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BackAnother strong performance at A-Level for sixth form students at Laurelhill

Another strong performance at A-Level for sixth form students at Laurelhill following some of the most difficult circumstances due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. In spite of this, sixth form students rose to the challenge and have achieved outstanding results. 97% of our students achieved three A-levels, of which 76.5% gained 3 grades at A*- C. Principal, Mr J Martin, was full of admiration for a year group which have had to cope with so much disruption due to the COVID pandemic. ‘I am so pleased with the resilience, tenacity and fortitude our young people have shown through extenuating circumstances. I know the skills learned and the character displayed will be a firm foundation moving forward. To the CLASS 2021 we wish every single student every success in university, college, training programme, apprenticeship or employment. Well done and stay in touch.’

Many students in Year 14 attained outstanding results including, Leah Gamble who achieved an A* in Business Studies, an A in Health and Social Care and a Distinction in Travel and Tourism. Leah leaves Laurelhill to study Interactive Design at Ulster University. James Warren also achieved a fantastic set of A-Level results gaining an A* in Business Studies, an A in IT and a Distinction in Engineering. Bobby Seawright achieved an A in Health and Social Care, B in ICT and a Distinction* in Performing Arts. Gemma-Lee Mercer leaves with two As and one B in Health and Social Care and ICT to commence her studies in Nursing at Queen’s. Rebecca Reid achieved two Bs in Health and Social Care and a Distinction in Travel and Tourism and begins Nursing at Ulster University. Other results to note from students who joined Laurelhill for Sixth Form are Ashley Green and Kirsten Leathem. Ashley celebrated today with an A* in Business Studies, A in English Literature and a B in Health and Social Care. Ashley looks forward to commencing her studies at the University of Strathclyde. Kirsten Leathem was delighted with her results achieving an A* in Business Studies and two Bs in Health and Social Care and History. Kirsten is hoping to study Human Resources at Ulster University.

The College also celebrates another year of success in Child Care Education (CACHE) with student Brooke Kelly achieving triple A grades in the extended diploma. Congratulations also to Phoenix Wylie who achieved triple B grades and is now in full time employment with Clearly Kids. We wish all CACHE students every success in their future careers.

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs K Stewart, congratulated and celebrated with students today, ‘Congratulations Year 14! You really should be proud of yourselves. You have coped with the impact of the pandemic upon you admirably; whilst your entire 6th form experience was compromised, especially your 'Upper 6th'. Your moment to shine as stars of the football team, stage and prefecture has been significantly reduced, yet you've all worked hard under ever moving goal posts and done the best you can. Your achievements should be held in the highest regard as you've largely had to do this all yourselves, often without the normal reassurance, cajoling, support, encouragement and individual tuition most 6th form receive from teaching staff in the classroom. Your resilience and adaptability have been inspiring and these skills and experiences and achievements will stand you in good stead for the future.’

Reflecting on a very successful day, Mr Martin thanked parents for their continued support and the strongly committed teaching staff within the college to help students realise their potential.