Press Release

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2003 (NR/034/03)


The cream of the province's GCSE students were honoured today by Northern Ireland's awarding body, CCEA.

At a ceremony in CCEA's Clarendon Dock Headquarters, students who scored the highest marks in individual subjects in last summer's GCSE examinations received special certificates to recognise their achievement.

Speaking to an audience of top students, their parents and teachers, CCEA Chief Executive Gavin Boyd commented:

Today we are in the company of some very special young people who have reached the highest levels of performance in CCEA GCSE examinations.

We are delighted to honour their achievement and proud to be associated with the educational excellence they represent. They are a credit to their schools, their teachers and to their parents. My congratulations go to one and all.

With talent comes responsibility and I would urge all of our young achievers to continue their hard work in education or training so that they can play a leading role in the development of a strong, dynamic and prosperous Northern Ireland.

A second award ceremony will be held on Thursday 20 February at the Radisson Hotel, Limavady to recognise top GCSE students from schools in the north-west of the province.

Running Order

Refreshments 1.30 pm  
Opening Remarks 2.00 PM Dr Alan Lennon, Chairman, CCEA
Award Ceremony 2.10 PM Mr Gavin Boyd, Chief Executive, CCEA
Closing Remarks 2.40 PM Mr Gavin Boyd, Chief Executive CCEA
Tea/Coffee 2.50 PM Top Candidate photographs will be taken during this time


The students honoured at today's award ceremony were:

Additional Mathematics Karen Alexander
Steven Hutchinson
Ballymena Academy
Banbridge Academy
Biology Brian Lavery St Colman's College, Newry
Business Studies Bronagh Smyth Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch
Chemistry Kristina Marshall Victoria College, Belfast
Economics Matthew Grimes St Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
English Hannah McAuley Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast
English Literature Oonagh King Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast
French Niamh O'Kane Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry
German Lynsey Crawford Antrim Grammar School
History Peter Clyde Dalriada School, Ballymoney
Home Economics Diane Haugh Kilkeel High School
Home Economics (Child Development) Hollie McAllister St Colmcille's High School, Downpatrick
ICT Short Course Thomas Burch Ballyclare High School
Information Systems Emma Hogg Strathearn School, Belfast
Irish (Gaeilge) Grainne Nic Fhirleinn Meánscoil Feirste, Belfast
Mathematics Christopher Cargo Bangor Grammar School
Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies Christopher Batchelor The Royal School Dungannon
Music Ellen Pickett Sullivan Upper School, Holywood
Physical Education Naomi-Ruth Warner St Macnissi's College, Carnlough
Physics Anna Rowan Victoria College, Belfast
Religious Studies Jane Reavey Methodist College, Belfast
Religious Studies (Short Course) Gretchen Lennon Larne Grammar School
Science: Single Award (Non-Modular) Casey O'Hara Sullivan Upper School, Holywood
Social & Environmental Studies Pamela Steele Hazelwood Integrated College, Newtownabbey
Spanish Kim Bailie
Catherine Bell
Jacqueline Clydesdale
Darryl English
Ballymena Academy
Belfast High School
Banbridge Academy
Friends School, Lisburn
Technology and Design Colin McKnight Wallace High School, Lisburn


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Note to Editors

CCEA is the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

CCEA places learners and those who have a concern for their educational and personal development at the forefront of its thinking. CCEA's mission is:
"To enable the full potential of all learners to be achieved and recognised"

Rewarding Learning

CCEA is a unique educational body in the UK, bringing together the three areas of the curriculum, examinations and assessment.

We award qualifications - as Northern Ireland’s leading awarding body CCEA offers a wide range of General and Applied/Vocational Qualifications at: Entry Level, Levels 1-4, GCSE, GCE and QCF. Our qualifications portfolio helps you meet the Entitlement Framework.

We advise government - on what should be taught and assessed in Northern Ireland’s schools and colleges.

We monitor standards - ensuing that the qualifications and examinations offered by awarding bodies in Northern Ireland are of an appropriate quality and standard.

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We place learners and those who have a concern for their educational and personal development at the forefront of our thinking.

Our mission is: To enable the full potential of all learners to be achieved and recognised.

Delivering the Best Possible Service

CCEA is committed to excellence in all its work. This means striving towards continuous improvement in all aspects of our business and making sure CCEA staff have the skills they need to deliver a first class service.