Carrickfergus Grammar School celebrates its ‘best ever GCSE results’

Pupils have been congratulated after achieving the best ever GCSE exam results recorded at Carrickfergus Grammar School.

An unprecedented 33 pupils achieved nine or more A*/A grades - representing 27% of the year group - while 99% of pupils attained five or more passes at A*C and 98% achieved seven or more passes at A*C.

The schoool offered congratulations, in particular, to Kuba Glogowski, Jessica Hayes, Nathan Irvine, Kristen Moore and Sam Wharry who received straight A* grades in at least nine of their subjects.

Speaking after the distribution of results, principal James Maxwell said: “We always knew that our GCSE cohort was exceptionally strong academically, however they have exceeded expectations in the most challenging of circumstances. Throughout the year, including during the second lockdown between January and April, these pupils worked with resolve, diligence, gusto and with tremendous levels of engagement as regards online learning.

Carrickfergus Grammar School GCSE pupils with nine or more A star grades, included are principal James Maxwell and head of year Mrs Best.

“It is no surprise that this year group has ultimately achieved the school’s best ever GCSE results. I wish to pay tribute to our GCSE students, and to their families. Behind every successful child lies the backing of a supportive and caring family which deeply values the importance of education.

“Having spoken to many parents and families over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am well aware of the tremendous support our pupils have received from them. It really reinforces the key to success – when parents, pupils and school work collegially and constructively together in partnership in order to forge the strongest of academic outcomes.


Carrickfergus Grammar School heartily congratulates our GCSE cohort on these tremendous results. We have huge aspirations and ambition for these pupils, many of whom will now embark upon A Level study.”

Mr Maxwell continued: “A number of our GCSE students faced ill health and bereavement over the course of their GCSE journey. I would also want to convey my utter pride and admiration at how those pupils have achieved.

GCSE pupils chatting after picking up their results at Carrickfergus Grammar School on Thursday.

“I also wish to pay great tribute to the governors, teachers and support staff of Carrickfergus Grammar School, who have undertaken the process of identifying Centre Determined Grades with tremendous integrity, fairness and professionalism.”


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Carrickfergus Grammar School GCSE pupils with nine or more A star and A grades, included are principal James Maxwell and head of year Mrs Best

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