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September Certificates of Achievement

Each month, one student from every form class in Cullybackey College is selected to receive a Certificate of Achievement. This Certificate is a way of Form Teachers to reward students for their continued effort across the college. This month’s winners were awarded on Friday 30th September, and were presented with their certificate by Rev. Willans. to download the list of recipients.

Certificates of Achievement - Sept 16

Outstanding examination success for Cullybackey College students at A Level

Yet again, Sixth Form students at Cullybackey College are celebrating outstanding success in their A Level studies. Nervous students arrived at the College early on Thursday 18th August to collect their much anticipated A Level examination results. However, frowns quickly turned to smiles and cheers of celebration as they opened their results. Students in the outgoing Year 14 achieved the highest set of results witnessed by the College in the last 5 years.

College Principal, Mr David Donaldson, acknowledged this, stating, “The achievements of our students is reflective of their hard work, the hard work of their teachers and the on-going support and encouragement of their families. Success for all within the College is witnessing pupils come to the end of their time with us, having fulfilled their potential. Today we celebrate huge success.”

A Level Success 2016

Academic performance in the College continues to rise, with the proportion of students achieving 2 or more A Levels at A* to E standing at 98%. This year 78% of all entries gained a grade C or above – this is the highest performance rate in the history of the school. The proportion of students achieving 3 or more A Levels at A* to C was 45% - a significant improvement of 8% on the previous academic year.

Vice Principal, Mr Tim Manson, was keen to highlight the hard work that many students had put into their portfolios and in studying for their exams. He noted, “Many of our students have been successful this year due to their dedication, determination and resilience in preparing fully for the examination. Success requires sacrifice, and our students have been rewarded with the grades which they deserve.”

Rebecca Arbuthnot achieved 3 grade As in Psychology, Applied Science and Health and Social Care. Sarah O’Neill achieved 2 grade As in ICT and Environmental Technology (in collaboration with the NRC) and a C in Business. Michael Kerr achieved 2 grade As in RE, ICT and a C in Business.

Mr Donaldson went on to say, “We are delighted to celebrate these results with our students today and we want to wish them all the very best for the next step in their lives. Teachers and support staff have worked hard to ensure the College has fulfilled its ethos of ‘Creating Opportunities for Success’. We would also like to acknowledge the success of our students in accessing collaborative courses through Ballymena Learning Together – especially with the NRC, Slemish College and Dunclug College, where our students were supported to achieve high grades”.

Some of the other top students who achieved superb results today included: Paula Platore (ABB); Catherine Reid (ABB); Georgia Thompson (ABB); Karla Gilliland (ABB); Fiona Hosford (ABC); Jemma Stewart (BBC); Erin Lennox (BBC); Chloe Hanna (BBC); Sam Cameron (BBC); Nicola Morrow (BBC); Jemma McMaster (BCC); Lauren Arbuthnot (BCC); Rebekah Finlay (BCC); Sophie Flanagan (BCC); and Savannah Stirling (BCC).

Cullybackey College celebrates unprecedented GCSE success

Students at Cullybackey College are celebrating some of the highest GCSE results in the history of the school.

The proportion of students achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C stands at a fantastic 68%. This reflects a huge rise of 18%, compared with last year’s results and is the highest pass rate in the recent history of the school.

GCSE Success 2016

Mr D. Donaldson, the College Principal, expressed his delight, stating, “I am really pleased for our pupils, who deserve great credit for these superb results. I am equally pleased for my teaching staff, whose hard work has paid off.”

Vice Principal, Mr T. Manson, paid particular tribute to the hard work and partnership created between teachers and students. He noted many teachers had gone the extra mile with students, to encourage them to achieve their very best and had provided extra revision classes in the evenings, as well as special exam breakfasts. He said, “Our teachers today can be very satisfied that their hard work over the last two years has paid off and it is great to see them enjoying these results and celebrating the successes as much as the students.”

