The principal of New Bridge Integrated College, Anne Anderson, spoke of her delight that the Loughbrickland school has been highlighted as an example of good practice in an Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) report.
It was one of 11 schools, that have been successfully breaking the link between social disadvantage and educational attainment, and despite its relatively high levels of free school meal entitlement have achieved good results in English and mathematics at GCSE level.
As a follow on from the ETI Inspection 2011 where the English and Maths departments at New Bridge received ‘Outstanding to Good’ as part of their Inspection Report ETI Maths Inspector Nick Todd visited the school earlier in the year to congratulate the departments on their good GCSE/A Level results.
He invited the school to submit case studies highlighting areas of good practice within Maths and English so that it could be shared across other schools in Northern Ireland.
Mrs Anderson said she was delighted to be asked to contribute to the ETI report on ‘Best Practice’ and each department was able to produce a summary report detailing some of the teaching strategies used in Maths/English to motivate pupils and raise attainment A*-C at GCSE level.
Mrs Anderson said: “New-Bridge Integrated College’s GCSE Maths and English results continue to be significantly higher than the NI average for non-selective schools and all credit must be paid to the hardworking staff within those departments as well as the support we receive from our parents,
“Our integrated ethos promotes a strong work ethic and our pupils work very hard to achieve their full potential in all subjects, so I congratulate staff, parents and pupils on this achievement.
“I am delighted that as an all ability school, New-Bridge Integrated College has been highlighted as an example of good practice in an Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) report in the way it continues to achieve good results in English and Mathematics at GCSE level.”
Speaking at the launch of the report in Newry, the Minister said: “We are continuing to make great strides in raising standards; attainment levels are continuing to rise.
“Last year 62% of young people left school having achieved at least five GCSEs or equivalents at grades A* to C including English and maths. This was up from 54.2% in 2007 – the last year of Direct Rule.”