Last year the St. Columba's College 'Class of 2011' performed exceptionally well in their Maths & Science examinations, surpassing the national averages in all subject areas, despite the usual media frenzy surrounding declining standards in these subjects. Today, amidst the debate over Project Maths, the 'Class of 2012' have matched the acheivements of last year's pupils, performing brilliantly in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Agricultural Science. We are immensely proud of our pupils, who leave the school with a love and passion for the subjects and with exam success.
In Maths, 52% of our students studied at Higher Level (compared to 22% nationally). Of those, 22% achieved an A grade (9% nationally), 39% achieved a B grade (36% nationally) and the remainder achieving a C or D grade. At Ordinary Level, all pupils achieved an A, B or C grade.
In St. Columba's last year, 91% of pupils studied at least one science subject for their Leaving Certificate. In Biology, the trends of recent years continued. 98% of pupils sat the exam at Higher Level (75% nationally) with 29% of these achieving an A grade (16% nationally), 44% achieving a B grade (27% nationally), 17% achieving a C grade (26% nationally).
In Chemistry, 93% of students sat at Higher Level (82% nationally). Of these 15% achieved an A grade (20% nationally), 23% achieved a B grade (28% nationally) and 46% achieved a C grade (24% nationally). While these results are not as impressive as previous years, they still represent a very impressive set of results.
In Physics all pupils sat the examination at Higher Level (74% nationally) of which 27% achieved an A grade (19% nationally), 45% achieved a B grade (30% nationally) and the remainder took home a C grade. When you consider the numbers sitting at Higher Level the results are even more impressive.
In Agricultural Science all pupils sat the exam at Higher Level (79% nationally). Of these, 25% of pupils achieved an A grade (9% nationally), 25% achieved a B grade (a similar statistic nationally) and the remaining 50% achieved a C grade (30% nationally).
The science teachers of St. Columba's College are immensely proud of our pupils achievements in science (and indeed in all subjects) and wish them well in their future studies or endeavours. Last year, over 50% of our pupils went on to study a STEM course in university after their time in St. Columba's and we hope many will consider a similar path this year too. Overall, the St. Columba's class of 2012 achieved an astonishing average points total of 451 with 34% of pupils achieving over 500 points, 74% over 400 points and 88% over 300 points. For a more comprehensive analysis of our pupils results visit the St. Columba's College website. For nationally statistic click here.