This prospectus is a record of, and a reflection on, the life of The 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”.
We should be very proud of our Wallace Men and our Wallace Women who leave this school ready for the world of under-graduate study, ready to be active contributors to the economy, caring members of our community and shining a very bright light for this fine school with their “can do” attitude.
The academic year 2018-2019 was
a memorable year for The Wallace High School as the school family settled into the new accommodation provided by our School Enhancement Project, celebrated continued outstanding academic success, achieved “the double” in boys’ hockey and honoured the legacy of our founder by contributing to charities at home and abroad.
For yet another year, the school, achieved record-breaking A level results by raising the A*- C once more to 88%. A minimum of three A* grades was achieved by five students, 29 students attained a minimum of three A*/A grades and a further 15 a minimum of two A*/A grades. We were thrilled when Kirsty Dawson and Julie Yeow secured their Oxbridge places. Kirsty is reading Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge, and Julie is reading Engineering at Lincoln College, Oxford. Hannah Patterson, following her gap year, is reading Music at Saint John’s, Cambridge.
At AS level, in keeping with national trends, the majority of students opted to study three subjects and a significant number of last year’s top GCSE students attained an excellent three A grades which bodes well for A2 and five students attained four A grades. Anna Trimble, for the third successive year, featured in the CCEA Mathematics rankings with a top performance at A2 level in Mathematics whilst Megan Henry featured in A2 Chemistry and Katie Rocks joined our long list of top students in GCSE Journalism. Erin Bailie was placed top in GCSE Art and Design. At GCSE level, 87% of grades were A* – B with two students, Aisling Gardiner and Georgia Nicolls, each achieving 12 A* grades. Over a third of the year group achieved a minimum of eight A grades.
In 2020, we will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the school and plans are already under way for a variety of events during the year. We are delighted that since the celebration of the bi-centennial of Sir Richard’s birth in 2018, both the city of Lisburn and the school have continued to build links with the Wallace Collection in London. We are honoured to include in this prospectus a contribution from Suzanne Higgott, author of “The Most Fortunate Man Of His Day”, an inspiring account of Sir Richard as connoisseur, collector and philanthropist. 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 2020 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.