The College is delighted to be in the position to invite a large number of students back for Sixth Form studies. The Cullybackey College Sixth Form continues to grow in size and these excellent GCSE results build upon the successes shown by the Year 14 students who also achieved outstanding success in their exam results last week.

Mr Donaldson went on to say, “We would like to congratulate all of our Year 12 students on their success and personally I was to acknowledge my pride in the staff of the College, teaching and non-teaching, who are so dedicated in supporting all the young people of this school. I am looking forward to inviting many of our students back for A level studies and offer the remaining students our best wishes as they go on to study in other educational establishments or in the workplace. We hope that they will remember their time at Cullybackey fondly.”

Some of the top students who achieved superb results today included Steven McLeister, Jessica Clarke, Amy Wilson, Bethan Millar, Wilson Coleman, Hannah Thompson and Katie Berezhna.

February 2016 Certificates of Achievement

Well done to all pupils who were recently presented with their Certificates of Achievement for February.

Denver Thompson, Daniel Fenton, Paula Platore, Cameron Gregg, Jessica Clarke and Mikey Weir, Dennis Marks, Steven Toner, Keavy Molloy, Callie Megaw and Chloe Campbell

Abbie Lormier, Joanne Hanna, Ashley Kelly, Erin Crawford, Jay Bailey, Eduardo Mourao, Nicola Millar, Rio Foster, Alex Boucher, Ashleigh Spratt, Cerys Flynn, Megan Greer, Kyle Alexaner

Cullybackey College’s February Achievement Certificate winners

GCSE Hospitality Success

Congratulations to Alice Kennedy and Sophie McKay who were 1st and 3rd in Northern Ireland CCEA GCSE Hospitality. Well done to all those involved!

GCSE Hospitality Success

September 2015 Certificates of Achievement

Well done to all pupils who were recently presented with their Certificates of Achievement for September.

Year 8: Jakob McKernan, David Gregg, Lucy McKendry, Jean Millar, Jessica Mark
Year 9: Sarah Hanna, David Atkinson , Clio McCullough, Emma Dodds, Angel Shiels
Year 10: Chloe Brown, Caroline Boyd, Abigail McNeill, Kyle Robinson
Year 11: Scott Marcus, Morgan McNally, Kerry McClenaghan, Robbie McGaughey, Danielle McGrath
Year 12: Holly Hume, Katie Morrow, Jeannie Balmer, Stephen Boyd, Rebecca Brown
Year 13: Sophie McKay, April Connolly, Zoe McGuckin
Year 14: Aaron Young, Joel Harris

Certificates of Achievement, September 2015

September 2015 - Cullybackey College Teen Set for Rio 2016

Cullybackey College’s very own Katie Morrow in Year 12 is off to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

Katie is a member of the Ladies GB wheelchair basketball team who have qualified for the tournament after beating Spain at the recent European Wheelchair Basketball Championships at the University of Worcester Area, in September. At the tournament Katie won the trophy for Young Female Player of the Year.

Katie, aged 15 who plays for the Knights club at Antrim Forum, is the youngest member of the Ladies team and has travelled the world, visiting Beijing earlier this year with Great Britain’s Under 25 Women’s Wheelchair basketball team for the World Championships! Everyone at Cullybackey College wish Katie all the best in the upcoming games.

Katie Morrow Rio Bound

August 2015 - Cullybackey College Celebrates GCSE Success

Staff and students at Cullybackey College were able to breathe easy this week as the much anticipated GCSE results were received by the Year 12 students.

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Mr D. Donaldson, the College Principal noted: "The proportion of students to achieve 5 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C is 54% and the number of pupils to achieve 5 or more GCSEs including English and Maths has risen again for the third consecutive year, by 3% to 39%."

Vice Principal, Mr T. Manson, attributes the pupils' successes to the hard work and partnership between the staff and pupils. Extra revision classes and exam breakfasts were provided by many staff to ensure the pupils were fully prepared and able to fulfil their potential. He said, "It is great to see our students celebrating their successes alongside the staff, whose collaborative efforts over the past two years have paid off."

