Education Authority Chairperson Sharon O’Connor congratulated the thousands of pupils across Northern Ireland who received their GCSE results today.
Speaking at a visit to Ashfield Girl’s High School in East Belfast, Ms O’Connor said,
“I am delighted to see the continued improvement in the GCSE grades this year. These results are not achieved in isolation. They require hard work from pupils as well as support from family, friends, teachers, and school staff. I congratulate and thank everyone involved for supporting our young people, enabling them to achieve this level of success.”
“For many young people, GCSEs are the first educational milestone in their lives and are a crucial platform to further academic study, vocational education or into the workplace and training. I wish each and every young person the very best, whichever pathway they choose.”
Ms O’Connor and Chief Executive, Gavin Boyd met with Ashfield Girls’ High School principal Mrs Alison Mungavin and spoke with teachers, parents and students who were opening the all-important envelope today.
Chief Executive, Gavin Boyd added,
“Today is a day for celebration. The atmosphere at Ashfield Girls High School is a mixture of excitement, positivity, and anticipation, with some nerves. For every one of these young people, this is another milestone in their journey through life.”
“I recognise that there will also be some disappointment for those who did not get the grades they had expected. I encourage you to make contact with the advisory services available today and to speak to your teachers. There are many options open to you in school, further education, training or employment. Look to the future with positivity, this is just the beginning of the next chapter for you and I wish you all the best for the future.”
Below Photograph: Education Authority Chairperson Sharon O’Connor and Chief Executive Gavin Boyd congratulate Ashfield Girls’ High School pupils Taylor Gilmore, Jade Stone and Jessica Wang on their GCSE results. They will be returning to the East Belfast school to study A’ Levels next month. Also pictured, right, is Ashfield Girls’ HS principal Mrs Alison Mungavin.