Top GCSE Students in NI

    Best GCSE Irish students in Northern Ireland


    St. Joseph’s Grammar School/Scoil Iósaef is again celebrating academic success at the highest level for the third year in a row.

    Seven Year 10 Irish Medium Students have been recognised for achieving academic excellence in their public exams. CCEA, Northern Ireland’s examination authority, have informed the school that seven of our students share the top three places in NI.

    For the third year in a row, a student in Scoil Iósaef has been awarded the top place with full raw marks. Sorcha (a past pupil of Gaelscoil Uí Néill) was awarded 1st place. Eva, Niamh, Cora and Niamh shared 2nd place and both Grace and John Paul share 3rd place. All Year 10 Irish Medium students excelled at GCSE Irish in the summer with 100% A*/A. 74% of the group achieved A*. The success of our students ensures that St. Joseph’s/Scoil Iósaef remains a ‘centre of excellence’ for Irish and Irish Medium Education in the Mid-Ulster area.

    Not only did St Joseph’s claim top place in GCSE Irish but two of our pupils were recognised for their outstanding performance in their GCSE English Literature and GCSE Digital Technology with Programming.



    (Mrs Geraldine Donnelly, Sorcha (Top student in GCSE Irish in Northern Ireland), Ms Siobhan Hughes (Irish Teacher)



    Naoimh (a past pupil of St John’s PS Kingsisland) was awarded first place in GCSE English Literature. The course involves the study of prose, poetry and Drama and helps develop pupils’ powers of analysis and critique. Naoimh has a natural flair and talent in the subject so it was no surprise when Naoimh was awarded full uniform marks in her GCSE English Literature. Our English department are very proud of all of our students who achieved 100% A*-C in both Literature and Language.



    (Students from Scoil Iósaef who were placed first, second and third in GCSE Irish pictured with their teachers Mr Seán Turner and Ms Siobhan Hughes.  All pictured is Head of Irish and IMS Mr Dessie Tennyson)


    For Naoimh to be further acknowledged as the top student in Northern Ireland is a huge achievement and testament to her talent and hard work.

    Grace (a past pupil of Primate Dixon Primary School) was awarded third place overall in NI in GCSE Digital Technology Programming Course. She obtained full marks in both her Unit 1 theory exam and Unit 3 Programming Controlled Assessment task. This is an incredible achievement as the Programming course is a huge departure from the Legacy ICT course and the level of content is akin to AS Level Computing.



    (Grace who was awarded third place in NI in GCSE Digital Technology and Programming pictured with ICT teacher Mrs Edel Hughes and Head of ICT Mrs Domincia Dolan)


    Sorcha and Naoimh will receive their awards at CCEA’s annual award ceremony in December in the Titanic building in Belfast.

    We are immensely proud of our students and commend them, their parents and their teachers for their hard work and commitment.



    (Mrs Claire Hanna (Head of English), Naoimh top GCSE English student in Northern Ireland pictured with proud Principal Mrs Geraldine Donnelly)

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