Lismore grades rise by two per cent

Mr Joe Corrigan, principal of Lismore Comprehensive School and Mrs Rosemary Lavery, vice principal with the top achievers at GCSE. INLM3512-103gc

Mr Joe Corrigan, principal of Lismore Comprehensive School and Mrs Rosemary Lavery, vice principal with the top achievers at GCSE. INLM3512-103gc

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THE number of GCSE grades in the A*-C category at Lismore Comprehensive rose by two per cent on last year’s figures to 61 per cent.

A total of 56 per cent of pupils achieved five or more exams in this category.

Lismore principal Mr Joe Corrigan with Aoibhin McManus who gained 4 A*, 4 A's and 1 C and Ciaran Rooney who gained 2 A* and 7 A's in GCSE. INLM3512-104gc

Lismore principal Mr Joe Corrigan with Aoibhin McManus who gained 4 A*, 4 A's and 1 C and Ciaran Rooney who gained 2 A* and 7 A's in GCSE. INLM3512-104gc

Principal Joe Corrigan said students had produced another “very pleasing” set of examination results.

Among the top individual performances were Ciaran Rooney who gained nine A grades, with two of them starred, and Aoibhin McManus who scored four A*s, four As and 1 C grade. Niall Kerr achieved two A*s, six As and one B, while Sarah McGuinness was awarded three A*s, four As and two Bs.

A large number of other students also achieved noteworthy successes with a range of A* or A grades. These included Stephen Heaney, Rory Clifford, Cliodhna Murray, Leah Nugent, Cal Girvan, Colm Fitzpatrick, Kelly McGookin, Shannon Connolly, Megan O’Neill and Saoirse Haddock.

Overall, 161 students undertook 1,388 examinations in 25 different subjects. Eighteen of these subjects enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate, while over 98 per cent of the students gained five or more GCSE passes.

Mr Corrigan said the Lismore school community was proud of, and pleased with, the achievements of all of its students.

“They have shown dedication and commitment to their studies, and have been encouraged and supported by their parents and guardians. I would like also to commend our staff here, teaching and non-teaching, for the invaluable help they have given to our students,” he said.

“Lismore’s intake is a non-selective one with a very wide ability range, and against that background I am very pleased to note that once again, every single one of the 161 students entered gained some GCSEs, with a large number gaining an excellent set of top grades.”

He added, “We send our best wishes to those students leaving school, and welcome back the very large number returning to Lismore to undertake a programme of A-Level study where they can choose from a range of 26 different subjects. The GCSE results achieved by this year’s cohort of students bode well for further successes at post-16 level.”