Derry school wins prestigious UK-wide Secondary School of the Year award

St Cecilia's success announced on The One Show


A Derry school tonight won a major award.

St Cecilia's College was named Secondary School of the Year in the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.

The announcement was made this evening on The One Show on BBC1.

The Pearson Awards are regarded as among the most important accolades within the education sector.

In recognising the local school, the judges said: "St. Cecilia’s College is a Catholic, all-girl secondary school situated in an area falling within the top 10% of the most disadvantaged electoral wards in Northern Ireland.

"The school aims to ensure that its students are provided with opportunities to achieve qualifications, employability skills and cross-community experiences and the mindset that break a cycle of deprivation.

"The school does this through comprehensive pastoral care programmes, engagement of community groups, the setting of high aspirations through award-winning careers provision, and high-quality learning and teaching."

St Cecilia's principal, Martine Mulhern, said she was very proud of the school's achievement.

Among those to offer their congratulations was Education Minister Peter Weir.

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