GCSE results: Wallace principal proud of young people’s achievements

Saffron Cairns who achieved 11A* grades at GCSE level at The Wallace High School pictured on results day with her parents and sister Jasmine.
Saffron Cairns who achieved 11A* grades at GCSE level at The Wallace High School pictured on results day with her parents and sister Jasmine.

Students at Wallace High are once again celebrating very good GCSE results, with one student gaining an incredible 12 A* grades.

In the year group of 174 students, 54 students achieved nine or more grades at A*-A. Overall, over 80 per cent of the grades awarded to pupils at Wallace were A*, A or B again this year.

Sister and brother Rebecca and Patrick Lynn pictured on GCSE Results Day at The Wallace High School.

Sister and brother Rebecca and Patrick Lynn pictured on GCSE Results Day at The Wallace High School.

The school has extended the number of GCSEs available to students this year, with some students studying as many as 12 full GCSE subjects.

Principal Mrs O’Hare commented: “It is important to find an appropriate number and range of subjects at GCSE for all our students. For some students nine subjects is sufficient, but for others 12 subjects stretches their ability and provides an enriched broad base from which to move to A Level.”

The school has highlighted the achievements of its top 10 GCSE students: Matthew Allen - 12 A*; Saffron Cairns - 11 A* 1 B; Rachel Chambers - 11 A*; Alice Crosby - 11 A*; Nikhita Dowie - 11 A*; Rebecca Lynn - 11 A*; Peter Gillanders - 10 A* 1 A; Sara Menown - 10 A* 1 A; Peter Scott - 10 A* 1 A; Ben Smyth - 10 A* 1 A.

Mrs O’Hare went on to thank the teaching and support staff, the parents and the contributory primary schools for the successes of the students at GCSE.

Lucy and Peter Gillanders from The Wallace High School pictured with sister and past pupil Rosie on GCSE Results Day.

Lucy and Peter Gillanders from The Wallace High School pictured with sister and past pupil Rosie on GCSE Results Day.

She added: “The groundwork for success in education begins at home and excellent foundations are built for our young people by parents and the local primary schools.

“Our teachers and support staff then build on these foundations to provide high quality learning and teaching and an enviable range of extra-curricular activities to develop these young people holistically.

“Today’s results reflect 13 years of pre-school, primary school and grammar school education. The community of Lisburn should be justifiably proud of what our young people have achieved.”

Patrick Hunter from The Wallace High School pictured with dad Mike and mum Maggie on GCSE Results Day.

Patrick Hunter from The Wallace High School pictured with dad Mike and mum Maggie on GCSE Results Day.

Twins Sam and Josh Cardosi pictured with their parents on GCSE Results Day at The Wallace High School.

Twins Sam and Josh Cardosi pictured with their parents on GCSE Results Day at The Wallace High School.