Dunclug College is celebrating historic levels of achievement at GCSE level. All students,
including those with various learning challenges sat a minimum of 7 GCSE subjects, including the compulsory core of English, Maths and Science and a range of GCSE optional choices in a balance of
General and Applied courses. Many gifted and competitive students sat 8, 9 or 10 subjects. The overall result for GCSE English for the whole cohort was 80% in the A – C range, with the
overall Mathematics result being almost 60%: in each case this represented the best outcomes in the school’s history. Overall, almost 80% of students achieved 5 or more subjects in the A
– C range with almost 60% achieving this standard inclusive of English and Maths. This significantly exceeds the National and Northern Ireland averages and places our school and is testimony to
the success which can be attained at a non-selective school. Many factors contribute to such success, not least the support of parents, the commitment of students and the motivational teaching
which is inspirational yet grounded, and which proves that high expectations enable students to push boundaries and indeed predictions.
Subjects which achieved the outstanding success rate of 100% of pupils gaining Grade C or better were
as follows: Art, Construction, Media Studies, Double Award Science, Occupational Studies, Further Maths, Prince’s Trust, Agriculture & Community Sport. Other high achieving subjects
included: Applied Business 70%, English 80%, English Literature 92%, Engineering 70%, French 75%, Geography 79%, ICT 70%, Single Award Science 78%, Technology & Design 91%, Drama 91%, Music
82%, BTEC Sport 91%
The Principal noted that amongst the numerous excellent combinations of grades were children with
special educational needs, and many personal best achievements. It was also very encouraging to note that 96% of all students in the year group achieved at least 5 grades in the A – E
Congratulations to top achievers: Kirsten McLeister - 5 A* and 3A,
Francey - 4A*, 4A, 1B and 1C and Charlotte McKay 1A*, 4A, 2B and 1C.
Other students with a profile of A - C grades in eight or more subjects included: Stuart Adams, Tori
Agnew, Chloe Bleakley, Alan Clarke, Daniel Compton, Megan Davison, Laura Du Bois Pidgeon, Amy Ewart, Joy Forsythe, Rachel Greer, Abigail Harris, Timothy Hill, Korben Houston, Lynn Hughes, Deanna
Johnston, Jamie Knox, Danielle Mahaffy, Tamzin McClenaghan, Adam McConnell, Grace McCullough, Emma McDowell, Thomas McFall, Megan McKay, Luke Neeson, Robbie O’Neill, Aimee Penney, David Saunderson,
Chad Shaw, Joshua Shaw, Robyn Telford, Charlotte Waide, James Warwick, Leah Young. This, in addition to the list of students, too numerous to list, who achieved 7 top grades.
Interviews are currently underway at the College for Sixth Form places and/or advice for students on
the next steps in their learning. Applications are also welcome from students from other schools. Admissions Criteria and the details of subjects on offer are available at the School
A Level Congratulations for Dunclug College
Dunclug College is pleased to be celebrating a 7% improvement in its A Level results for the 2017/18 year, in line with our expectations for our students. 80% of
all grades were in the A – C range, with a total of 35 students achieving at least one A Grade. A significant majority sat three A Level subjects with 60% achieving three grades in the A – C
range. 83% of the whole cohort achieved 2 or more in the A – C range and 100% 2 grades in the A – E range.
In the following subjects 100% of students achieved in the A – C range: Biology, Care, Chemistry, Construction, Engineering, Sports, Geography, Moving Image
Arts, Sociology, Travel & Tourism, followed closely by high pass rates at Grade C or better, as follows: Applied Business 90%, CTEC Business 89%, ICT 88%, Performing Arts 83%, Art 83%,
Health & Social Care 81%, Religious Studies 66% and Life & Health Science, 50%. Many students achieved outstanding individual performances in these and other subjects, and excellent
combinations of grades to lead to a wide range of University placements & Apprenticeships. In keeping with the national trend there was improvement in the performance of boys due to careful
choice of subjects and motivational teaching.
The Principal congratulated all students for their excellent commitment in the face of the many challenges of A level study - and the staff for their diligence in
preparation and delivery, as well as their positive approach to the many syllabus and examination changes, and the many current financial challenges in education.
A special mention is made of the following high achievers:
Carolyn Aiken, Kennedy Brown, Kirsten Collins, Courtney Davis, Anna Donnell, Emily Erwin, Romany Graham, Courtney Gribben, Rebecca Harris, Kathryn Hamilton, Aaron
Houston, David Jamieson, Christine Kernohan, Stephanie Kilpatrick, Anna Knox, Kirsten Leckey, Chloe McFall, Morgan McVicker, Chelsea Morrow, JJ Morrow, Catherine Perry, Jordan Peters, Laura Reid,
Charlie Smith, Amy Smith, Amy Stirling, Jack Wilkins, Amy Wilson, Hannah Wilson and Sophiah Wilson.
With high commendations also to the following students:
Mellissa Bell, Adam Crowther, Jason Fleming, Britney Hill, Georgia Hill, Tamarin Hill, Zoe Luke, Ewan McClintock, Brandon Millar, Nena Rea, Callum Ross, Jacqueline
Smyth, Thomas Surgenor, Matthew Waide and Courtney Walsh.
The Careers staff, subject teachers, and senior leaders were delighted to be on hand to congratulate pupils and parents personally and to work closely with students to
ensure progression to the next stage of their educational journey. Please do not hesitate to contact school if there remain any outstanding queries.
We look forward to welcoming back the majority of Year 12 students into Sixth Form, following GCSE results next week. Applications are also welcome from students
transferring from other schools for the in-coming academic year. The Sixth Form Prospectus, with details of the subjects on offer and teaching approaches, as well as the Admissions Criteria,
can be obtained from the School Office.
16th August 2018