Results & Achievements
“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
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.”
“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.”