Pupils excel at Lismore as teachers and parents are praised

Teachers and parents of pupils at Lismore Comprehensive have been praised for helping pupils through their GCSEs despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Principal Shauna Lennon said: “In Lismore we very much welcomed the Minister’s decision to use Centre Assessed Grades to award GCSE outcomes this year.

“This decision reinforces my confidence in our teachers who worked tirelessly during lockdown to ensure that this very strong cohort of students achieved grades which reflected their potential.

“We had a very rigorous standardisation process in place to confirm that no student was disadvantaged in this process.

Top GCSE pupils at Lismore Comprehensive School in Craigavon.

“I congratulate all students who have received results today and who no doubt are enormously relieved that this worrying process has come to an end.

“I am delighted to report that results in the two key performance indicators of 5+A* - C and 5+A* - C including English and Maths have shown significant increase, as we had anticipated.

“Students have excelled and attained top grades across a range of subject areas. Outstanding performances worth particular note were achieved by Caolan Mc Mullan (Top Achiever – 7A*, 4A), Kacper Szymczyna, Madison McGeown, Noel Filipca, Oliwia Haluszka, Olaf Pacyga, Oisin Lynch, Oran Tennyson and Ellen Breen.

“All pupils must be commended for the hard work completed prior to lockdown which contributed to their Centre Assessed Grades.

“I look forward to welcoming this very talented group of students back to post-16 study in Lismore where they will be able to avail of a broad curriculum offer across three pathways.

“Once again I must extend my most sincere thanks to our parents for their incredible patience and support during the past few difficult months. Alongside our teaching staff they have been able to provide a secure environment and support in these very uncertain times for our students.

“This support will continue next week when our students return to the classroom to begin the next step of their educational journey and all in Lismore are keen to get back to our primary focus of learning and teaching.”

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