Educational excellence on offer at Castlederg High


Top GCSE prize-winners with Ulster Rugby captain Rory Best. Amy Kee achieved one A*, five A, one B, two C and Jack Lowry two A*, three A, two B, two C grades.

THE principal and staff of Castlederg High School cordially invite Primary Six and Seven pupils, prospective Sixth Form pupils and their parents to join them at the school’s Open Night on Wednesday, January 21, starting at 7.15pm.

The primary aim of the school is to enable pupils and staff to work together in the pursuit of all aspects of educational excellence within a wellordered and caring environment.

Currently Castlederg High School draws its pupils from the town of Castlederg, as well as Ardstraw, Newtownstewart, Sion Mills, Plumbridge, Drumquin, Gortin, Kesh, Killen and the local surrounding areas. The school openly welcome pupils from all sections of the community.


Vice principal Simon Mowbray with Janice Nelson, Sophia McGonigle Abigail Peek who achieved outstanding results in their four A2 subjects. Janice Nelson achieved two A*s and two Bs and is taking a gap year. Sophia McGonigle achieved two A*s, one A and one B and is studying Radiotherapy and Oncology at the University of Ulster. Abigail Peek achieved an A*and three As and is studying Mathematics at Queen’s University.

In a recent ETI school inspection the quality of educational provision for learning in Castlederg High School was determined to be ‘very good’. The school has always prided itself on providing very good care, careers guidance, support and curricular provision.

This assertion was clearly evidenced by the inspection findings. In terms of attainment, over the last three years the proportion of pupils achieving five of more GCSE grades at A*-C has been 78 per-cent, 16 per-cent above the NI average. Last year the pass rate was 85 percent.

It is unsurprising therefore that a number of pupils from Castlederg High School achieved the accolade of being the top performers at GCSE within the whole of Northern Ireland in a range of subjects. Indeed in 2014, the school was able to boast the top four pupils in NI in GCSE Leisure and Tourism and the top two pupils in GCSE Manufacturing.

At A level the results were equally impressive. 58√per-cent of pupils achieved three A Levels at Grades A*-C, approximately 13 per-cent above the NI average. The accomplishments of the school is reflected in both the academic success, extra curricular achievements, particularly on the sports field and music stage and also in the high quality of pastoral care and support provided to all learners.

Mr Mowbray, vice principal comments, “Castlederg High School has performed consistently well when measured against similar schools province wide, with results over the last five years being particularly pleasing.

“Our staff is extremely dedicated and continually evaluate their teaching practices and strive to develop positive strategies to improve the experiences and outcomes of our pupils. We have no doubt this will ensure continued success in the foreseeable future.”

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