If you would like to join our school in September 2018 you are invited to come along and listen to a short presentation about entry to Dalriada. The Headmaster Mr Skelton will speak about the process and method that we use to enable pupils to transfer into our year 8 for the academic year beginning September 2018. Details and guidance regarding the AQE process and the Common Entrance Assessment will be outlined with application forms available on line through the following link AQE.
Our Open Morning for 2017 takes place on Saturday 7th January starting at 9.15 am and finishing at 12.30pm.
For Pupils and Parents of Year 7 the morning will start with a talk by the Headmaster at 9.15 am in the John Armstrong Hall followed by a tour of the school from 9.45 am finishing at 11.00 am. Parents are requested to use the front car park of the school with a restricted amount of parking available on site. The car park will be open from 8.45 am
For Pupils and Parents and Pupils of Year 6 please arrive from 10.00 am and park in the Northern health Trust, Route Complex, Coleraine Road. Guides will direct you to the John Armstrong Hall for the Headmaster’s talk at 10.30 am. At 11.00 am school guides will be available to take you on a tour of the school where you will be able to visit departments and get the chance to speak to pupils and teachers. The tour will finish at approximately 12.30 pm.
The Admissions Criteria and the Prospectus are available on the morning and an e-version will be posted on this website from Monday 9th January .
The pupils, teachers and governors would like to congratulate our former pupil, Professor John McCanny CBE, who has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for services to Higher Education and Economic Development.
Professor McCanny is an international authority on silicon chip architectures for Digital Signal Processing and Digital Security, who led the initiative to create the Centre for Secure Information Technology, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Cybersecurity. He also developed the vision to create the Northern Ireland Science Park, which transformed a brownfield site into a science and technology hub where over 2,500 people are now employed. He has founded two high technology companies based on the work of his research teams and has served on numerous committees of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Irish Academy.
Speaking at the School’s Prize Day in 1998, Professor McCanny reminisced, “I have many fond memories of Dalriada including the many lasting friendships I made, the sporting activities in which I was involved, the fun associated with the Shakespeare play and, most importantly, the education I received. This was to form the foundation of my future career.”
Last Thursday witnessed great scenes of celebration at Dalriada when this year’s GCSE results were announced. Every single Year 12 pupil achieved at least 5 or more A*-C grades, including Maths and English. Indeed a staggering 98% of all Year 12 Dalriada pupils gained at least 7 A*-C grades including Maths and English.
38 pupils, almost a third of the entire year group achieved 8 or more A* of A full course grades and of this group 24 pupils gained 9 A* or A grades each.Michael White will start his A level courses having achieved a superb 10 A*’s each, while Jazmine Carson, Eason Chan, Shane Devers, Ross Fallows and Peter Johnston achieved an outstanding 9 A*’s.
11 pupils achieved an outstanding 10 A*-A grades:Michael White, Jazmine Carson, Eason Chan, Shane Devers, Ross Fallows, Peter Johnston, Catherine Jamison, Catherine Torrens, Cara Dorans, Bruce Johnston, Ellen Kearney.
The following 13 pupils obtained 9 A*-A grades:
Patrick Stewart, Benjamin Webb, Emma Colgan, Olivia Hall, Robbie Doherty, Katie Trotter, Jessica Eden, Daniel Logan, Daniel McAfee, Benedict Anslow, Natalia Rygielska, Mia McNeill, Eve Myer.
The 14 pupils achieving 8 A*-A grades were:
Anna Nicholl, Finn Sands-Robinson, Nadine Robinson, Peter Smith, Evie Douglas, Joshua Park, Ian Pinkerton, Rebecca Dinsmore, Alice Skelton, Adam Strong, Jill Leslie, Leah Glass, Hope Anderson, Emma Glass. Read More
This year’s ‘A’ Level pupils at Dalriada have maintained the high standard of success achieved by the School in external examinations. A very impressive 77% of the Upper Sixth Form students obtained at least 3 A*- C grades each. Almost 40% of all ‘A’ Level grades obtained at Dalriada were A* or A grades, well above the Northern Ireland average.
The following 17 Dalriada students obtained at least 3 A*/A grades:
Naomi Anderson, Gillian McNaugher, Ailbhe Kendall, Victoria Whitton, Tara Devers, Rachael Kennedy, William McMullan, Roisin Mc Keegan, Christopher Fielding, Bethan Harper, John Hope, Bronwyn Thompson, Honor Wilson, Sam Balmer, Karolina Bednarek, Caitlin Farrell and Angus Johnston.
Five students achieved an outstanding 4 A*/A grades each namely:
Naomi Anderson, Gillian McNaugher, Ailbhe Kendall, Tara Devers and Rachael Kennedy.
