Lurgan College principal Trevor Robinson said the Dickson Plan had been vindicated once again by the school’s outstanding A-level results.
He was absolutely delighted with the fantastic results which include some of the best ever recorded individual performances by College pupils in the school’s proud 141 year history.
Mr Robinson said: “These outstanding results are surely, once again, unequivocal and objective proof of the success of the tried and tested Dickson Plan which, for over 40 years, has equipped our young people with necessary skills to help them realise their true academic, social, moral and spiritual potential.
“For an incredible thirteenth year in a row, the Y14 pupils of Lurgan College recorded an over 99.7% pass rate in all subjects offered at A-level, which compares very favourably with the NI grammar school average pass rate of 98.1%. Grades A*, A and B accounted for around 70% of all grades achieved which is almost 10% above the NI grammar school average. The 88.8% of A*-C grades is also well in excess of the NI grammar school average of just 83.7%.
“These pleasing A-level results have already placed the College among some of the top performing schools throughout the UK according to surveys carried by out a number of national newspapers.”
He continued: “While all of these impressive figures are, of course, most encouraging for us as a school, the most gratifying aspect of these excellent results by far for everyone connected with the school is that, once again, the vast majority of our pupils are now preparing to taking up their well-earned places in their chosen universities.
“These young people who are a credit to their school, their community and their families, deserve much acclaim for carrying on the school’s fine tradition of outstanding academic excellence and for building upon the success of last year’s cohort which, as reported in last week’s Lurgan Mail, saw Lurgan College placed as the top performing NI Controlled Grammar School.
“Worthy of particular praise is former Waringstown PS pupil, Jonathan Ellis, who achieved an outstanding four straight A grades (including three A*s) in his A-levels – a fantastic achievement by any standard!”
11 pupils in total recorded at least three straight grade As in their subjects and a further 15 pupils obtained at least two grade As.
The students with three straight grade As were Hannah Bailey (Maralin PS), Ashleigh Barnes (Waringstown PS), Ian Devine (King’s Park), Jessica Gracey (King’s Park PS), Fiona McShane (Maralin PS), Lauren Murray (Carrick PS), Alicia Newton (Waringstown PS), Zara Peden (King’s Park PS), Jodie Rankin (King’s Park PS), Olivia Russell (King’s Park PS) and Bonnie Staines (Model PS).
The students achieving at least two grade As were James Anderson (Ballycarrickmaddy PS), Aaron Bradley (Donaghcloney PS), Victoria Carson (King’s Park PS), Sarah Castles (Donaghcloney PS), Matthew Ellis (Waringstown PS), David Foster (Portadown Independent Christian School), Emma Keys (Waringstown PS), Suzanne Mackenzie (King’s Park PS), Rebecca McLoughlin (Maralin PS), Julie Morrow (King’s Park PS), Benjamin Murtagh (Moira PS), Kyle Parks (King’s Park PS), Jillian Reid (Ballinderry PS), Charlotte Sproule (Moira PS) and Lauren Toland (King’s Park PS).
Mr Robinson concluded: “As headmaster of Lurgan College, I am immensely proud of how all our pupils have performed in their A-level examinations. Lurgan College continues to owe a great debt to the pupils’ primary schools for their early education and, to the dedicated teaching staff of Lurgan Junior High School who expertly developed the pupils’ skills in Years 8-10. I also congratulate our own teaching staff who continually demonstrate the highest levels of commitment and professionalism, furnishing our pupils with the very highest best educational experience. I also acknowledge the crucial role played by our pupils’ very supportive parents who work closely in partnership with the school in order to ensure such wonderful examination success on the part of their sons and daughters.
“We pray that God will continue to bless all our Y14 pupils as they move on to the next stage of their careers and we look forward to seeing them taking their place as leaders in our society in the future.”