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100 per cent achieve 'good' A-levels at Catholic grammar school

Katie Kerr and Georgia Heatherley at Victoria College in Belfast receive get their results

A CATHOLIC grammar school is celebrating a record proportion of top A-level grades.

St Louis' in Ballymena achieved a 100 per cent A*-C pass rate - the first time this has happened in the north.

The school consistently performs well and has topped The Irish News grammar school league tables in the last two years.

Principal Sean Rafferty said the school was delighted but added it was not totally unexpected.

The school had 162 students in year group and all scored at least three A*-C in A-levels or equivalent qualifications. The school runs a mixture of courses for sixth formers that also include vocational A-levels.

Mr Rafferty said the aim was that every young person had a strong academic profile commensurate with their career aspirations.

Young people will go on to university or higher national apprenticeships.

"We are fortunate to have a team of excellent teachers who are really passionate about student outcomes and subject delivery, very supportive parents and highly motivated students who have bought into our philosophy that anything is possible with hard work," Mr Rafferty said.

Lumen Christi College in Derry also achieved high scores.

"We are absolutely delighted with all our students' achievements. Over 96 percent of grades were A* to C with a third of students gaining an impressive 3A*/As or more. These outstanding results are testament to the hard work of the students, dedication of the staff and unwavering support of parents," said Principal Siobhan McCauley.

"As a school community, we value academic success and remain most proud of the way our young people have developed as individuals, prepared and committed to making a positive contribution to society."

Claire Crummey at Blessed Trinity College in North Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

In north Belfast, Blessed Trinity College was also celebrating record results - 80 per cent of pupils at the non-selective school achieved at least three A*-Cs.

Principal Jim McKeever said it was a positive boost for an area where young people had been in the headlines recently for negative reasons.

"This is stunning for a non-selective school. While the young people of north Belfast have been given a bad name, this shows the good that should dominate the news. Some of these young people come from some of the most socially deprived areas and this is a glowing testament to them," Mr McKeever said.

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