The College is pleased to be in the position to invite many of their students back to sixth form studies in the newly refurbished Sixth Form Centre. The Cullybackey College sixth form continues to grow in size and these GCSE results follow on from the A-level successes celebrated last week.

Mr Donaldson went on to say, "At Cullybackey College we offer a wide and modern curriculum at GCSE level and it is great to see so many students achieving the top grades. All Year 12 pupils deserve congratulations for their efforts, and we look forward to seeing many back to pursue A-level study. To the remaining students, we offer our best wishes as they go on to further study or enter the workplace. We hope that they will look back on their time at the College with pride and fond memories."

Some of the top students who achieved superb results today included Stacey McIlmoyle, Sam Barkley, Kathryn-Ann and Amy-Louise McCombe and Ethan Sloan.

August 2015 - Continued success for Cullybackey Sixth Form students

Yet again, Sixth Form students at Cullybackey College are celebrating success in their A Level studies. A mixture of joy and relief was felt as students eagerly opened their much anticipated results, with many of the Year 14 leavers achieving results to be proud of and gaining a place in their chosen university or college.

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College Principal, Mr David Donaldson noted, "We are delighted to celebrate these results with our students and we want to wish them the best for the next step in their lives. Teachers and support staff have worked hard to ensure that the school ethos has 'created opportunities for success'. We would also like to acknowledge the success of our students in accessing collaborative courses through Ballymena Learning Together – especially with the NRC and St Patrick's College, where our students were supported to get A* grades".

Performances in the College are remaining consistent, with the proportion of students to achieve 2 or more A Levels at A* to E at 97%. This year 74% of all entries gained a grade C or above, the highest in the last 3 years and the proportion of students to achieve 3 or more A Levels at A* to C was 37%. The achievements of our students are a testament to the hard work they have put in with the continued support from their teachers throughout the year.

Vice Principal, Mr Tim Manson, stated many students had succeeded across a range of subjects. James Gailey, Head Boy, achieved A grades in Geography and History with a B in Psychology. James has worked consistently hard throughout his seven years at Cullybackey and goes on to study History at Queen's University, Belfast. Ryan Kennedy and Calvin Galbraith achieved A*BC and Patrick Herbison achieved ABC.

Some of the other top students who achieved superb results today included Ruth Barkley, Rebecca Clarke, Hannah Crawford, Mark Johnston, Jayne Boland, Joanne Galloway, Jonathan Gracey, Jonathan Graham and Lynsey McQuillan.

Year 13 students have also excelled with 45% achieving 3 or more grades at C or above. This puts them into a strong position for their studies in Year 14 which should enable them to achieve the best grades possible.

May 2015 - EOTAS Success

Cullybackey College's motto is Creating Opportunities for Success and we strive to do this for every pupil who walks through our doors. Sometimes, mainstream education is not the correct place for them and EOTAS (Education other than at school) caters for their needs in a more appropriate way. Chelsea Gracey took up her place with EOTAS at the end of 2014 and has done really well, achieving all the qualifications she was entered for. All the staff at Cullybackey College are proud of how well Chelsea has done and wish her all the success for the future.

February 2014 - Success at Girlguiding awards night

At her recent Girlguiding awards night, Year 14 pupil Rachel Gillespie was awarded the Millennium Volunteers 200 Hour Award of Excellence, Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Leader Qualification, Chief Guides Challenge, Senior Section Camp Permit, and Going Away Scheme (which enables Rachel to be qualified to take away other senior section members). She has also just returned from a Regional Peer Educators training, from which she will be able to take sessions of peer pressure, social media, and health issues with her peers. She has also completed three Octant certificates (which shows high commitment in one area of our programme) - Independent Living, Community Action and Personal Values.

Rachel is now a Leader in Training with the Rainbow Section and shows great dedication to anything she sets out to do. It is not normal for one girl to achieve so much in a year - in fact it is very rare. She is also working towards her Queen's Guide Award (the highest award in guiding) and Gold Duke of Edinburgh.

