A-Level results at five year high!

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The Belfast Model School for Girls is celebrating another hugely successful year for its A-Level students, with continued improvement at A-Level.
The percentage of students achieving 3 A*-C A-Levels has increased again, with more students achieving A*-C at A-Level than at any time in the last five years.  Over 70% of grades awarded are at grades A*-C.  The results confirm the findings of the ETI during our recent inspection, with the school significantly above the ETI’s benchmarking figures for similar schools.

The comprehensive nature of our school is also born out in the broader headline figure of the percentage of students achieve 2+ A*-E which is also up on last year and above the average for girls in Northern Ireland.

On a subject level, there are several areas to celebrate:

Business Studies – 93% A*-C; 79% A*-B
Travel and Tourism – 91% A*-C; 73% A*-B
Art & Design – 100% A*-C; 50% A*-B
ICT – 85% A*-C; 61% A*-B
Sociology – 83% A*-C; 51% A*-B

We are particularly proud of the progress we are making in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.  As well these exceptional results in ICT, our Applied Science cohort achieved an 80% A*-C and 50% A*-B pass rate. We are also very grateful to our Area Learning Community partners, Belfast Boys’ Model School who enable us to offer Design & Technology to our students.  Our students who study DT at Boys’ Model all achieved at least a C grade.

Mr Wright, Principal said ‘Congratulations to all students receiving results today.  The Board of Governors and I are delighted at our students’ achievements.  The recent year on year increases we are achieving at the school reaffirms the school’s commitment to our motto ‘Achievement for All’.  We are very ambitious for our pupils and both our teaching and non-teaching staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure students succeed and it goes without saying that we are very grateful for the continued support of our parents.  It really is a day for all of us to feel very proud at what our students have achieved – it has been a real team effort and I am pleased that the whole community can be very proud of the school.

The biggest plaudits however must go the students themselves.  Our students are exceptional young women who are more than ready to take their places at University, apprenticeships or employment.  Our Sixth Form students really are an inspiration to younger students in the school who should believe that anything is possible if they are willing to work hard and put maximum effort into their studies.

A lot of our students are leaving us today for university.  Students are going to study courses such as Sports Rehabilitation, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, International Travel and Tourism, Teaching Programmes and Social Work.  Girls’ Model students will study at universities across the United Kingdom, including Cardiff, Lancaster and Liverpool John Moores as well as our own Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster.

A special mention also for our Level 3 Childcare students who have all passed their vocational childcare course with flying colours.  Almost a quarter of the group achieved the equivalent of 3 A grades at A-Level and everyone achieved the equivalent of 3 A*-C.  This A-Level programme is the ‘industry standard’ and the students from that subject are ready to take their place in the world of work.

Today is great news for our whole school community. As everyone knows I am moving on to become Principal of a school in the Greater Merseyside area and it fills me with immense pride to leave this summer on such a high.”

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