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Newtown High School tops schools’ league tables

News that Newtownhamilton High School has topped the recently published GCSE league tables for non-selective state-controlled schools has delighted headmaster Neil Megaw, his staff and pupils.

The Irish News annual publication of GCSE league tables has identified the school the top non-selective controlled school in Northern Ireland for 2015/16.  The results are based on the number of pupils gaining 5 GCSE grades at A*-C, including GCSE English and Maths.

Reacting to the news, Newtownhamilton High Principal, Neil Megaw said the statistics “once again prove that Newtownhamilton High School can compete with the very best non-selective schools in the province.  Our smaller class sizes have contributed significantly to the high quality teaching and learning which is provided by our enthusiastic and dedicated staff.

“While we are delighted with our placing in these latest league tables, it is important to stress that this is not a one-year wonder and that we have been consistently performing exceptionally well over the past 10 years. In fact, our current three year average is 20% above the Northern Ireland average for similar type schools,” he said.

The class of 2016 at Newtownhamilton High which has been recognised as the Top Controlled Non-Selective School in Northern Ireland.

Paying tribute to staff and students, he added: “I have always said that the success of any school depends on staff, parents and pupils all working in partnership.  Yes, there were a few challenging moments along the way but collectively the class of 2016 produced an outstanding set of exam results and therefore I pay tribute to everyone involved in this achievement.”

Ulster Unionist Party Councillor David Taylor offered his warm congratulations to the school on its achievement: “Newtownhamilton High School is very highly regarded within the local community and their achievement of being identified as the Top Non-Selective Controlled School is testament to the high quality standard of education provided at the school,” he said.

“I want to pay tribute to the Principal, Neil Megaw and his extremely hard working staff and indeed all the pupils and parents associated with the school on this success. They should all be very proud of this significant achievement.”

Newtownhamilton High Principal Neil Megaw and Vice Principal Andrew Cousins analyse the GCSE league tables with Year 10 pupils (pictured left to right) Aaron McKee, Philip Nicholl, Amber Lucas and Chloe Honeyman.