Results & Achievements
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CAMPBELL COLLEGE CELEBRATES BEST RESULTS IN OVER A DECADE
Campbell College Belfast today (Thursday 15th August) celebrated their best A Level results in fifteen years with 66% of students achieving three or more A*-C grades. 84% of all grades awarded were at A*-C level and 28% of all grades achieved were an A*/A grade. The College demonstrated particularly strong performances in Mathematics, Languages, Music, Art, Moving Image Arts and Religious Studies - all of which showed 100% of students achieving A* - C. In addition, BTec Sport and BTec Hospitality students performed well with 100% of students achieving A*-C equivalent.
Campbell is home to over 150 boarding students from 30 different countries and this international cohort were top of the class with boarder Leon Gurtler achieving 4A*/A grades (A * in Computer Studies, Mathematics and German and an A in Business Studies). Leon hails from Germany and will now be heading to University in Singapore. Leon was joined by fellow boarders Jeremy Ho and Leo Lou who each received 3A*/A’s and 1B and Head Prefect and boarder, Rex Tinsley, who secured 3A’s in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
Mr Bert Robinson, Head of Boarding commented, “It is fantastic to witness how Campbell has played an important part in the education journey of these international students. To see a German student come to study in Belfast and two years later be heading to study in Singapore demonstrates how Campbell and Northern Ireland can provide an important stepping stone towards an international future.”
As a school that selects only 70% of Year 8 pupils on academic criteria, Campbell prides itself on adding value to individuals from a broad range of starting points. One example is Max McDermott who joined Campbell from Strandtown Primary School with an AQE/Transfer score of 54 and today opened his envelope to reveal 3 A*/ A’s in Business Studies, Digital Technology and BTec Sport.
Headmaster Mr Robert Robinson, MBE, commented, “Max is a superb example of the fact that each student is different and travels at a different rate on their educational journey. When we measure success at Campbell, we look at how an individual has improved during their time with us. Whilst we are delighted with our overall results we take more joy in all the individual stories of success, whatever they may be.”
Also to be congratulated for superb performances are; Tim Devlin with 3A*/A Grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and a B in History; John Gildea with 3 A*/A grades in French, German and History; Harry Owens who achieved 3A*/A’s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; and Toby Hopkinson who achieved 3A’s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and a B in Further Mathematics.
In terms of next steps, 40% of university offers achieved so far are for places at Russell Group institutions, Head of Careers, Mrs Sarah Coetzee stated, “We are delighted that so many of our students have been successful in achieving their first choice. Whilst STEM courses remain popular representing 33% of courses secured thus far, there is an increased emphasis in 2019 on language and international politics courses.“
CAMPBELL COLLEGE ADDS VALUE FOR GCSE PUPILS
138 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College in East Belfast today (Thursday 22nd August) to reveal 83 % achieving 5 or more A*-C equivalent grades including English and Mathematics and 91% achieving 5 or more A* - C grades overall. The strongest performing subjects with 100% A*-C grades were Art, Music, Further Mathematics, Religious Studies, Spanish and Chinese.
Congratulations in particular to George Robinson, Finlay Stafford, Josh Moore, Ben Coulter and Conor McCauley who all achieved 11 A* /A equivalent grades. George and Ben both share a passion for music and having had the opportunity to play with past pupil and Snow Patrol front man, Gary Lightbody, at the College’s recent speech day - they were both delighted in particular with their A* in Music.
Congratulations to the following for strong individual performances; Aaron Cochrane, Ollie Hopkinson and Daniel Matchett-Griffiths who all celebrated 9 A*/A’s; Charlie Hart, Michael Canning and Christoph Pirker (8 A*/A’s); and Finlay Parks (7 A*/A’s).
Further congratulations to the following students who are a testament to the added value that Campbell delivers to its pupils. Michael Shaw and Matas Jarutis with 9 A*/A’s and Cameron Beattie with 8 A*/A’s. Each of these pupils joined Campbell with an AQE score well below 100 and today celebrated these very successful sets of results. Additional praise must go to Matas for whom English is his second language, hailing from Lithuania.
Headmaster, Mr Robert Robinson, MBE commented, “Congratulations to all these individuals for their strong performances. Hard work from parents, teachers and pupils combine to deliver results such as these. With only 70% of our Year 8 pupils joining via academic selection, we are especially thrilled to see success being enjoyed by those pupils who may not have been deemed to be so successful at the age of 11.”
