A talented group of Bangor schoolgirls from Glenlola Collegiate School have each passed their first GCSE two years before their fellow classmates have even put pen to paper to take their examinations at this level.
The17 Year 10 pupils achieved a 100% pass rate in their Astronomy GCSE, with an astounding 75% of the girls achieving either A* or A grades. Not only did the students take this examination two years early, they also completed the course outside the normal school timetable as an extra-curricular activity in one year.
Principal, Eric Thompson, said,
” I am delighted with the results achieved by this talented group of girls. Gaining a GCSE at the age of 13 or 14 is a significant achievement in itself but to do so through their sheer hard work outside the normal school timetable demonstrates a level of commitment, which epitomises the “can do” spirit here in Glenlola Collegiate. The fact that the majority of the girls achieved either a Grade A* or A in this challenging course, makes their personal success even greater. My thanks go to Mrs Milligan who delivered the course so expertly, guiding and inspiring the girls throughout the year”.
In congratulating the girls on their results, Astronomy teacher, Jacquie Milligan commented,
“All the girls worked very hard and are fully deserving of their success. They showed remarkable perseverance throughout the year and undertook two separate Controlled Assessment tasks, a huge challenge for such young girls. They certainly exemplify our School ethos of ‘Excellence through commitment, contribution and caring’. We are extremely proud of every one of them!”
Pupil Samantha Dornan, herself a recipient of an A*, simply summed up their exhilaration by stating, “ We are all over the moon!”