In Glengormley High School, our focus is always upon the wellbeing of each of our pupils. If pupils don’t feel safe, secure and valued when in school, then learning is negatively impacted. Aside to this, we are also very aware that our pupils are entering into a highly competitive market for university places and jobs. It is therefore important for us to help get them the grades needed to progress in their next stage in life.
The quality of our education can be evidenced through our GCSE examination data. Each year, when pupils in Year 12 complete their GCSE qualifications, the Department of Education publishes performance data for all schools. Two of the most important pieces of GCSE performance data are:
1. The percentage of pupils in Year 12 who achieve grades A*-C in at least 5 subjects. In August 2020, 98% of pupils in Year 12 at Glengormley High School achieved 5 or more grades A*-C. This is well above the Northern Ireland Average for similar schools.
2. The second piece of data is similar, but yet very different. It looks at the percentage of pupils in Year 12 who achieve grades A*-C in GCSE Maths, GCSE English AND 3 other GCSEs. This figure is most often much lower because GCSE English and Maths are often regarded as more difficult to achieve a pass in. It is quite normal for a child to achieve a Grade A*-C in English, but struggle to get the pass in Maths and vice-versa.
In August 2020, 63% of Year 12 pupils in Glengormley High School achieved grades A*-C in English, Maths and at least 3 other GCSE subjects. Again, this is well above the Northern Ireland Average for similar schools.