GCSE Success at Hazelwood College

GCSE Success at Hazelwood College

Hazelwood Integrated College students should be extremely proud of their GCSE achievements today with 91% of students obtaining 5 or more GCSE grades A* – C. This figure is well above the Northern Ireland Average of 77.3% for non-selective schools and again places the College in the DENI Upper Quartile. The percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSEs including English and Maths remains consistently high and also in the DENI Upper Quartile for comparable schools.

Today’s amazing set of results is evidence of the hard work from the students, the ongoing support from the parents/guardians and the continued professionalism and dedication from our Teachers.  This success continues our improvement journey to become one of the top non-selective schools in Northern Ireland.

Among top achieving subjects are English Literature, ICT, Art, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Princes Trust, Moving Image Arts, History, Business, Sports Studies, Travel & Tourism and Personal & Social Development.

Amongst the top achieving students were Sam McClelland, Lilli McCourt, Deaglan Cleary, Natasha Cooke, Emma Getgood, James Houston & Jack Marshall.

Principal, Máire Thompson, congratulated the pupils on their hard work and well-deserved success: “I share in the pride of so many parents and guardians as I congratulate our Year 12 pupils and their fantastic GCSE results. I would also like to commend the efforts of all of the pastoral staff, especially the Year Tutors, who have provided the individual care and attention that has enabled so many of our pupils to meet and, in many cases, exceed their personal targets.  The breadth of opportunities now open to our pupils proves that hard work brings its own rewards and I wish them all the best.” 

With this outstanding set of GCSE results Hazelwood Integrated College look forward to welcoming these pupils to Post 16 in order to build on this excellent foundation for A level studies.

New-Bridge Integrated College A Level Results

Another successful year at New-Bridge Integrated College for A Level Students

New-Bridge Integrated College celebrates another successful year of A Level results with 95% of our pupils achieving a minimum of 2+ A Level passes with over 78% achieving 3 A Level passes. We are delighted with the individual performance of all our pupils and congratulate them on their success.  We are proud to report that over 50% of our pupils achieved A*/A grades in subjects such as Art, Drama, History, ICT, Creative Multi-Media, Public Services and Sports Studies.  These results clearly represent the tremendous effort and commitment put in by our students and staff over these past two years. We also thank our parents for their support and commitment to our school over the years. 

As an integrated, all ability non selective school we are extremely proud of the progression routes our students have secured within Higher/Further Education establishments. It is very rewarding to see our 76% of our students progressing to Degree courses at Queens University, University of Ulster, St Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University and universities oversees in Engineering, Law, Teaching, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Creative Media to name but a few.  The range of subjects on offer at A Level caters for all learning styles as well as career aspirations. A full list of our Leavers’ University Destinations will be posted on our school website shortly. Mrs Anderson congratulated the students and their parents, as well as the staff of the college and New-Bridge thanks those who are leaving for all they have given to the college community during their years of study at New-Bridge – it has been a privilege to teach and work with them”. Well done to Year 14 Class of 2019.

Our Year 13 students also had reason to celebrate with again 97% of our students achieving 3 A level passes at AS level.   70% of our pupils achieved 3 A*-C grades which is a remarkable achievement.  We wish our AS students all the very best as they progress to A2 Level.

Mrs Anderson praised the successful collaborations with our partner schools in the Banbridge Area Learning Community which enables our pupils to access a wide range of A Level traditional and vocational courses. We thank all our schools for the collective work which is carried out within the Banbridge Area Learning Community which enable our pupils to achieve to the best of their ability and progress to the next stage in their education.

May I take this opportunity to inform you that any student interested in joining Sixth Form at New-Bridge Integrated College should visit the school on Thursday 22 August from 9 am onwards, to discuss our extensive range of A Level and BTEC courses and apply for a sixth form place.  Please note that pupils should bring their GCSE results slip to the school on that day.  Good luck to all GCSE students.

Mrs A Anderson


Sperrin Integrated College A Level Results

Exceptional Success for A-Level pupils at Sperrin Integrated College

Students and staff at Sperrin Integrated College are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this academic year.

At A Level, overall 87% of all grades were A*-C with 75 % of the pupils achieving 3 A*-C. Many pupils have achieved the top A*/A in one or more subject areas.

In thirteen subject areas including, Art and Design, English, Moving Image Arts, Health and Social Care (Single and Double Award) Performing Arts, ICT, Polish, Irish, Sports Studies (Double and Single Award), Religious Education, Business Studies and Engineering were all awarded the top grades A*-C with 100% success rate. This exceptional achievement can be attributed to the excellent teaching at Sperrin College, pupil work ethic, supportive parents and the work with our Magherafelt Learning Partnership colleagues.

The outstanding achievement of A* distinction for all seven of our students in ICT and all pupils in Sports studies cohort is testament to the very high standard of teaching and learning within the College.

