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.
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.
“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.
“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.”.