St Joseph’s Grammar tops GCSE performance league table

EXAM performances at seven out of ten Dungannon District secondary schools have dropped in comparison to other schools in Northern Ireland.

In the latest ranking system based on the percentage of pupils who achieved five good GCSE results last year, St Joseph’s College Donaghmore has come out on tops in the Dungannon District, followed by the Royal School and then St Patrick’s Academy.

In the Northern Ireland-wide league table, St Joseph’s is ranked at number 31, with the Royal School at 53, and St Patrick’s Academy at 56.

However, St Patrick’s College Dungannon, Aughnacloy High School, St Joseph’s Donaghmore, the Royal School, St Patrick’s Academy, St Ciaran’s College and Integrated College Dungannon all saw comparative exam performances drop last year, dropping a combined total of more than 100 places.

The three local secondary schools which improved their GCSE performance comparatively in 2012 were Drumglass High School, Fivemiletown College and St Joseph’s College, Coalisland.

Of the local grammar schools, relative standards have plummeted the most at St Patrick’s Academy, which dropped 18 places from 38 to 56 in the province’s league table of GCSE performance.

Fivemiletown College boasted the greatest improvement in educational attainment at GCSEs with a rise of 37 places from 133 to 96.

St Ciaran’s College was the highest performing non grammar school in the Dungannon District, pipping several grammar schools across Northern Ireland including St Mary’s Grammar, Belfast.

The figures are derived from the 2012 Annual Examination Results recently released by the Department of Education.

Geraldine Donnelly, Vice Principal at St Joseph’s Donaghmore said the school was absolutely delighted that the pupils had performed so well in both GCSE and A-level exams.

“Their achievements are a testament to their own hard work and to the tremendous support of both their parents and our hard-working staff”, she said. “We look forward to building upon this success for many more years to come.”

In the grammar sector, the average percentage of Northern Ireland pupils achieving the minimum Government standard of five good GCSEs was 92.9% – down from 93.9% in 2011.

St Patrick’s Academy and the Royal School both fell below that level.

The overall Northern Ireland average – bringing in grammar and secondary schools – is 60.1%.

Four schools shared top place in the rankings– Aquinas Diocesan (Belfast), Wallace High (Lisburn), Lumen Christi College (Londonderry) and Dalriada (Ballymoney) – all ensured every pupil secured at least a grade C in English and maths as well as three other GCSEs.