“This prospectus is a record of, and a reflection on, the life of Wallace High School in the last calendar year. It presents what makes Wallace distinctive, special and loved. Our school family extends from our Pre-Prep to our past pupils and we believe that our school family provides an unsurpassed foundation for academic and personal growth. We think of this as The Wallace Way.”
The academic year 2016-17 wasan excellent year for Wallace High School as we sought to continue to build upon our “Outstanding Achievements and Standards” (ETI Inspection report January 2015) and to encourage our young people to reach their potential. The school achieved its best ever A level grades as 31 students achieved 3 or more A/ A* grades, 87% of students gained 3+ A* to C grades and 95% of all grades awarded were A* to C.
At GCSE level, 32 students achieved 10 A*+ A grades, 41 students achieved 9 A*+ A grades and two students, Amy Warke and Julie Yeow achieved 11 A* grades. We were delighted when four of our leavers gained highly coveted places at Cambridge: Emily Cairns is reading Music at Corpus Christi (where she is also a highly prestigious choral scholar); Katie Windrum – Modern and Medieval Languages at Murray Edwards; Andrew Coalter – Computer Science at Sidney College and Aristotle Epanomeritakis is reading Mathematics at St John’s.
We were also delighted to be placed in a significant number of subjects in the CCEA rankings. Anna Trimble was placed first in GCSE Mathematics. The candidature was 21,643 so the probability of being first was an astonishing 0.0000462! Anna was one of 8 Wallace students placed by CCEA 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 10 examinations at GCSE and A level but her achievement is all the more remarkable given that she sat the examination a full year early.
Another remarkable achievement was that of Julie Yeow who attained a remarkable triple being placed 1st in Art and Design, 2nd in French and 1st in Music at GCSE level. Julie was the only pupil in Northern Ireland to achieve three placings in the CCEA rankings. Several of our successful Oxbridge students from the class of 2017 were placed in the rankings: Andrew Coalter was 3rd in Further Mathematics; Emily Cairns was 3rd in Music and Aristotle Epanomeritakis added to his galaxy of stellar achievements by being placed 2nd in Physics. Lucy Watson, now reading English Literature at university, was placed 3rd in English Literature. At GCSE level, Iona Dowie, shared 1st place with Julie Yeow in Art and Design whilst Holly Mackin (another Year 11 ”super scholar”) gained 1st place in GCSE RE (short course).
I am immensely proud to be the Principal of Wallace High School and, as a Wallace parent, I experience first hand The Wallace Way. I know for myself the commitment, dedication and excellence of the school’s teachers and the wealth of its provision.
Our school estate is changing and expanding with our new block currently almost completed and we are also looking forward with pride to celebrations in 2018 which will commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of our distinguished founder and benefactor, Sir Richard Wallace. As his “living legacy” we are playing a key role in the celebrations in Lisburn and our Honours Choir will be performing in the Wallace Collection in London in June.
The 2018 Prospectus is available for download by clicking on the link below. The prospectus is best viewed in ‘two page view’ and can be viewed on mobile devices. Download here.