Well done Rachel!

February 2014 - Celine Mitchell awarded LIFE Certificate

Click to enlarge From Monday 27th to Friday 31st of January, Celine Mitchell took part in a fire and rescue Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) course. The group took part in ladder drills, climbing high to the top floor and also did hose drills which included connecting the hose to the fire engine and turning the water on and off by calling out numerous orders.

They also experienced BA (breathing apparatus) work. This involved adorning BA equipment and being sent into a room blind-folded in a rescue mission – their aim was to find and rescue two babies!

The group also completed other drills, such as using cutting tools on cars and they also learnt about common causes of fires, including the dangers of smoking.

Towards the end of the week the group began practising for Friday when friends and family would watch them demonstrate the skills that had been learnt. They were presented with their CVs and enjoyed a speech given by their instructor.

It was a brilliant experience and was really enjoyable.

Celine Mitchell, Year 10

January 2014 - Year 12 pupils in training role for SENTINUS

Click to enlarge Year 12 pupils received a CREST award bronze level through completing training in programming robots. The year 12 pupils were trained by SENTINUS in the use of programming robots to carry out a range of movements. This enabled the students to programme the robots to follow a route along the track.

During IN-O-V8 our Year 12 pupils trained 120 P7 pupils in the use of the robots. This provided a huge leadership role for these pupils and they performed their duties flawlessly. The SENTINUS trainer was very impressed by the standard of the training provided by our students to the P7 pupils that they were invited to a primary school to further inspire more pupils.

The Year 12 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the training and their leadership role. We may even have inspired a few potential primary school teachers!

November 2013 - Brandon makes his mark with the Guards!

Click to enlarge It was far from a dog's life for Cullybackey teenager Brandon Lynn as he swept to victory as Best Cadet in the 2013 Irish Guards Military Skills competition.

The annual challenge, affectionately know as the 'Mini Micks', tests Cadets in a variety of skills including First Aid, drill, map reading, leadership, fitness, turnout, military knowledge and regimental history. The gruelling weekend at Magilligan Training Camp is one of the toughest and most memorable highlights of the Cadet year.

October 2013 - International Success for Cullybackey College Teacher

Click to enlarge Cullybackey College is benefiting from the international success of ICT teacher Paul Beattie. Having been selected for the Ireland Masters Hockey Team, Paul has played alongside international and premier league players. Indeed, a recent game against South Africa contained a few Olympians. A rigorous selection and training programme in Cork, Dublin and Belfast has kept him busy but he has still found time to coach both boys' and girls' teams at Cullybackey College.

Paul is pictured in action during the Home Nations tournament in Wakefield at the end of June.

October 2013 - Competition Success for Year 14 Geography Students

Mr C McLarenTwo Year 14 Geography students (Rebecca Nicholl and Rebekah Cubitt) have been accepted to participate in a unique event called 'Dawn Til Dusk' on Friday 18th October organised by Queens University Belfast.

The girls were in competition with other A-Level Geography students from across the province to win places for the event. They had to write a short essay outlining how attendance at this special conference would be useful for them in their studies, and whilst demand for places was high the girls were successful in being offered a spot.

They will begin with breakfast at Dawn (7.59am) in Queens University, and the day will involve a series of lectures and trips to various locations throughout Belfast (including the Belfast Hills, the City Centre, Belfast Central Station and Titanic Quarter) which are relevant to their A-Level Geography course. They will finish the day sharing pizza with the other successful applicants and lecturers from Queens.

Congratulations to both girls.

September 2013 - Texel Society Competition Success for Past Pupil

Click to enlargePast pupil Kathryn McKeown recently won £500 in a competition to produce a report on the annual management of a hill sheep flock. The assignment completed by the Agriculture Technology student was entered into a competition offered by the Texel Society.

Kathryn also had the opportunity to provide information for the local press and the complete article is included below.

