Praise for city’s A Level students as they embark on new life path

Foyle College Principal Patrick Allen with pupils who achieved three or more As at A-Level, from left: Ethan Lapsley, Andrew Martin, Sarah Ferry, Wasi Quereshi, Frank Duffy, Alex Browne, Jack taylor, Jade Gould, Rodger Long, Ruth Allen.
Foyle College Principal Patrick Allen with pupils who achieved three or more As at A-Level, from left: Ethan Lapsley, Andrew Martin, Sarah Ferry, Wasi Quereshi, Frank Duffy, Alex Browne, Jack taylor, Jade Gould, Rodger Long, Ruth Allen.

A Level students across the city received their results on Friday, officially bringing to an end their school days.

At Foyle College exam performance at A-Level has been steadily increasing and this year 79 per cent of pupils achieved 3 or more A* - C grades. An increase of 5% on last year. The school would like to wish it’s leavers all the very best in their future courses and careers.

Opening their exam results are Foyle College students Hannah Ruddy and Jade Barber.

Opening their exam results are Foyle College students Hannah Ruddy and Jade Barber.

Among those to congratulate the students was MLA Gary Middleton, who said they should be proud of their achievements.

“Whatever the outcome of your hard work, life always presents plenty of fresh opportunities,” he said.

Meanwhile, SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said he wished all A-level students in the city every success in their future endeavours.

“I congratulate every one of them on their individual achievements, each of whom has made an important step in their lifelong learning journey. It is heartening that A-level students here are continuing to perform extremely well, an achievement which is contributed to by a variety of schools of different types in Derry, secondary, grammar and our regional college of further education.

Pictured with the Principal Mr Patrick Allen of Foyle College, celebrating her 3 A* and 1 A grade in her A-Level, is former Head Girl Sarah Ferry who is looking forward to starting her degree in Natural Sciences at  Cambridge University.

Pictured with the Principal Mr Patrick Allen of Foyle College, celebrating her 3 A* and 1 A grade in her A-Level, is former Head Girl Sarah Ferry who is looking forward to starting her degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

“Results day is not an easy time for any student and some may find that their grades unfortunately do not match their expectations. Indeed, it is important to note that university is not the only option. I would therefore encourage students not make any hasty decisions and contact their careers advisors to explore the many possibilities still open to them.”

Education Minister John O’Dowd and Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry have also congratulated students receiving A and AS level results

Minister O’Dowd said: “This year we have seen an increase in A level entries which is encouraging and I am delighted that Maths has topped the poll as the most popular subject with A level students. Employers continue to tell us about the growing need for students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects and this year entries in these subjects from female students have increased considerably.

“Seeing the relevance of course choices for the future is vital in keeping young people engaged and motivated to achieve and the Entitlement Framework has opened up the choices available to pupils sitting A levels. Our young people have performed well. I wish them well in their next step.

Celebrating achieving three or more A grades in their AS exams are Amy Caldwell, Chloe Appleby, Adriana Chiquito, Harry Chambers, Lydia Cullen, Cormac Ruiz-Byrne, Courtney Simpson, Aaron McFarland, Amy Young, David Jackson, Jane Fulton, Robert Smyth, Jordan Finlay, Sarah Gwynne and Hannah McGarrigle.

Celebrating achieving three or more A grades in their AS exams are Amy Caldwell, Chloe Appleby, Adriana Chiquito, Harry Chambers, Lydia Cullen, Cormac Ruiz-Byrne, Courtney Simpson, Aaron McFarland, Amy Young, David Jackson, Jane Fulton, Robert Smyth, Jordan Finlay, Sarah Gwynne and Hannah McGarrigle.

“For other young people, the results will not be what they had hoped and I would encourage them not to be disheartened. The pathways through study and training to employment are not the same for everyone. Teachers, careers advisers and parents can offer advice and support.”.