The Abbey Grammar School
77a, Ashgrove Road
Co Down, BT34 1QN
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PRESS RELEASE FRIDAY 27th AUGUST 2010
EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS IN ABBEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Fifth year students at the Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Newry learned that they have created their own little piece of history when they received their GCSE results last week. This group have achieved a new record for the greatest number of students obtaining 5 or more passes and 7 or more passes for the whole year group. 99% achieved five or more A*-C grades. This has increased from 96% last year. The number of pupils who achieved seven or more A*-C grades has increased from 91% last year to an impressive 98% this Summer.
95% achieved A*-C grades. 75% achieved A*-B grades and an astonishing 40% achieved A*/A grades. 23 students achieved at least 8 A*/A grades.
‘Top of the Class’ is Sean Rooney with 14 A* grades. He achieved his first A* grade in German in 2008 as a third year. He added another three A*’grades last year in French, LLW and Mathematics. This year he achieved his ‘super A grades’ in Design and Technology, English Language, English Literature, History, Additional Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Double Award Science and Spanish.
Two students achieved at least 12 A*/A grades. Stephen Grant and Benjamin Sutherland achieved 9 A* grades and 3 A grades each. Another two pupils achieved at least 11 A*/A grades. Niall McArdle achieved 8 A* grades and 3 A grades and Ciaran McCartan achieved 5 A* grades and 6 A grades.
Following the top performers above, four students achieved at least 10 A*/A grades, including Terry Guo (8 A* grades and 2 A grades), Connor Hogan (5 A* grades and 5 A grades), Neil McConville (4 A* grades and 6 A grades) and Sean Patterson (10 A grades).
10 students achieved at least 9 A*/A grades including Conor Austin, Conor Campbell, Aidan Cunningham, Ciaran Davies, Declan Doyle, Michael Haddad, Daire McAteer, Shane McCartan, Michael McKay and Ryan Morgan. Another four students achieved at least 8 A*/A grades. They included John Cosgrove, Peter Delahunt, Cathal McNulty and Donal O’Neill.
Students will choose four A levels from a range of 27 subjects available, including History, Geography, Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, Business Studies, Accounts, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Irish, French, Spanish, ICT, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Design and Technology (Systems and Control), Design and Technology (Resistant Materials), Religious Studies, Government and Politics, English Language, English Literature, Physical Education, Music, Sociology, Psychology, Engineering and Construction.
A delighted Headmaster, Mr Dermot McGovern, thanked staff and parents and congratulated all the students who received GCSE results – not only the boys who had done exceptionally well but also the boys who had done as well as they possibly could. He believes that a number of factors have combined to help with this year’s success, including a very dedicated, committed and highly professional staff who got the best out of this year group. The most valuable gift any teacher can give a pupil in the Abbey is their own time and this was given in abundance.
Support from parents was another area highlighted by Mr McGovern that facilitated these results, working in harmony with the Abbey by attending Parent/Teacher meetings and helping to implement recommendations that were agreed at ‘Progress Meetings’ that were set up to support students.
Pupil’s in Year 11 have also performed very well after completing numerous GCSE examinations following their first year of study and can look forward to matching this years GCSE results next year.