A-LEVEL RESULTS: Priory Integrated College Press Release

Priory Integrated College Celebrates Exam Success: Outstanding results for outstanding students

The Principal of Priory Integrated College, Holywood, Jacqui Argument, today welcomed the exam successes of Priory students who received their A Level results this morning.  Year on year, A level exam results in Priory are outstanding; this year was no exception, with students celebrating exceptional A-level results.

75% of those students who sat 3 or more A Level courses at the Holywood college, achieved at least 3 or more A*-C grades and over 92% of the cohort achieved at least 2 pass grades at A Level or equivalent).  ‘I must congratulate these young people on their successes and pay tribute to the dedicated work of all of the Priory staff and the parents / carers, who worked so hard to support them.’

Individual success stories include Ben Crawford, who achieved 3 straight A grades and is going on to study Business Management at Queen’s University.  Rachel Haire (pictured) achieved 2 As and a B grade and is heading off to Magee College to do a degree in Social Work, and David Mercer (pictured), achieved an A and 2 Bs, which enables him to study a Bachelor of Education degree at Stranmillis College.  Rachel Malcolm achieved an A and 2 Bs and is going to study Business with Enterprise at Queen’s University and Marzana Begum (pictured) achieved an A*, an A and C and is going to Belfast Metropolitan College to study Forensic Science.

As these successful students move on to the next stage of their education, the debate on education continues, with many parents beginning the school year agonising about whether their children should undergo the stress of selection tests for entry into grammar school.  ‘Successful exam results from integrated schools like Priory prove that academic selection is not necessary,’ said Ms Argument. ‘The all ability ethos of Priory ensures high expectations of all of our students, whatever their starting point, and the positive learning environment helps them all to  fulfil their potential. In addition, our pupils here in Priory have the added privilege of a shared learning of each other’s traditions, backgrounds and beliefs, in an inclusive environment committed to reconciliation.’

Noreen Campbell, NICIE Chief Executive, expressed her delight at the achievements of students across the sector: “Integrated colleges are the most popular and most oversubscribed schools in Northern Ireland. These results tell us why: integrated colleges provide a high achieving environment for all students.”

From next Thursday, Priory will be recruiting students to its Sixth Form for September 2014.  For further information or to arrange an interview with a senior member of staff, please contact the college on 02890423481 or via e-mail to info@priorycollege.holywood.ni.sch.uk