In Lower Sixth Dalriada students gained the best set of AS results in the Schools’ history with an unprecedented 83% of the year group gained at least 3 A-C grades. 36% of all grades in Lower Sixth were A grades and 65% of all Dalriada grades were either A or B grades, well above the Northern Ireland average. Read More
As we approach the end of the academic year 2015-16 and await the arrival of the results of both A level and GCSE, we must recognise the two long serving members of staff who will not be with us in the 2016-17 academic year.
The end of term assembly marked the end of an era with the two long serving members of staff leaving the school. Senior teacher Mrs Helen Leighton, retired after 34 years at Dalriada and Pastoral Deputy Head Mrs Nicola Madden has left after 18 years at Dalriada to take up an appointment as Principal of Limavady Grammar School.
On receiving their leaving gifts at the school’s final assembly both ladies received a standing ovation from the packed audience reflecting the esteem they were held in by colleagues and pupils alike.
Headmaster Tom Skelton paid tribute to Mrs Leighton and Mrs Madden, thanking them for the huge contribution they had made to many aspects of life at Dalriada School. He concluded by wishing them both well for the future.
Students are reminded that A level results are available from the school on Thursday 18 August. They can be collected from school between 9 – 11.30 am in B5 (Careers Room ). If you are not able to collect your results in person you can ask a member of your family to collect on your behalf. Please supply them with a note of permission to bring with them on the morning.
If you prefer to receive them by phone, please contact the school after 11 am. The office will not open until 11 am as the staff will be involved with the distribution of results in B5.
Good luck to all students receiving results and we hope that they receive the grades enabling them to progress onto the course of their choice in September.
This year was marked by a flourish of new debating talent within the school – after the departure of a very talented group of Upper Sixth debaters made way for a whole new wave of Speakers from Year 11 to Year 14! Reigning Queen (teacher-in-charge) of the Senior Debating Society, Miss Turner, spent her sophomore year at the heart of the Club, ensuring, through her passion for arguendo, that the year was a very successful one for all involved. This year I had the pleasure of assisting in the role of Student President, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my year at the helm of the Debating Society.
Dalriada’s Bar team over the weekend travelled to the Old Bailey in London to compete in the UK final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition and ended up coming through four rounds against some very stiff opposition to take the Title.
Having won the Northern Ireland title several months ago, extensive practice and indeed fund raising has taken place. Under the careful management of Miss Susan Gregg and technical support of two practising barristers from the bar council of NI the team has worked tirelessly in the run up to these finals.
Saturday saw Dalriada come through three rounds against some very tough English opposition and win through to the final. In the first round they came up against Denbigh High school from Oxford followed by Kesteven and Grantham Girls School from Nottingham, This put Dalriada into the semi-final against a Yorkshire School, Wilmslow High from Sheffield. Again the standard was extremely high but it was the Northern Irish School that got the verdict.
In the final Dalriada would face Clitheroe Royal Grammar School from Preston in Lancashire and this time the trial would be presided over by four Judges. With the celebrity Judge Rinder watching carefully from the balcony it was Dalriada that came out the winners much to the delight of the entire party including Headmaster Tom Skelton who had travelled with the group to London.
It was Dalriada’s fourth time competing at this National level, where twice they had lost in the final but this time they were finally crowned as champions. With some of the team also involved in last week’s BBC choir of the Year win it has been an epic few months for the school competing at the highest level in a number of activities. Some of the party will also travel with the Volleyball teams who on Monday travel south to play in the All Ireland Final after becoming NI champions last month.
Danske Bank Schools’ Cup Semi Final
Tuesday March 1st 2016
ko 2.30 pm
Ulster Rugby are pleased to advise you of how tickets can be purchased as well as price and location of tickets for those who are supporting Dalriada School.
|Area||Discounted School Finalist Price
(accessible through web link see below)
(unallocated seating within each block)
£4 (school child)
|West Terrace 2
(unallocated standing area)
*PLEASE NOTE: SCHOOL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL UNIFORM NOT PERMITTED IN THIS AREA
£4 (school child)
In order for parents and friends of Dalriada School to purchase tickets at a discounted School price, Ulster Rugby have set up a hidden purchase link which we would like Dalriada School to forward to parents. This will considerably cut down on allocation and administration of tickets via each School semi-finalist, allowing schools to sell tickets primarily for school children.
The purchase link for Dalriada School is: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/38005050D7D414FD?did=school2
Please note all tickets purchased using this promotional code will be ’Print At Home’ tickets ONLY and a reduced booking charge of £1 per adult and 50p per school child will apply to each ticket purchased.