Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the foot of the Mourne mountains, Shimna Integrated College is an inclusive, all-ability school at the heart of the community in Newcastle. Founded in 1994, we have a proven track record of excellent value-added success at GCSE, A Level and BTEC. With our commitment to outstanding pastoral care and extra-curricular activities, education at Shimna is child-centred, holistic and focused on building positive relationships.
Shimna Integrated College does it again with record breaking GCSE results
With over 80% of year 12 students awarded five or more GCSEs at A*-C, Shimna Integrated College celebrates the release of today’s results.
As a non-selective college, many subject department’s statistics are comparable to the best selective schools in the country with Further Mathematics achieving a 100% A*-C pass rate, English Literature an impressive 99% A*-C grade and Digital Technology at 98%.
“We are delighted with these results,” says Steve Pagan, Principal of Shimna Integrated College. “Our students have shown tremendous resilience, tenacity and perseverance in the face of two years of Covid disruption and uncertainty.”
“I would like to thank the entire Shimna team who worked tirelessly to ensure these children were given the best possible support and guidance.”
“As an inclusive, all ability Integrated school, the results are staggering,” says Karen Caulfield, Vice Principal. “We compete favourably with selective schools and show that with a child centred, caring approach, all students can thrive and achieve success.”
Special guest Michael Crossan, Examinations Manager at CCEA joined in with Shimna’s celebrations today. “It was a joy to be at a school with such a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and to be able to join in on the celebrations with everyone. From talking to the students and parents it was very clear that they hold the school in great regard and genuinely enjoy their time there.”
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Shimna students achieve record examination results
Year 14 students at Shimna have today received their A Level and BTEC examination results. They reflect many exceptional achievements and include a number of College records:
18% of students achieving three or more A*-A grades
37% of grades awarded at A*-A
One in eight of all grades awarded at A*
58% of grades in A Level Mathematics at A*; 56% at A* in A Level Chemistry
63% BTEC Distinctions in Sports Studies; 54% BTEC Distinctions in Health & Social Care
Overall, highest percentage of students achieving A*-C in all subjects
The Principal, Steve Pagan, said:
“On behalf of my staff, I congratulate all of our Year 14 students on making it through two incredibly tough years. Due to the pandemic, this year group missed out on the experience of completing their GCSE studies in the exam room. The students have then had to cope with intermittent disruption to their Sixth Form studies caused by Covid.”
“Today’s results are a vindication of their resilience and perseverance. Equally, they are a tribute to the dedication of Shimna staff who have continued to provide high-quality teaching and pastoral support, both in class and online over the past two years.”
“We take immense pride in our commitment to all-ability education and are delighted to see extremely positive outcomes across 22 subjects, covering both A Level and BTEC qualifications. We place high value on attainment but, of course, the true test of these results is the value that has been added in terms of progress since each student joined Shimna.”
“It is heartening to see that almost all of our students who applied to university have gained their place, especially given the increased competition this year. Our team is now working with a small number of students who just missed their offers to find places in clearing.”
“As well as breaking a number of College records, this year group has been the largest to complete Sixth Form studies in our history. We look forward to building on their success.”
Shimna builds on its future
Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle has announced the construction of its new school building is due to commence this summer. The £19 million project will deliver modern, energy efficient premises and facilities which will support the education of students across South Down well into the future.
Locally based construction company Glasgiven Contracts Ltd will deliver the building project providing a boost to employment within the local area. The Glasdrumman company has extensive experience in delivering high-quality educational buildings.
Principal Steve Pagan said: “This is a tremendously exciting step for the staff and students of Shimna, as well as our wider community. We have been providing excellent educational opportunites at Shimna for almost 30 years and look forward to the next chapter, developing our inclusive, all-ability school so that it is best in class...