Academic experience

In addition to wanting an integrated education for their children, parents want academic and pastoral excellence. 

Among our founding year students from 1994 there are: graduates from a wide range of disciplines including medicine, veterinary science, law, engineering, and technology; successful entrepreneurs; and Shimna Integrated College teaching and support staff, parents and governors.

We work in close partnership with Queen's University, and we have student members of Queen's Junior Academy, Queen's Sports Academy and Queen's Senior Academy. The partnership offers our students opportunities to travel regularly to Queen's to take part in workshops across the academic disciplines, and in the Senior Academy, to avail of specialist academic tutoring and mentoring. Our students have won places at university summer schools at Oxford and Cambridge, Edinburgh Herriot Watt,at Liverpool John Moores and at University College, London. They have won places on the Queen's University Pathways Programme, Villiers Park, Cambridge specialist subject weeks and have attended British Medical Council workshops. 

In our very first year of GCSE results, Shimna students topped the performance tables in the SEELB. Those first results have been bettered by our students in every year since then. Such excellent results are a tribute to the students themselves. The results are also a tribute to an inspirational teaching staff and to the support and confidence of their parents.

We pride ourselves on the breadth of our A level provision and the range of study options taken up by our students at university and in the new Higher Level Apprenticeships through Queen's and Ulster University with local and international employers.

Above all we pride ourselves that Shimna’s results have been achieved in an all-ability context, where all students are entered for at least nine subjects at GCSE, achieving a pass rate for the college of 99%. Performance tables can lead schools to dissuade students from entering for the full range of subjects, but at Shimna we are vindicated in our policy of high expectations for every student.