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 2017-2018 was a remarkable year for Wallace High School as the school commemorated the bicentennial of its founder’s birth with highly-acclaimed musical performances in Lisburn and London, consolidated the continuation of his vision with the completion of a School Enhancement Project and celebrated continued outstanding academic success.
For yet another year, the school achieved record A level results with 47% of all grades A*/A, 80% A*/B, 96% A*/C with 87% of students achieving 3+A*-C grades. At AS level, 10 students achieved 4 A grades and 24 students 3 or 4 A grades; 13 students completed Mathematics A level in one year. We were delighted to hear that Year 14 student, Peter Gillanders, was joint 1st in A level Geography in the CCEA rankings.
At GCSE level, 32 students achieved 10 or more A*/A grades, 71 students achieved 27 points or more – the equivalent of 9 A grades and 55 students achieved 8 or more A*/A grades with 51% of all grades being awarded at A*/A. We featured strongly in the CCEA rankings with 2 students, Anna Trimble and Holly Mackin, who had featured in the 2017 rankings as Year 11 students, appearing again in 2018! In Year 11, Anna was placed 1st in GCSE Mathematics out of a candidature of 21,643 so the probability of being 1st was an astonishing 0.0000462! This year, Anna was placed joint
1st in GCSE French, joint 1st in Further Mathematics and 1st in GCSE Geography. Anna’s mother, Helen, as an 18-year old Wallace pupil was placed 1st in A level Geography. We have yet to calculate the probability of Anna’s 2018 achievements and we suspect few families have ever attained a CCEA inter- generational double! Holly Mackin, who gained 1st place in GCSE RE (short course) in Year 11 was placed joint 2nd in French this year and has subsequently won a Rotary Scholarship to represent NorthernIreland at a conference in Strasbourg.
We are proud to think of this school as ‘the living legacy’ of its inspirational, philanthropic founder. I hope you will enjoy reading this prospectus which celebrates the achievements of our pupils and commemorates our unique history.
The 2019 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.