My name is Kathryn McKeown and I come from Ballymena, County Antrim.
I am currently a student on the BSc (Hons) in the Agriculture Technology which is offered in the partnership between Queens University, Belfast and CAFTRE. In September 2013, I will be entering the second year of this degree programme at the Greenmount Campus.

One of the modules studied during the first year of the degree programme is Enterprise Technology. This module is delivered through a number of Student Learning Projects and during the first year of the degree, students participate in two of these projects.

Coming from a beef farm, one of the projects I selected was the Uplands Student Learning Project. This project is delivered at CAFRE's Hill Farm Development Centre, where along with other students I was responsible for assisting in the management of 100 suckler cows and 1,000 breeding ewes.

During the project we learn about the management of these enterprises and also undertake important practical tasks, for example, preparing ewes for tupping, condition scoring cows and fencing.

A busy time of year on any hill farm is the lambing season. Students taking the Uplands project were also heavily involved is this activity and on a rota basis worked in the lambing shed over a six week period. This was a busy but very beneficial and enjoyable experience.

One of the assignments for the Uplands projects was to produce a report on the annual management of a hill sheep flock. The assignments completed by the students were entered into a competition offered by the Texel Society.

My report was selected as the winner and I was fortunate to receive an award of £500 from the society.

The award was presented to me at Greenmount's Awards Day Ceremony in June by Mr Henry Gamble the present Vice-Chairman of the Texel Society. I plan to use the award to help pay my university tuition fees.

September 2013 - Congratulations to Stephanie Lennox

Click to enlargeStephanie Lennox who is an A-Level Art and Biology student has very much linked her two subjects together, as her Art work for AS Level was based on Biology. Stephanie entered 'Queens University and Cancer Research UK Schools Competition'. This involved creating a poster highlighting one of the areas of Cancer Research. Stephanie used part of her A-Level Art work to create her poster. She has been one of the entries selected and has been invited to attend a day at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queens on Friday 13th September where she will gain experience in the labs and learning techniques used in Cancer Research.

August 2013 - Hospitality Success

Click to enlargeAfter another year of excellent results from the Hospitality Department, we are delighted to hear of the individual success of Esther Blair, who was placed third in all of Northern Ireland in this GCSE examination. Well done to everyone involved!

August 2013 - Cullybackey College Examination Success

Mr C McLarenCullybackey College is rightly proud of its Year 13 and 14 students who have just received their AS and A2 results.

Outstanding performances at A2 were achieved by Jessica McCombe (A,A,A,B), Sam Linton (A*,A,C), Thomas Gordon (A,A,C), Andrew Acheson (A,B,B), Andrew Wallace (A,B,C) and Ryan Bonar (A*,B,E). We are delighted that most of our students have successfully gained entry to their chosen higher education courses.

Year 13 AS results were also a cause for celebrations with 90% success rate across all subjects.

Particular praise should be given to Rebekah Cubitt, Stephanie Lennox, Christopher McKay, Rebecca Nicholl and Lauren Finlay who achieved As and Bs in all subjects.

The results once again reflect the professional input and dedication of teaching staff and the continued support of parents. Success in exams at any level cannot be achieved without the total commitment of students, staff and parents working together towards the meeting of individually tailored targets and seeking to maximise potential. Our thanks to them all.

We would register our thanks to our partner schools in Ballymena Learning Together, in particular, Dunclug College, NRC, Slemish College and St. Patrick's College, who have hosted many of our students in their subject choices and have looked after their onsite learning and pastoral needs throughout their times of study.

The Governors, Principal and staff wish our students every success for the future.

June 2013 - Cullybackey High student sketches out road safety message

Click to enlarge Cullybackey High School student Aaron Wallace was the winner of a recent road safety poster competition and became the proud recipient of an iPad as his prize, last week.

The fifteen year old came out tops in the Northern Ireland wide competition, which was organised by PSNI Road Safety Officer Stuart Crutchley and supported by the Police and Community Safety Partnership. The competition was promoted through social media and saw young people designing a poster promoting road safety.

