Academic excellence from Wallace pupils

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Two Wallace High School Year-14 students, Ceara Henry and Samuel Moore, have

received Oxbridge offers.

Ceara, who is studying English Literature, Spanish and Biology, hopes to read Psychology, and Deputy Head Boy Samuel, studying Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics, hopes to read Medicine.

Wallace has a proud tradition of Oxbridge success with 14 students having gained coveted places in the academic years 2010-14.

Earlier this year former Head Boy Stephen Taylor (Oxford 2006) shared his experiences with A2 mathematicians and physicists.

Stephen, now Dr Taylor, has achieved his boyhood ambition of becoming a NASA scientist.

The Modern Languages department can boast of 10 students in 10 years having gained Oxbridge places.

The school’s most recent Oxford graduate, James Thompson, obtained First Class honours in French and German from Oxford (Oriel) and has commenced post-graduate study.

The quality of preparation towards application has been hailed a significant element of Wallace’s Oxbridge success, co-ordinator Michael Lowry and Head of Careers Paul Beaton having been credited with establishing a strong culture of aspiration in Wallace students.

Year 13 pupils are encouraged to apply for courses at Villiers Park.

The scheme provides a week of university-based and styled tuition and is designed to improve access to Russell Group universities.

Megan Gardner (Psychology), Rachel O’Connor (Engineering),Zach Scott (Economics), Hannah Roberts (English Literature), Thomas Storey (Mathematics), Aimee McMurray (Computer Science)and Ellen Newell (Law)have all gained places for this academic year and the school is on the record has having found the scheme effective in assisting pupils to gain places at the country’s most prestigious universities.

Principal, Deborah O’Hare, said, “I am immensely proud to be the principal of Wallace High School.

“The school has a long and proud history of service to the people of Lisburn.

“Our students never fail to impress visitors both in terms of their academic excellence and their warm confidence and courtesy.

“Thanking my teaching staff I can do no better than quote our former pupil, Chris Henry, who, addressing the question of why Wallace is Wallace, answered with the heart-warming assertion ‘great teachers who go above and beyond the classroom’.”