Students excel in A-Level examinations

Dave Rees Principal of  Erne Integrated College, pictured with happy A level students. They are, front Laura McCusker, Shauna Hoy, Grainne Cross and Edel Gallagher. back, Christopher Beattie, Maciej Krawczyk, Jonathan Sharp, Warren Clarke and Greeborr Koszylowski

Dave Rees Principal of Erne Integrated College, pictured with happy A level students. They are, front Laura McCusker, Shauna Hoy, Grainne Cross and Edel Gallagher. back, Christopher Beattie, Maciej Krawczyk, Jonathan Sharp, Warren Clarke and Greeborr Koszylowski

ONCE AGAIN Fermanagh students have excelled, delivering exemplary A level and AS results across the board.

Students in Northern Ireland remain the top performers ahead of their rivals in the rest of the UK despite the number achieving the highest grade falling.


At Portora the school enjoyed a 99.4% pass rate and almost a third of all grades registered at A* or A.

There were many contented pupils on Thursday as principal Neil Morton explained: “Matthew Carson is off to study History in Oxford, International oarswoman Phoebe Mulligan is taking up a scholarship in Tulsa University USA and Jack Phippen, Adam Shaw and Gavin Hilliard all achieved straight A grades with two A*s apiece.”

St Michael’s College vice principal Mark Henry was delighted with his pupil’s results with 20 achieving three A grades or better. Of all the grades awarded at A Level 15% were A* grades.

In addition 70% of all grades were B or higher. He also paid tribute to the performance of students in a range of vocational subjects. Of the 12 pupils who studied BTEC Construction 9 achieved a Double Distinction or better which is the equivalent of 2 A grades.

At Mount Lourdes Grammar the girls yet again produced the goods with some outstanding results.

Of the 128 who sat A level examinations 23 students achieved 3 A grades or better.

The top performers were Aine McManus who achieved 3A* grades and 1 A and Blanaid Corrigan and Orlaith McManus who achieved 2A* grades and 2 A grades.


All students at the school achieved three A levels and the percentage of students attaining 3 A* – C grades was well above the Northern Ireland average.

Staff at St Joseph’s College were thrilled with their student’s results and were happy to report a 100% pass rate across all subjects.

The principal, Jimmy Jackson-Ware said he and the other staff were delighted that all of the students have been accepted on to their chosen further or higher education courses, ranging from South West College, to John Moore’s in Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan and UUJ.

At St Comhghall’s College, Lisnaskea’s 100% of students achieved A* – E Grades and 95% will be progressing to the university of their choice to study a range of subjects including: law, architecture, engineering, optometry, audiology, nursing and accountancy.

Success stories include head girl Leah Gavin who achieved three As. She will continue her education in the University of Ulster where she will study Optometry.

While hard work, dedication and effort clearly paid off for St. Comhghall’s top achiever Lauren Pilkington who gained an A* and 2 A’s in her results.

There were also success stories in vocational subjects where 99% of BTEC Construction, Childcare and Sports students achieved A or A* Grades.

Collegiate Grammar principal, Elizabeth Armstrong was ‘delighted’ with her students’ results.

All girls entered for three or more subjects at A2 achieved a 100% pass rate. 85% of all entries were at grades A*- C.  One third of the girls have at least an A* or 2 A grades in their portfolio.

Among the top achievers were Danielle Robinson (2A* and 2A) Georgia Gebler (1A* and 3A), Faith Viney (2A* and 1A), Gillian Atwell (1A* and 2A), Sophie Jones (1A* and 2A) and Amy Hetherington (3A).

At Fivemiletown College the entire school community joined in celebrating the achievements of students. A Level students had an almost 100% pass rate at A-E grade, with 74% achieving A-C at A2 level and 54% achieving A-C at AS level this year.

In each case this was a significant improvement on last year’s outcomes.

The most successful candidates were Natalie Noble, Andrea Cathcart, Jolene Farrell, Rebecca Hassard and Richard Dunne.

Devenish College staff and students were pleased with how they performed in the exams.

Overall 83% of the grades achieved by the students were in the A*-C range and 58% of the students achieved 3 A levels at grades A*-C, reflecting two years of hard work and dedication.

77% of the students achieved at least one A*, A or B grade.

St Fanchea’s principal Martha Smyth congratulated her pupils on their achievements.

She said: “Pupils have achieved well above their potential and all have secured places in universities or in higher education courses. The results achieved reflect the hard work and commitment of the girls, the dedication and inspiration of staff and the support and encouragement of parents.”

At the Erne Integrated College, principal Dave Rees commented that the students should be proud of their achievements and efforts and thanked his staff for their hard work and commitment.

Grainne Cross obtained straight A*/A grades at A Level and will study nursing at Edinburgh, Maciej Krawczyk is studying medicine at Hull, Laura McElroy will study chemical engineering at Manchester.

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