Constable Crutchley was delighted with the standard of entries:
"It was great to see young people becoming interested in road safety issues through this competition and social media. To date this year over 20 people have lost their lives and many more have been seriously injured in road traffic collisions across Northern Ireland. So it is really important to get the road safety message across to our young people and engage with them through competitions like this one.

Constable Crutchley continued:
"Aaron did really well interpreting this message through his poster and I hope he enjoys his iPad. Mr Young, his acting Principal, has advised him to do some revision on his iPad over the summer holidays, but I'll leave it up to him whether or not to heed that advice!"

The competition was organised by Road Policing, based in Londonderry and supported by Derry Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP). Londonderry PCSP Manager Dermot Harrigan commented: "Derry PCSP was delighted to work with our partners in emergency services to get the message of safe driving home to our older teenagers. The quality of submissions for the competition was of a very high standard and we would like to congratulate Aaron and hope he enjoys his iPad."

April 2013 - Pearson Teaching Awards

Mr C McLarenMr McLaren of Cullybackey High School has been awarded a Commendation by the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards. The Pearson Teaching Awards points out that exceptional teachers make all the difference; whether they inspire a love of a particular subject or encourage youngsters to develop in confidence and gain their full potential, the influence of a great teacher can last a lifetime. Mr McLaren was nominated by students of the school who wished to see him rewarded for his enthusiasm, commitment to them and to his subject – History – and for his willingness to 'go the extra mile'. History is a most popular 'A' level course in the school following on from a 100% success at A* - C at GCSE – an outstanding statistic reflecting the enthusiasm and hard work displayed by staff and students in the History department.

April 2013: Marketing student Christopher attains excellence award

Past pupil Christopher Shannon is among nine marketing students who have been recognised for achieving academic success while studying at the University of Ulster. He received the Best Overall First Year Student title at the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy's Marketing Excellence Awards. Click here to read more.

Results 2012

Jemma Tweed - 3rd Place in GCSE Hospitality

We were delighted to hear of the success of Jemma Tweed in her GCSE Hospitality Examination. Jemma was placed third in all of Northern Ireland in this examination. She is continuing her studies at the school, following courses in ICT, Biology and Business Studies.

A-Level Results 2012 - Press Release

The Governors, Headmaster and staff of Cullybackey High School are delighted with the A2 achievements of their students who have now come to the end of seven years positive engagement with the School.

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The headline figures are that 87% of our students achieved 3 A2 grades at A* - C, while every student achieved 3 A2 grades between A* - E. While congratulating all our students we feel it fitting to draw attention to a few outstanding successes. Hannah Gillespie achieved an A* and two As; Jeremy Leung an A*, an A and a B; Thomas Toner and Sarah Coulter each achieved two As and a B; Danielle Kinkaid an A, B and C, while Charlotte Scullion and Kathryn McKeown each received 3 Bs. A further eight students received 2Bs and a C. One of our students David Reid achieved a Distinction* (equivalent to a A2 A*) in the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and we would like to register our thanks to the staff of St. Patrick's College who facilitated David as he undertook this programme of study and to the NRC and other schools which form part of the Ballymena Learning Together consortium.

On a departmental basis all subjects achieved 100% success at grades A* - E, while success at A* - C has been recorded as 100% in Accounting, 100% in Biology, 88% in Health and Social Care and 94% in Information Technology.

AS results have also been most encouraging with Jessica McCombe achieving 3As and a B; Andrew Atcheson 2As and a B; Andrew Wallace an A, B and C, Thomas Gordon and Emma Gregg 3 Bs.

This level of success is the result of a partnership involving school, parents and young people and we cannot stress strongly enough that this shared responsibility, positive engagement and strong pastoral support (considered 'outstanding' in a recent ETI inspection) have created the ethos which allows us to stand by our stated aim of 'Creating Opportunities for Success'.

GCSE Results 2012 - Press Release

Cullybackey High School is rightly proud of its fifth year students who have just received their GCSE and other examination results.

