematics, English, Sports Studies and Media Studies.

Mrs Anderson continued, “New-Bridge is an all ability school and we are delighted with the individual performance of all our pupils and congratulate them on their success.

“We wish them all the best with their continued studies at Queen’s University, Belfast; Stranmillis University, University of Ulster and other prestigious universities both in the South of Ireland and in the UK.”

DROMORE HIGH SCHOOL

Meanwhile Dromore High School principal, John Wilkinson, spoke of his delight with this first set of A Level results achieved by students.

“It is important to remember that many of our students would not have been given the opportunity to access A Levels or would have had to change schools to continue their studies.

“We are delighted with this first set of A Level results achieved by students who were rejected by the selection procedure at 11 years of age but today they have made their mark. It is important to remember that many of our students would not have been given the opportunity to access A Levels or would have had to change schools to continue their studies.

“These results confirm our decision to develop the Sixth Form. At the moment 86% of 50 pupils have obtained university places; the rest are going to study foundation degrees.”