A Level Success 2019

St Patrick’s Academy pupils are jubilant this week after receiving another excellent set of A Level results. With over 90% of grades in the A*-C band, there are great success stories for so many individual pupils. Over 40 pupils have achieved top grades and the vast majority have gained access to their first choice university course.  

While the rigour of traditional A Level subjects has undoubtedly increased, it is pleasing to see so many of our pupils still performing at a high level and gaining access to the most competitive courses. It is pleasing also to see growing numbers of students considering new pathways such as higher apprenticeships. I commend those students who have been successful in securing places on some of the most sought-after training programmes, including PWC Technology and Business apprenticeships and the Kainos Earn as you Learn Scheme. 

I would like to pay tribute to all of our pupils. They have shown great maturity and fortitude over the past year and it is pleasing to see them move on to university and into employment in such great numbers. It is very gratifying to see the fruits of many months of sustained study, including the after-school and weekend study sessions, that proved so popular. I would like to pay tribute also to our staff. We have a very dedicated and child-centred professional team at the Academy and it is not only the examination results that reflect this but the variety and richness of the whole educational and extra-curricular experience at the school. I would like also to thank our parents for their unstinting support over the past years.

It has been a year of great celebration and also one of great tragedy and we are very mindful of this as we celebrate today’s achievements. 

With all of the facilities at the new school now complete we look forward to more success and growth in the years ahead as we have a lot of exciting plans – both curricular and extra-curricular to meet the needs of the next generation of pupils. 

I would like to wish all of our ‘A’ Level pupils every success and fulfilment as they move on to the next stage of their education.  

Mr Fintan Donnelly (Principal)