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Outstanding performances were achieved by twins Stephanie and Gemma Lennox, Andrea Neill, Emma Patton, Catherine Watson, Hannah Gilmore and Kelly Ashfield. Not to be out done, some male students also achieved a wide range of success in the top grades; notably Alastair Davidson, Joshua Fenton, Jordan McBurney, Justin Mark and Trevor Holmes.

All but one student achieved grades A* - C in Art and Design, Construction, French, Hospitality and ICT, while subjects achieving 100% A* – C grades were English Literature, History, Child Development and full course RE, 63% of students achieved success at A* – C with 99% achieving success at A* - G. 31.3% of our students achieved 7 subject passes at A* - C including English and Maths with 54.2% achieving 5 subject passes at A* - C. The percentage of those achieving 5 subjects passes at A* - C including English and Maths showed a 7% increase on last year.

19 Students attended the NRC for a range of vocational qualifications examined by CCEA under the Occupations Studies planner. All achieved success with 13 receiving the highest level of success (level 2, equivalent to a B at GCSE) 5 at Level One and one achieving first skills success.

All students are entered for Key Skills ICT and all achieved success. A small number of students had been studying for BTEC level 2 Extended Certificates, Jessica Byers received a distinction* in Horse Care with Maisie McClenaghan and Vicki Kilgore passing with merit. Jessica Reid also received distinction* in Agriculture.

The results once again reflect the professional input and dedication of teaching staff and the continued support of parents. Success in exams at any level cannot be achieved without the total commitment of pupils, staff and parents and the combined outstanding pastoral care for which the school is renowned.

Sixty of our most successful students are returning to sixth form in Cullybackey High School, some to other schools in the Ballymena area, some to the NRC and others to training and employment.

Whatever the students choose the Governors, Headmaster and staff wish them every success in the future.

2011: Pamela McBurney - 3rd Place in GCSE Hospitality

Click to enlarge We were delighted to hear of the success of Pamela McBurney in her GCSE Hospitality Examination. Pamela was placed third in all of Northern Ireland in this examination. She is continuing her studies at the school, following courses in Health & Social Studies and Home Economics (in collaboration with Dunclug College).

2011 A Level Exam Success

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Sixth form students from Cullybackey High School received their A2/AS results with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Happily almost all students gained the grades necessary to go on to their preferred University course, their work placement or their return to Upper Sixth.

Staff and pupils were delighted with the quality of the grades received. 96% and 97% of entries achieved grades at A* to E in AS and A2 level respectively.

At AS level outstanding results were achieved in Biology and R.E. with 100% of pupils achieving C grade or above. A special mention to Hannah Gillespie who gained 3 A grades in her AS levels. Seven subjects gained 70% of results at Grade C or better.

At A2 level candidates gained excellent results with 64% of all grades being at C or better. Health and Social Care recorded over 80% of grades at C or above.

Outstanding individual results were recorded by Naomi Fenton 2A*, 1A and Cherith Fenton 1A*, 2A. Jade Allen, Barry Clarke, Charmaine Glover, Steven Henry, Paula Kernohan, Lynsey McCrystal, Alison Rodgers and Christopher Shannon all achieved 3 high grade results and must also be congratulated.

Once again these excellent results are a credit to the quality of teaching, sustained effort of pupils and the encouragement of parents. It is most pleasing to see these young people achieve such creditable results in a non selective school and it must be encouraging and motivating to young people disappointed at transfer to realise that with sustained effort they too can still achieve to the highest level.

2011 GCSE Exam Success

Cullybackey High School is pleased with the results at GCSE level. There were a number of excellent individual performances, the best of which was that of Jessica McCombe, last year's head girl, who gained 6A* and 3A grades. Other high performers were Andrew Atcheson 2A*, 4A and 3B, Kathy Ewart, 7A, 1B, Thomas Gordon 1A*, 3A, 4B, 1C, Emma Gregg 2A*, 5A, 2B and Pamela McBurney 3A, 5B, 1C.

