Our Lady’s celebrate top rating

June 19, 2012

By Christine Keighery

A poll based on Northern Ireland schools’ A Level achievements placed Our Lady’s Grammar, Newry in an impressive third place with 91 per cent of pupils attaining three or more A Levels and 97 per cent of pupils gaining seven or more GCSEs at grades A to C. Our Lady’s has consistently featured in the top five grammars ranked by A Level exam grades.

Ms Geraldine Pettigrew, Principal of Our Lady’s, expressed her delight at the fact that last year’s superb A Level and GCSE results meant that the school had attained such a strong position among Grammar Schools in Northern Ireland. She commented:

“There are more than 70 Grammar Schools in Northern Ireland and I am delighted that the pupils of Our Lady’s have once again achieved such notable academic success. We have topped the list on several occasions and are consistently in the top five; such a sustained high level of achievement is thanks, in no small measure, to the remarkable dedication and excellent endeavour of the students and of their teachers.

“Indeed, all in Our Lady’s strive to nurture and support the pupils in every way that they can so that each girl can achieve her own individual potential in every sphere, extra-curricular as well as curricular, and grow in mind and in spirit throughout her school career. Important though examination grades are – that, we feel, is the truer, deeper and more important measure of our school’s success.

“We are deeply appreciative of the unfailing support given by parents and families and the outstanding local Primary Schools who send their pupils to us.”

Referring to the school’s upcoming 125th Anniversary, the proud principal said,

“On the 21st November 2012, we will be beginning a year of celebration to mark the 125th Anniversary of the founding of Our Lady’s by the Sisters of Mercy, and it is lovely to feel that we are building for the future upon the strong foundations of the past. Congratulations to all of the young people of Newry, South Armagh and South Down upon their wonderful achievements.”