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GCSE results: Northern Ireland girls continue to outperform boys

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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Ellen Farquhar 7A* 4A, Ross Blackbourne 8A* 2A and Emily Skillen 8A* 3A

Northern Ireland GCSE students continue to outshine their peers in England and Wales as figures show another improvement in exam results.

Girl students also continue to outperform boys in GCSE examinations in Northern Ireland.

On Thursday morning around 30,000 students who sat examinations set by local board CCEA finally got their results.

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There was a total of 170,348 GCSE entries in Northern Ireland this year.

The proportion of entries award A* to C grades has risen by 0.7% this year to 81.1%.

The number of students achieving the A* grade is 9.9%, a small increase of 0.4% on last year.

The amount of girls achieving A* to C grades increased by 0.9% to 85.1% while the proportion of boys achieving the same rose by 0.5% to 76.9%.

The gap between female and male performance at A*- C grades widened from 7.8% to 8.2%.

Video: Students react to GCSE results across Belfast

Justin Edwards, chief executive of the CCEA, said: “Congratulations to all students receiving their GCSE results this morning. Northern Ireland’s students have once again demonstrated good outcomes across all grades, reflecting the hard work that takes place in our schools and colleges.

"Students here continue to achieve higher outcomes in comparison to their counterparts in England and Wales.

"There are some patterns worth further analysis, such as the continued widening of the performance gap at A*-C grades between males and females.

"Subject choices remain stable with over 40% of students here now studying a STEM qualification. There were positive increases in Further Mathematics entries."

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects now account for 43% of all GCSE entries in Northern Ireland, with an increase of 2.4% on the previous year.

The number of female entries for STEM related subjects increased by 4.9%. Male entries in STEM subjects increased by 0.1%. Entries have also increased in subjects such as Drama, Construction and Business Studies.

The proportion of overall entries for languages remains stable, with a 0.2% decrease on the previous year.

This is the second year of the 9-1 grade scale offered by English based Awarding Organisations.

A small percentage of students in Northern Ireland (1.7%) will receive a 9-1 grade, with the vast majority (98.3%) of students continuing to take A* - G graded GCSEs.

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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Ellen Farquhar 7A* 4A, Ross Blackbourne 8A* 2A and Emily Skillen 8A* 3A
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Pacemaker Press 23/8/2018 Lois McNally, Agata Roter, Ciara McStravick and Rebecca Callaghan at Dominican College in Belfast as thousands of Pupils receive their GSCE results on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Pacemaker Press 23/8/2018 From L-R Martyna Zaborowska , Chantelle Wishart and Hollie Ferguson receive their results at Girls Model in Belfast in Belfast as thousands of Pupils receive their GSCE results on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Pacemaker Press 23/8/2018 Hollie English at Girls Model in Belfast in Belfast as thousands of Pupils receive their GSCE results on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Pacemaker Press 23/8/2018 From L-R Martyna Zaborowska , Chantelle Wishart and Hollie Ferguson receive their results at Girls Model in Belfast in Belfast as thousands of Pupils receive their GSCE results on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Pacemaker Press 23/8/2018 Hollie English at Girls Model in Belfast in Belfast as thousands of Pupils receive their GSCE results on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Andrew McFtridge 2A* 3A 4B C
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Matthew Hamilton A* 3A 2B 2C, and Stefan Ross 3A* 4A 3B.
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Adam Barron 4A 6B, Jack Gamble A* 4A 5B and Harry Buckley 3A 5B 2C
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Top Girls Erin McWilliam and Zoe Black both topped the scores in Ballyclare with 10A* and A. Pictured with Principal Dr Michelle Rainey
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Hannah Thompson A* A 4B 3C, Rachel Currie 2A* 5A 2B, Katie O'Neill 2A* 4A 3B and Ellen Farquhar 7A* 4A
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 23 August 2018 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day Top Girls Zoe Black and Erin McWilliam both topped the scores in Ballyclare with 10A* and A.
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Pupils getting GCSE results at Campbell College. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Pupils getting GCSE results at Campbell College. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Pupils and parents waiting for the GCSE results at Campbell College. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Pupils getting GCSE results at Campbell College. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Robyn, Archie and Amanda Johnston. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Julie, Oliver and Conrad Smyth. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan (L-R) Calum McKay and Henry Auchmuty. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'
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Press Eye - Campbell College GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018 Photograph by Declan Roughan Pupils getting GCSE results at Campbell College. STEM AND THE ARTS CONTINUE TO DELIVER 144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today to reveal a continued strength for STEM subjects with 100% of pupils achieving A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and 92% gaining an A*-C grade in Mathematics. Physics delivered 89% A*-C grades, whilst Biology and Chemistry showed 85% and 87% A* - C grades respectively. As with A Level, diversity was again apparent with arts and languages delivering strong performances. Art and Drama pupils delivered 100% A*-C grades, whilst English, Spanish and German pupils achieved 93%, 92% and 88% A*-C grades, respectively. Music and History achieved 88% and 86% A*-C. Congratulations to a number of individuals for their strong performance. Four pupils achieved a clean sheet of A*/A grades; Ross Taylor celebrated 11 A*'s, Joe Curran gained 10A*'s and 1 A, Henry Auchmuty gained 9 A*'s and 1 A and Edward Johnston received 8*A*'s and 3 A's. Commenting on the achievement Headmaster, Mr Robert Robsinon, MBE, stated, ' I am delighted to see Mathematics and Science delivering strong results and it is important to note the strength in our languages and arts. The breadth of performance demonstrates the value of an all boys educational environment - where boys are encouraged across a wide range of subjects. Congratulations to all our pupils, staff and indeed the parents for all their hard work.'