“DIVERSITY IS KEY FOR FUTURE PROOFING OUR STUDENTS”
- A-Level Students hit the high note as Music, Language and Art come out top -
“The landscape of education is shifting as we adapt to prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace. In recent years Campbell College has broadened its curriculum provision for 6th Form in recognition of these changes. Supporting diversity is key to future proofing our students. We must prepare them for many different pathways - not just the traditional ones.” Robert Robinson, MBE, Headmaster of Campbell College Belfast.
Today (Thursday 16th August, 2018) 108 students at Campbell College opened their A-Level results to reveal a picture that reflects this drive for diversity. Creativity and languages emerged as top performers with 100% of entrants achieving A* grade in Art and 100% A*-C performance in French, German, Music and Moving Image. In addition, with the increased recognition of the BTEC qualification by Russell Group institutions, 25% of students at Campbell College opted to sit one or more BTEC subjects alongside A Levels, with half of these pupils achieving the top grade - a starred Distinction (D*).
Mr Robinson continues, ’Three things are notable in our results this year. Firstly, the strong performance in languages, arts and music demonstrates the power of an all-boys educational environment to encourage and nurture creativity. Secondly, the shift towards BTEC and the recognition of this qualification by leading universities has justified our increased provision in this area. It is important that, as a College which encourages diversity, we offer a broad curriculum. Finally, we are delighted that those students who joined us in 6th Form have performed very strongly - turning around their academic performance in a short period of time – a reflection of our teaching and what it can deliver. Congratulations to all pupils, parents and staff for the team effort and we wish all our leavers the very best as they progress on many different paths.”
Congratulations to the following students who achieved 3 A*/A’s; Head Prefect John Harrison (Chemistry, Mathematics and History), Michael Sullivan achieved 3 A*/A’s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, Rory Dennis (Biology, Chemistry and German), Adam Catherall (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Mathew Kane (Chemistry, German and Mathematics).
BTEC performance was particularly strong and congratulations to Adam Manley who achieved top marks with 2 starred Distinctions (D*) and 1 Distinction (D). Oisin Kiernan celebrated 2 starred Distinctions (D*) whilst Ben McClurg, Paul McConnell, Euan Bailie, Ben Bishop, Mathew Carlisle, Josh Irwin, Jack Preston, Benjamin Yau, Jack Thompson and Jared Duval all received 1 starred Distinction (D*).
Congratulations also to two students who have chosen different paths; Gary Hunt has successfully secured his place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and Ben McClurg who will take up a tennis scholarship in the US.
The individual pathways chosen by the 2018 cohort include Medicine, Biological Science, Music, Sports Science, Business, Film and more. As Head of Careers, Mrs Sarah Coetzee comments, ‘The world of careers is changing rapidly and schools have to keep pace, recognising the diversity of pathways our students are now considering. Creating the right pathways for their individual strengths is key to ensuring that they leave school heading in a direction that is right for them.”
144 pupils opened their GCSE results at Campbell College today (23rd August 2018) 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.”
“The core ethos at Campbell College is centred around celebrating the individual. We have always measured our success in terms of how each pupil improves and progresses on his own individual academic journey. League tables listing results and percentage of A*–C grades are one dimensional and do not tell the whole story. The real story of how a school delivers should be judged by many factors – both academic and pastoral.
"Pastorally, a child should be happy and safe. Academically, schools should be measured by how the individual pupil progresses. This must take into consideration where a pupil starts academically, as well as where they finish. As a College that is only 70% academically selective, we are proud to have a broad intake and measure our success on the value we add to each pupil. Our report cards are geared to the individual and measure his performance against his potential – not just against his peers.
“In order to compare schools effectively and understand the quality and impact of teaching provision, there is an increased recognition across the UK as to the use of ‘Value Added’ measurements. These allow ‘like for like’ comparisons to be made. Using CAT test results – a standardised test carried out in schools throughout the UK – we have been working with education bodies to establish a system that will track each pupil’s academic progression from CAT scores in Year 8 and Year 11 to actual performance at GCSE.
“The 2018 GCSE results represent the first cohort to be measured in this way and the results are interesting to see. The statistics demonstrate how our total cohort of pupils have added at least one grade at GCSE from their predictions provided by earlier CAT testing. A testament to our teachers and the difference they make to each individual. “We should not be judging success solely on A*–C %. The real story is always more than one dimensional.”
Robert Robinson, MBE
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