Year 12 and Year 14 Examination Performance at Post-Primary Schools in Northern Ireland - Statistical Bulletin

Date published: 27 April 2017

The Department of Education today published Statistical Bulletin 5/2017 Year 12 and Year 14 Examination Performance at Post-Primary Schools in Northern Ireland.

This statistical bulletin presents an analysis of examination performance of pupils in year 12 and year 14 at post-primary schools in Northern Ireland for the 2015/16 academic year. The bulletin includes information on examination performance by gender, sector, and free school meal entitlement.

Key findings are as follows:

  • In 2015/16, 67.9% of year 12 pupils achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (or equivalent) including GCSE English and GCSE maths, an increase of 0.9 percentage points from 2014/15. 47.0% of free school meal entitled pupils achieved this indicator (45.6% in 2014/15).
  • 66.3% of pupils in the final year of an A-level (or equivalent) course achieved 3 or more A-levels at grades A*-C. This figure compares with 64.9% in 2014/15.
  • In 2015/16, non-grammar schools have seen a slight increase in achievement in all main performance indicators at both Year 12 and Year 14 whilst grammar schools have experienced a slight decrease across all indicators.

The full statistical bulletin can be found on the Department of Education website.

Notes to editors: 

1.  For more details about the statistics contained in this press release, or to request further information and analysis, please contact:

Danielle Clarke
Analytical Services Unit
Department of Education
Rathgael House
Balloo Road
BT19 7PR

Tel: 02891 279259

2.  Media enquires to the Department of Education’s Communication team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.

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