Exam successes and disappointments at Lismore Comprehensive

The number of excellent results by several pupils at Lismore Comprehensive was tinged with sadness as many students faced disappointment.

Five pupils achieved straight A grades at AS level at the Craigavon school.

They were Paulina Damps who got three As, Lauren Delaney also with three As, Iga Lutycz who achieved four As, Olivia McLaughlin also achieved four As and Peter Toal who achieved three As.

Principal of Lismore Comprehensive Shauna Lennon said: “The COVID-19 pandemic halted face-to-face learning across the world. Locally this disruption was felt most keenly by those cohorts of students who were due to sit external formal examinations before progressing to the next stage of their education.

A level Year 14 at Lismore Comprehensive in Craigavon.

“The cancellation of exams presented challenges, not only for schools who were instructed to submit Centre Assessed Grades and rank orders for students, but also for pupils who were anxious that they may not receive the examination outcomes that they deserved.

“Our dedicated staff worked hard over a number of weeks analysing data and looking at other forms of evidence to generate Centre Assessed Grades that were a true reflection of what each pupil would attain had exams been sat.

“Whilst I am happy to report that we had a number of excellent individual performances, many students have been disappointed to learn that Centre Assessed Grades were amended when the statistical model was applied by examination boards.

“At both A and AS Level it was very pleasing to see students awarded straight A grades and they are to be commended for their hard-work prior to lockdown.

Iga Lutycz, a pupil at Lismore Comprehensive, who achieved four A grades at AS level.

“Social distancing guidelines meant that we could not celebrate as extensively with our students as we had hoped however we will be able to acknowledge their success at a later date in the new term.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our committed staff for their support and encouragement to ensure both the academic and pastoral needs of all our pupils are met.

“Our parents played a key role in providing support for students who were experiencing high levels of anxiety during this unprecedented period of disruption.

“I am looking forward to welcoming students back to Lismore for the new term so that we can return to learning and teaching as it should be, within a school environment.

Lauren Delaney, a pupil at Lismore Comprehensive, who achieved three A grades at AS level.

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Olivia McLaughlin, a pupil at Lismore Comprehensive, who achieved four A grades at AS level.

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