September Certificates of Achievement

Each month, one student from every form class in Cullybackey College is selected to receive a Certificate of Achievement. This Certificate is a way of Form Teachers to reward students for their continued effort across the college. This month’s winners were awarded on Friday 30th September, and were presented with their certificate by Rev. Willans. Click here to download the list of recipients.


Outstanding examination success for Cullybackey College students at A Level

Yet again, Sixth Form students at Cullybackey College are celebrating outstanding success in their A Level studies. Nervous students arrived at the College early on Thursday 18th August to collect their much anticipated A Level examination results. However, frowns quickly turned to smiles and cheers of celebration as they opened their results. Students in the outgoing Year 14 achieved the highest set of results witnessed by the College in the last 5 years.

College Principal, Mr David Donaldson, acknowledged this, stating, “The achievements of our students is reflective of their hard work, the hard work of their teachers and the on-going support and encouragement of their families. Success for all within the College is witnessing pupils come to the end of their time with us, having fulfilled their potential. Today we celebrate huge success.”

Academic performance in the College continues to rise, with the proportion of students achieving 2 or more A Levels at A* to E standing at 98%. This year 78% of all entries gained a grade C or above – this is the highest performance rate in the history of the school. The proportion of students achieving 3 or more A Levels at A* to C was 45% – a significant improvement of 8% on the previous academic year.

Vice Principal, Mr Tim Manson, was keen to highlight the hard work that many students had put into their portfolios and in studying for their exams. He noted, “Many of our students have been successful this year due to their dedication, determination and resilience in preparing fully for the examination. Success requires sacrifice, and our students have been rewarded with the grades which they deserve.”

Rebecca Arbuthnot achieved 3 grade As in Psychology, Applied Science and Health and Social Care. Sarah O’Neill achieved 2 grade As in ICT and Environmental Technology (in collaboration with the NRC) and a C in Business. Michael Kerr achieved 2 grade As in RE, ICT and a C in Business.

Mr Donaldson went on to say, “We are delighted to celebrate these results with our students today and we want to wish them all the very best for the next step in their lives. Teachers and support staff have worked hard to ensure the College has fulfilled its ethos of ‘Creating Opportunities for Success’. We would also like to acknowledge the success of our students in accessing collaborative courses through Ballymena Learning Together – especially with the NRC, Slemish College and Dunclug College, where our students were supported to achieve high grades”.

Some of the other top students who achieved superb results today included: Paula Platore (ABB); Catherine Reid (ABB); Georgia Thompson (ABB); Karla Gilliland (ABB); Fiona Hosford (ABC); Jemma Stewart (BBC); Erin Lennox (BBC); Chloe Hanna (BBC); Sam Cameron (BBC); Nicola Morrow (BBC); Jemma McMaster (BCC); Lauren Arbuthnot (BCC); Rebekah Finlay (BCC); Sophie Flanagan (BCC); and Savannah Stirling (BCC).


Cullybackey College celebrates unprecedented GCSE success

Students at Cullybackey College are celebrating some of the highest GCSE results in the history of the school.

The proportion of students achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C stands at a fantastic 68%. This reflects a huge rise of 18%, compared with last year’s results and is the highest pass rate in the recent history of the school.
Mr D. Donaldson, the College Principal, expressed his delight, stating, “I am really pleased for our pupils, who deserve great credit for these superb results. I am equally pleased for my teaching staff, whose hard work has paid off.”

Vice Principal, Mr T. Manson, paid particular tribute to the hard work and partnership created between teachers and students. He noted many teachers had gone the extra mile with students, to encourage them to achieve their very best and had provided extra revision classes in the evenings, as well as special exam breakfasts. He said, “Our teachers today can be very satisfied that their hard work over the last two years has paid off and it is great to see them enjoying these results and celebrating the successes as much as the students.”

The College is delighted to be in the position to invite a large number of students back for Sixth Form studies. The Cullybackey College Sixth Form continues to grow in size and these excellent GCSE results build upon the successes shown by the Year 14 students who also achieved outstanding success in their exam results last week.

Mr Donaldson went on to say, “We would like to congratulate all of our Year 12 students on their success and personally I was to acknowledge my pride in the staff of the College, teaching and non-teaching, who are so dedicated in supporting all the young people of this school. I am looking forward to inviting many of our students back for A level studies and offer the remaining students our best wishes as they go on to study in other educational establishments or in the workplace. We hope that they will remember their time at Cullybackey fondly.”

Some of the top students who achieved superb results today included Steven McLeister, Jessica Clarke, Amy Wilson, Bethan Millar, Wilson Coleman, Hannah Thompson and Katie Berezhna.


September Certificates of Achievement

Well done to all pupils who were recently presented with their Certificates of Achievement for February.


Denver Thompson, Daniel Fenton, Paula Platore, Cameron Gregg, Jessica Clarke and Mikey Weir, Dennis Marks, Steven Toner, Keavy Molloy, Callie Megaw and Chloe Campbell


Abbie Lormier, Joanne Hanna, Ashley Kelly, Erin Crawford, Jay Bailey, Eduardo Mourao, Nicola Millar, Rio Foster, Alex Boucher, Ashleigh Spratt, Cerys Flynn, Megan Greer, Kyle Alexaner