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Top Of The Class

Deputy Mayor of North Down, Councillor Diana Peacocke has spoken of her delight at the continued high standard of GCSE, AS and A2 level results in the borough. Speaking after the results were released in the last week, she said:

"I am delighted with the news that Northern Ireland's exam entrants have again exceeded their English and Welsh counterparts. It is a sign of both dedicated students and hard working staff.

"I am aware that the percentage of entries achieving A grades at A level has risen to 32.4%. This is an encouraging sign for Northern Ireland's future in many fields.

"Likewise at GCSE local students have achieved consistent high results across a variety of subject areas. Almost a quarter of pupils in Northern Ireland got A or A-star grades compared to a fifth elsewhere.

"North Down's academic institutions have again proved that the education provided here is among the best in Northern Ireland, and indeed the UK. I want to extend my congratulations to all pupils and staff on their excellent achievements, and wish them the best of luck in their future careers and studies.

"The education services have had to cope with much in this last year, with funding cuts hitting hard across Northern Ireland. Yet, despite the bureaucratic difficulties, our students are still top of the class.

"I wish everyone a safe return to school, and hope that pupils in North Down schools can build on their previous successes in the coming academic year."

posted by Cllr. D. Peacocke @ 1:36 PM,

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