Sixth form intake largest ever at Carrick College

Carrickfergus College is celebrating a record year of GCSE results, with pupils obtaining a pass rate of 68 percent in five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C.

The results mean that the College has jumped from a pass rate of 42 percent in 2010 to 68 percent in August 2011.

College Principal Hedley Webb attributed the improvement to a very hardworking staff, as well as tracking and target setting measures put in place over the last academic year.

“These results show how capable the pupils in the College are,” Mr Webb said. “This gives rise to the question of why pupils have to go through the trauma of selection at the age of 11, when schools like Carrickfergus College can provide the quality of education and level of success which we do?”

Pupils worthy of note included Vicky Ward, who gained 2 A*, 5 A and 2 B grades; Scott Sinnamon, who got 1 A* and 7 As; Michael Campbell, who achieved 2 A*s , 3 As and 2 Bs; Adam Colgan, with 2 A* , 5 A and 2 B grades, and Charlotte Howie, who got 6 As and 2 Bs.

“I am immensely proud of the Pupils for all of their hard work and I’d like to congratulate each and every one,” Mr Webb said. “I also want to thank the parents for their marvellous support over the past five years.”

The school has already begun to plan for the new Year 11 and 12 pupils in September to ensure that this year’s results are built on in the next few years. Intake for Year 13 looks like being one of the largest ever at around 70 pupils.