A Level Success 2018

St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls A Level results August 2018
Like all students across Northern Ireland, Thursday morning was the moment the girls of St Dominic’s had waited for all summer: A-level results day. And, once again, there were scenes of joyous celebration in the school’s car park as students streamed out, one after the other, clutching brown envelopes in shaking hands, each equally delighted with their success in their A Level examinations.
Judging from the school’s outstanding success this year, it is no doubt that St Dominic’s are once again, amongst the top achieving schools in the country, having held first position for four years in a row. An impressive 50% of the grades are A*-A and 86% of all grades achieved are A*-B; both figures an improvement on last year’s performance. 98.2% of all grades achieved were A*-C and 94.5% of pupils achieved at least three A levels at grades A*-C, which outshines the Northern Ireland average. 
Perhaps because St Dominic’s is not an average school. St Dominic’s is not just about sitting behind desks preparing for exams. St Dominic’s girls do not only benefit from a personalised, academically strong curriculum but also a robust enrichment programme which is designed to enable them to develop into courageous, independent-minded and resilient young women; fully equipped to lead fulfilling and successful lives in this fast-changing world. Unsurprisingly, highly achieving students in the school attribute their success to the impressive range of extra-curricular opportunities afforded to them by a generous and hard-working staff who go the extra mile to provide unique experiences for their students. Take for example, the five students involved in the Erasmus Programme which involves working in collaboration with two European schools as part of a three year ‘Erasmus Plus’ project funded by the European Union, they are amongst the top achieving students in the year.  
There is also Amy Hookings who achieved four A* in her A2 exams, who is going off to study medicine, a significant achievement in itself but all the more impressive when coupled with Amy’s double success of having secured a place on the Rank Foundation. This means that she receives a bursary and entrepreneurial apprenticeships in leading UK companies. She will be joined in her study of medicine with fellow Head Girl Nicole Beattie who achieved three As. 
Year 13 Cliodhna mc Caffrey’s achievement is also worthy of note. Cliodhna is the West Belfast Youth Parliament Representative. Achieving three As in her AS Levels is proof the she is not only a much needed voice for young people but she is also a fine example to her peers of what hard work and sheer determination can produce whilst juggling a demanding school life with a busy political career!
If there is not something in the air at St Dominic’s, there is certainly something in the genes. The Sister Act, twins Amy and Megan Wilkinson who wowed everyone two years ago when they achieved 10 A* each at GCSE have continued their ‘double act’ and achieved four A*s each at A2. Cousins, Claire Tucker and Beth Collins are keeping success in the family too through their respective achievement of an A and two Bs and two As and a B in their A Levels.
Michelle Magee also excels beyond the classroom, as far as Australia in fact. Michelle Magee competed in the Commonwealth Games in Australia for Netball Team Northern Ireland in April, before heading home to complete her A-levels. Not only was she Northern Ireland's youngest netballer on the team which came 7th, Michelle managed to devote an incredible amount of time to training, travelling and competing, she also achieved 3 As in her A Levels.
It is not just the individual success of students that the school is enormously proud of however, but also the success of all the departments in the school who provide a first class experience. 88% A* - A grades spells success in any language, which is exactly what the students in the Irish Department achieved this year, whilst Art students created an equally brilliant picture with 100% of their results at A* - A at A Level.
It was evident that staff and parents were incredibly proud of the students and the students are proud of their school. The education of girls lies at the heart of the vision of St Dominic’s. Academic rigour and excellent exam preparation are a given – but it is equally obvious that through the impressive range of extra-curricular experiences, they are given the opportunity to grow as individuals, assume leadership roles, take responsible risks, develop lasting friendships and excel in a dynamic environment that caters for all their needs. That vision is paying off and these girls with their bright futures ahead of them deserve to celebrate what can only be described as an outstanding achievement on their part; an achievement which is the result of sheer determination and incredibly hard work.