Slideshow: Efforts rewarded at Parkhall

Pupils at Parkhall Integrated College have been recognised for their achievements at the annual prize giving evening.

The College held its annual awards ceremony on Thursday, October 24 at the Junior School campus with over 400 pupils, parents and guests attending the event.

Year 9 Junior Class Prizewinners:  Ellie Murdock, Taylor Lynn, Faye Rutherford, Reece Chan, Stuart Cooper, Kirsty Spence, Joann Walsh Atkinson. INBT 44- PARKHALL PRIZE 2

Year 9 Junior Class Prizewinners: Ellie Murdock, Taylor Lynn, Faye Rutherford, Reece Chan, Stuart Cooper, Kirsty Spence, Joann Walsh Atkinson. INBT 44- PARKHALL PRIZE 2

They were joined by special guest, Tony Mcauley, author, broadcaster and peace builder.

In his Annual Report, Mr George Beattie, Principal, outlined how the College had been able to recognise and reward success at many levels in the past year in terms of academic achievements, vocational experiences, extra curricular opportunities and personal qualities and attributes which reflected the values and ethos of the school.

The principal highlighted his delight at the progress being made on the new school build as the construction stage of the new £16 million pound building begins and looked forward to September 2017 when the new build would be completed.

He also highlighted the excellent results at GCSE level with A* or A grades being gained in 10 different subjects and praised the number of young people who had been awarded excellent GCSE A*-C grades. 2014-201 has been a record breaking year in terms of GCSE success at all levels. We attained our highest ever number of students gaining 10 or 9 A*-C GCSE grades.

It was the highest performance ever in terms of 7 A*-C GCSE grades. Every pupil left with at least 1 GCSE grade and 82.7% of our pupils left with at least 5 A*-C GCSE grades.

Acknowledging the pupils’ successes, he also identified the important role that the staff, both teaching and support staff had played, particularly in ensuring that the curriculum meets the needs of all of the individual pupils.

He also commended the parents for their part in this process and thanked them for their continued support.

The extensive range of additional opportunities outside the classroom was identified, both sporting and extra curricular and the subsequent successes were recognised in art, sport, STEM, music and charity work amongst many others.