Pupils at the Royal School Dungannon have achieved excellent GCSE results in this summer’s examinations. This was the first year of the new GCSE format and grading system, with the number of A* grades awarded by CCEA overall greatly reduced in number and fewer B grades awarded thanks to the introduction of the new C* grade. Despite these changes the RSD results showed 46% of all grades at A* or A, 71% of all grades at A*-B and 94% of all grades at A*-C.
28/94 pupils returned at least 7 A*/A grades. Zara Boyd led the way with 9 A* grades plus 1 A grade while Grace Ferguson scored 8 A* grades plus 2 A grades. Jon Birnie scored 7 A* grades plus 3 A grades and Caleb Wilson achieved 6 A* grades plus 4 A grades. Ellie Greenaway and Ellen Hamilton each returned 5 A* and 5 A grades; and Lydia Carson, Emily Ewart and Jessica Sloane all scored 4 A* grades plus 6 A grades.
Grace Morrow, Katelin Spratt, Tori Hampton, Holly McAree, Alice Hayes and Jamie Thompson all carried off 10 A*/A grades each. Ellie Curry, Katie Marshall, Tracy Sloane, Mia McCammon, Samuel Thompson and Emily Adams all returned A*/A grades in at least 9 subjects.
Zara McDermott, Chantelle Gallagher, Robyn Jennings, Hollie Corr and Ellen Farquhar scored at least 8 A*/A grades in their overall totals; while Zoe Talbot and Odo Pang achieved at least 7 A*/A grades in their totals.
The Headmaster, Dr David Burnett, praised the pupils for their commitment and hard work. “The new GCSE format and grading system created some real challenges for pupils and they have responded so well, listening to their teachers’ guidance and working hard to meet the required criteria. They really deserve huge congratulations for all their efforts and dedication and we are delighted to have so many pupils returning to the Sixth Form.”
He added, “The support of parents and teachers has been a very important factor and it is that combination of support alongside the ability and effort of the pupils that has helped produce such excellent results.”