We are celebrating outstanding success at A Level once again. With 96.5% of the students achieving A*-C at A2, we are undoubtedly securing a top position amongst grammar schools, having been the top performing school in Northern Ireland for the last three years.
Whilst the whole school performance is outstanding, it is the individual stories that are most rewarding for the school. Having achieved 3 A*s and an A, in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics, A Level student Shusma Balaji has secured her place in Cambridge university this year to study engineering. Carmen Bascones, having moved from Spain to Northern Ireland to begin her A Level studies in St Dominic's, is also celebrating achieving her A* and 2 As.
Also celebrating her success today was Darcy McIlroy who gained three A*s in Art, History and Politics. It would appear that success in the Arts and STEM subjects is readily available for the girls of St Dominic's.
The school's performance has been headline news for the last five years, where the percentage of students achieving A*-C has been on an upwards trajectory from 88% in 2010 to 95% in 2016; an impressive achievement since the school has one of the highest FSME entitlements amongst Northern Ireland grammar schools.
Whilst St Dominic's is one of the top performing in the country, some of its individual students have also put themselves in the running for top position in their individual subjects. Katrina McDaniel achieved full marks in her English Literature. She is celebrating alongside Ciara Wilson who also achieved full marks in her Art and Design A Level, making her one of the top Art and Design students in Northern Ireland.
Mrs McCann, the school's Principal attributes the school's continuing success to the unfailing commitment of the staff, students, partner primary schools and Board of Governors. Today, she paid particular tribute to the staff who always go the extra mile for their students. They continually strive to nurture the development of students and foster a learning culture that provides opportunities for success for every individual student.
Notwithstanding the excellent results, St Dominic's prides itself on offering a holistic education that offers so much more than academic results. These outstanding results are the firm building block in developing young women as leaders and which will enable them to hold influential positions across society, like so many of its previous alma mater.