Amongst the top achieving pupils are Jonathan Irvine, achieving an A* in Business Studies and Double A*A* in Sports Studies. Jonathan has secured a place at the University of Ulster to read Business Studies with Marketing. Other top performers include, Eoin Mc Donald, achieving an A* in Sports Studies, A* in ICT and A in Business Studies. Owen has also secured a place at University to complete a degree in Accountancy. Another excellent set of results for Jamie Mc Donald, who has achieved 2 A* grades in Business Studies and Engineering and 1 B grade in Geography. Jamie will study Planning, Regeneration and Development at university this year.

Matthew Mc Teague, Head Boy of Sperrin College has achieved two A* grades in Mathematics and ICT and a B grade in English literature. Matthew, having been caught by the acting bug during his leading role in the recent school production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, is off to study Drama at University. Head Girl, Grace Sinclair, achieving 2 B grades in Geography and Health and Social Care and a C grade in Mathematics has been awarded a place in Accountancy. Rhona Mc Coy who has achieved an A and two B grades is looking forward to taking up her university placement in Liverpool to study Nursing.

Oran Elliot achieved an A grade in Business Studies and two B grades in English and History. Oran is going to undertake an opportunity in FP McCann as an apprentice.

As in other years most of our pupils have secured a place at their chosen third level institution and will study a wide range of disciplines such as Accountancy, Business Studies, Nursing, Arts, Podiatry, Psychology and many other third level qualifications.

Mrs. Heron, Principal of Sperrin College, commented on the outstanding success of Sperrin pupils stating: ‘Once again I would like to congratulate the Year 14   pupils on achieving an excellent set of results at A level. This success is testament to the hard work they put into their studies and the maturity and committed approach they took to learning.’

She continued, ‘On behalf of the Senior Leadership team and all the staff we wish all of them continued success in the next phase of their lives and we hope that they truly live out the school ethos of ‘Pursing Excellence Together.’

Mrs. Heron commented on the exceptional support given to these young people by the school and their parents, stating, ‘It is very important to acknowledge the huge amount of support and expertise given to all our pupils from our dedicated staff, both teaching and non-teaching who inspire our pupils to fulfil their potential. In addition, the Principal also thanked the Parents and families for their support given to the pupils throughout their seven years at Sperrin College.

Hazelwood Integrated College A Level Results


Hazelwood Integrated College

15th August 2019

Amazing A level Results at Hazelwood College

Hazelwood Integrated College is celebrating amazing success at A level with a fantastic 77% achieving 3 A*-C, up 9% on last year’s figure, whilst 96% of students achieved 3 A*-E at A level. 100% of pupils achieved at least 2 A levels grade A* – E.  These results mean the College is amongst the top performing non-selective schools.  According to official statistics the College is firmly placed between the DENI Upper Quartile & 95th Centile, and is matching, and even outperforming, the attainment of some selective schools.

With such high rates of social deprivation in our catchment areas, it is inspiring to see that the College is also bucking the trend with regards to results for students entitled to Free School Meals with 85% achieving 3 A levels A*-C, a staggering 33.5% above the Northern Ireland Average of 51.5%.

It is impossible to select a ‘top performing’ subject this year as the results have been so good across the whole curriculum. More traditional subjects however, such as English Literature and History have had a particularly good year. There was also 100% success in subjects such as Art, Construction, Business, Travel & Tourism, Health & Social Care, ICT, Hospitality, Performing Arts, Sports Studies, Creative iMedia and Public Services. Results are also excellent in Applied Science, Photography & Moving Image Arts.

Amongst the top performing boys is Head Boy, Tony Carlisle who achieved 3 A* grades and has been accepted into Ulster University to study Sports Studies. Another top boy is Aidan Thompson who achieved 2 A* & 1 B and is also for Ulster University to study Photography.

Amongst our top performing girls is Sara Short who achieved 3 A* grades, Seana Molloy who achieved 2 A* & 1A and Wiktoria Urbanczyk with A* BB who will study Psychology at Queens University. Taking an alternative route to University is Patrice Tancogne who has been accepted to begin an apprenticeship in Plumbing with Belfast Metropolitan College.

Principal, Máire Thompaon is delighted with the results, “Once again it is great to witness the A’ Level students at Hazelwood achieve their dreams. I congratulate the students and their parents as well as all the staff of the college. I wish all of them great success in their years ahead.”

Congratulations to all schools who have voted yes!

Congratulations to all the schools who voted yes to move towards integration this term, with 4 in the last month alone. Parents around the country are looking towards an integrated future for their children, starting from their first steps into education here in Northern Ireland. NICIE and the Integrated Education Fund look forward to working with the most recent schools to vote yes:

  • Bangor Central Nursery School
  • Harding Memorial Primary School
  • Carrickfergus Central Primary School
  • Seaview Primary School in Glenarm

We want to extend our congratulations to all 4 schools as they start their journeys, as well as to all the schools that have taken the first step this year and all those working towards becoming fully integrated.

Parents around NI can express their support for their own school to become officially integrated on the Integrate My School platform: www.integratemyschool.com