On a departmental basis the outstanding performance was in History where all 36 students gained A* to C grades. Home Economics (Child Development) Hospitality and Catering, ICT and Motor Vehicle Studies all had pass rates of 90% or above at A*-C.

The teaching staff, pupils and parents are to be congratulated on these excellent performances which open doors to study at A levels in Cullybackey High School, other post 16 schools, the Northern Regional College or the world of work.

Once again the team work of dedicated teachers and motivated students has brought about an excellent standard of success at GCSE level. A strong correlation exists between excellence in attendance, attitude, aptitude and positive relationships with staff and high achievements. This is proof that the school's aim of 'creating opportunity for success' is being fulfilled.

NRC Engineering - Concord Cup

Congratulations to Owen Wilson, a past pupil who left us in 2009 to continue studies at Northern Regional College (NRC). He has been awarded the Concord Cup by the NRC Engineering Department for Best Student Achievement. He has also been awarded first place in Northern Ireland in Industrial Electronics Skills and represented Northern Ireland in the UK finals.

Former Cullybackey High Student Is Awarded JP McManus Scholarship

Ryan Young studied his GCSEs at Cullybackey High School and enrolled on the BTEC National Diploma Construction Course in NRC's Farm Lodge campus in September 2008.

Ryan showed total commitment to his studies and achieved Distinctions across all his subjects.

Ryan has been awarded the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship this year to help with his studies in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Ulster Jordanstown. The Scholarship was awarded at a prestigious ceremony at The Concert Hall, University of Limerick on the 6th November.

2010 GCSE Success

Congratulations to the Technology and Home Economics Departments on their examination success. Thomas Toner was 1st overall in NI in his GCSE Construction examination and Gareth Gault was 2nd overall in NI in his GCSE Hospitality examination. Both boys are continuing their studies at CHS.

GCSE Results Press Release

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Top Results

Hannah Gillespie - 6A*, 1A, 1C
Thomas Toner - 4A*, 4A, C
Ileanna McDowell - 3A*, 3A, 1B, 1C
Sarah Coulter - 2A*, 4A, 1B, 1C

Past Pupil University Success

Houston Reid - BSc First Class Computing with Business
Stephen Caldwell - BSc 2:1 Computing with Business
Charlene McFetridge - BSc First Class Psychology
Dianne McMaster - BSc 2:1 Psychology
Jayne Simpson - BSc 2:1 Business with Accounting
Vicki Anderson - BSc Bio Medical Science

Houston Reid - ecoTent

Houston Reid – Left CHS 2006
Double Award Applied Business and ICT

Eco-friendly graduate Houston Reid, who receives his BSc degree this afternoon at the Coleraine campus, practices what he preaches. He and three university friends are working flat out on an idea triggered by the amount of waste left by people at festivals.

"We have developed the idea of producing an environmentally-friendly tent aimed specifically towards music festivals," Houston says. "We recognised a major problem in this industry and have worked together closely to develop a possible solution."

Their 'ecoTent' is fully biodegradable and can be left behind at venues and, so, remedy the problem of abandoned polythene tents.

"It's hard to believe but people are leaving their tents behind at festivals," says Houston (22), from Ahoghill in Co Antrim. "We carried out research and found that 15,000 tents were left behind at Glastonbury in 2007."

In the 2010 Enterprise Ireland Student Enterprise Awards, ecoTent picked up the 'Most Technologically Innovative Idea Award' (sponsored by Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys) of €7,500 plus €20,000 worth of consultancy.

Houston said: "We are developing a prototype eco-tent that can be left behind for compost or just safely disintegrate in to the soil."

Three of the team receive degrees at Ulster this week. Houston and Stephen Caldwell will be conferred BSc Hons in Computing with Business, while Jonathon Garland graduates in Business and Terri O'Kane will complete her degree next year.

"We are in the process of establishing a limited liability partnership and the concept is being patented. What's needed now is an investor to fund research and testing. We will spend the rest of the summer on the project before we get full time jobs. But even then we will be keeping it on the boil to make sure we are eventually able to bring it to the production stage."