Markethill High School named best non-selective Controlled school in NI

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Monday, August 12th, 2013
Markethill High School has officially topped the new Annual Area Profiles as the best non-selective Controlled school in Northern Ireland according to statistics published by the Department of Education. With 89% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE level, Markethill High recorded the best pass rate of any non-selective Controlled School in the country. The figures indicate the strength of local rural schools in providing high-quality education, including Markethill High and Newtownhamilton High. The statistics, published by the SELB, also show Markethill High School to be the only non selective Controlled school in the SELB area to see a year-on-year increase in numbers since 2009. The new Annual Area Profiles set out a range of statistical information on enrolments, attainment and finance for every school, as well as data on the numbers of schools and pupils across district council areas. Last year, as part of the ongoing process of planning the local schools estate for the future, the Education Minister John O’Dowd committed to ensuring all Education and Library Boards would publish statistical data on schools and local areas on an annual basis. A Department of Education spokesperson said, “This new strategic approach is transparent and gives parents and schools full access to factual information of relevance and interest to them. “As the process of area planning continues it is important that everyone with an interest is fully informed and able to get involved in the debate on future provision.” Principal of Markethill High School, James Maxwell, said the latest statistics reflect the hard work and achievement by staff and pupils at the school. He said, “Markethill High School continues to flourish. Our pupils live by our ethos, Believe to Achieve, and these results reflect this. The new Annual Area Profiles are testament to the success of Markethill High School in terms of exam results, demand for places and healthy finances.  
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