Horticulture students excel at Downshire

DOWNSHIRE High School principal Jacqueline Stewart has congratulated this year’s GCSE students on an “outstanding” set of results.

“Over 46 percent of GCSE entries received an A* - C grade, while some subject areas have performed particularly well,” said Ms Stewart.

“We’ve seen A* and A grades starting to creep into English again, which is fantastic. English literature, art, history and office technology have also turned out some great results. We also offer horticulture which I am pleased to say has had a 100 percent pass rate.”

Top achievers at the school were Jordan Ballentine, Tasmin Bryden, Rebecca Mehaffy, Jonathan Greer, Stephen Purdy, Claudia Trainor, Alice Wilkin, Hanna Louise Johnston, Lauren Baird, Laura Bell and Demi McCartan.

Meanwhile, Downshire triplets David, Emma and Laura Bill and twins Graham and Robert Alexander also performed extremely well.

“I’m delighted to say that the majority of GCSE pupils will be returning to the school for sixth form study, with several new subjects available such as a BTEC in Sports Studies,” added Ms Stewart.

“I just want to congratulate not only the students for their hard work, but the teachers for the support and help they provided.”

Ms Stewart also paid tribute to former Downshire pupil Dillon Woodside, who tragically died following an accident in February. “Dillon was one of our Year 12 students and would have sat his GCSEs this year,” she said. “A significant number of pupils were very upset by his death and he is sadly missed.”