15th August 2019

I am delighted with the significantly increased number of our students have attained three A*-C grades in their A-levels. There has also been an impressive number of Year 14 pupils who have achieved at least three straight A*-A grades. I am also delighted to see many of our leavers achieving A* and A grades in highly demanding courses, reaping the rewards of two years of intensive study.

I am also very pleased to see how of our Year 13 students have achieved top marks in their AS-level modules. These young men have now put in place the foundations that will enable them to challenge for the highest grades in next year’s A-level examinations.  

I believe that this year’s results reflect our success in matching our pupils’ academic ability, talents and interests to the most appropriate A-level options. In doing so our boys have been enabled to access their chosen third level course pathway.  

This success has not happened by accident; it is the culmination of a lot of hard work, undertaken by many different individuals. First and foremost, I want to congratulate all those pupils who have worked so hard during their time with us and who have deservedly achieved the grades they need in order to embark upon the next exciting stage of their career.   We are very proud of these young men and wish them every success in the future. 

I would also like to thank my colleagues here in St Columb’s; they have contributed so much to our pupils’ academic and personal development - providing excellent teaching and learning opportunities alongside high-quality pastoral support. I know that they have worked tirelessly to motivate and challenge our boys; I can clearly see that the fruits of their labours are evident in today’s results. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support that our boys receive from their parents and families. I know that the strong links that St Columb’s forges with its parents have helped to create a framework that enables our pupils to achieve their potential. 

Whilst I am delighted with the outstanding results achieved by so many of our pupils, I am conscious that some of our boys may be disappointed by their grades. I would urge any pupil who has not achieved the results that he hoped for not to lose heart but rather to work with our Careers Team so that we can identify high-quality alternative pathways for him.

Finally, I would like to thank the other schools and educational institutions that make up the Foyle Learning Community. They assisted with the delivery of different courses for our Sixth Formers, courses where they have achieved success. Equally, I thank those pupils from other schools, both male and female, who chose to study one of their subjects here and congratulate them on their success. 

FJM Madden


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