The Royal School Dungannon’s Headmaster, Dr David Burnett, has described the examination grading process used this year as, “An enormous challenge and undertaking for all concerned. Our Year 13 and 14 pupils went through something similar last year and many had said that they hoped they would get the chance to sit their exams this year. That couldn’t happen of course but the grading system used this year did at least provide opportunities for pupils to show their qualities in the work they produced throughout the year and in class tests in April and May using exam board materials. We cannot praise the pupils highly enough for the way in which they responded to the disruption and the new grading process. They showed tremendous resilience and maturity, working through each step in the process with focus and determination, but they also kept a sense of perspective and a sense of humour as they supported one another and worked with their teachers.”
He continued, “The grading procedure placed a huge responsibility on teachers and I want to thank our staff for their professionalism and hard work throughout this process over many weeks. RSD teachers know their pupils really well and they spent a great deal of time looking at each pupil’s work. I also want to thank parents and family members who supported our pupils in so many ways, including of course the periods of remote learning when school was closed. It is interesting to hear the pupils talk about their experience and their acknowledgement that the support they received from staff in school and family and friends at home was crucial in their success. Ultimately, of course, the pupils have to do the work and provide the evidence base for the awarding of their grades and that is what they did so well. We are delighted that so many of our pupils have seen their hard work rewarded with top grades. They have earned their grades and they can be rightfully proud of their achievements. We are very proud of them and offer our congratulations.”
The Year 14 pupils who achieved top grades at A Level included:
Grace Ferguson achieved 4 A* grades, Samuel Thompson achieved 3 A* and 1 A grades and Colin Lowcock achieved 4 A grades. Jon Birnie and Alice Hayes were each awarded 3 A* grades.
Zara Boyd, Zara Chambers, Ellie Curry, Emily Ewart, Mia McCammon, Odo Pang, Jamie Thompson and Caleb Wilson were all awarded 2 A* grades and 1 A grade. Eleven pupils were awarded 1 A* grade plus 2 A grades: Lydia Carson; Kristyn Cuddy; Ellen Farquhar; Tori Hampton; Ben Kelly; Katie Marshall; Zara McDermott; Grace Morrow; Tracy Sloane; Hannah Sloss and Katelin Spratt.
Ellie Greenaway, Ellen Hamilton, Patrick Hazelton, Rebecca Hicks, Robyn Jennings, Sarah Shrestha, Zoe Talbot and Hannah Wilson all achieved 3 A grades.
The Year 13 pupils who achieved top grades at AS level included:
Adam Curran, Niall Keys, Jim Lam, May Lau, Caitlyn MacGregor, Catherine McCammon, Chloe McCaughey and Abigail Patterson were all awarded 4 A grades. Katie Chambers, Peter Chan and Rebecca Liggett achieved 3 A grades and 1 B grade.
A further 19 pupils were awarded three A grades: Bethany Benson; Katie Frew; Abbie Graham; Sarah Graham; Matthew Hall; Emma Henry; Daniel Irwin; Rachel Lewis; Jayne Liggett; Hollie Magowan; Tayyib Majid; Jessica McClung; Dylan McMullan; Matthew McNeill; Alex Meneely; Benjamin Neill; Nathan Reid; Ellie Wilkinson and Ellie Willis.