November 23 In the Press

Students at Markethill High School support Putting Pupils First Campaign

Principal says Sixth Form must be ‘an unstoppable force’ in Putting Pupils First Campaign

Markethill High School’s principal, James Maxwell, says the Putting Pupils First campaign continues its push for Sixth Form.

Mr Maxwell was speaking directly to parents, pupils, teachers, DUP MLA Emma-Little Pengelly and the media when he described the status quo in relation to post-16 provision for pupils from the Protestant Controlled community as ‘a disgrace, unequal and unfair’ and said it was time the status quo was ‘condemned to the dustbin of history’. Here’s the story:

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October 25 In the Press

Emma Heatherington hosts a literacy evening for Year 8 pupils at Markethill High School. MGMPR_01

Author praises Markethill High School for placing high value on literacy for pupils

Emma Heatherington is a Co Tyrone based author, scriptwriter of short films, plays and musicals, and busy mum, who is gearing up to have her ninth novel published.

Markethill High School, a Co Armagh school renowned for putting its pupils first, invited Emma to host an interactive literacy workshop for Year 8 pupils and their parents at a recent literacy evening. Emma has praised the school for placing such a high emphasis on literacy for all of the children attending Markethill High School.

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August 25 In the Press

New build school Markethill

Pupil numbers increase to 515 as community renews calls for new build and sixth form

Markethill High School remains on the Education Authority’s priority list for a new build school. Since August 2012 the school has been campaigning for a new build school and sixth form.

The Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir, has written to Principal James Maxwell to say he commends the ongoing good work at the school and says he hopes to visit the school imminently. The school says campaigning for a new build school and sixth form provision remains top of the agenda at Markethill High.

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August 25 In the Press

GCSE results in Markethill

High achievers at Markethill High School celebrate as over 90% get five or more GCSEs

Students at Markethill High School have excelled themselves yet again this year with over 90 per cent of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs.

This is a new record for the school as twelve students achieved seven A*-A grades or more, over 80 per cent passed GCSE English and the pass rate for Maths is sitting at over 75 per cent which is higher than the Northern Ireland averages. The school is continuing its campaign for a new build school and sixth form provision.

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February 29 In the Press

£150,000 investment announced for Markethill High a ‘step in the right direction’

The Department of Education have announced a £150,000 investment for Markethill High School – a move which has been welcomed by the school.

Principal James Maxwell said the £146,300 investment for the provision of prefabricated accommodation shows the Education Minister is taking positive steps to provide better facilities for the school and its pupils. Mr Maxwell reiterated the school’s sights are firmly set on a new build and sixth form provision.

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January 4 In the Press

Markethill High School hailed ‘one of the best’ for attendance ahead of Open Day

Markethill High School will host its annual Open Night on January 13 where the principal, James Maxwell, will welcome parents and prospective pupils to Mowhan Road.

The school has recently been identified by the Education and Training Inspectorate as a school which is one of the best in Northern Ireland for attendance rates. Markethill High School’s attendance is a priority in the school’s Development Plan and is key in the school’s pastoral system. Here’s the story:

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December 8 In the Press

New build school in sight as Markethill campaign continues for its pupils

The Education Authority has confirmed this week that Markethill High School remains on its priority list for a much needed new build school – a campaign which has been ongoing for over three years.

The school, headed by principal James Maxwell, has full community support for the campaign for a new build and a sixth form. Markethill High School is sustainable, viable, achieves academically and is in a strong financial position to grow. The school says a new build school must come soon.

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September 30 In the Press

Opportunities define who we are, Principal tells Key Stage Three pupils

Markethill High School is a co-educational 11-16 Comprehensive School situated in the town. Since 1959 the school has been educating pupils of all abilities from a wide geographical area.

The principal and Board of Governors gathered this week to host the Keystage Three prizegiving which celebrates the success of its pupils. Principal James Maxwell marked the occasion by encouraging pupils to look for opportunities to get the best out of their education.

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September 29 In the Press

Markethill High School wins International School Award from British Council

Markethill High School is a school which continues to thrive and its most recent accolade is winning the British Council International School Award which was celebrated at the school.

A British Council assessor said: “This is an outstanding action plan and a credit to your school. Markethill High School has clearly demonstrated its continued commitment to embedding internationalism into the curriculum during the years it has been involved in the International School Award.”

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August 20 In the Press

Markethill High School students achieve best GCSE results in the school’s history

The students at Markethill High School have excelled themselves yet again by achieving the best ever GCSE results in the school’s history.

Principal James Maxwell and the Board of Governors have passed on their congratulations to the pupils at the school this morning. More than 80 per cent achieving five or more GCSEs and a record 68 per cent achieving 5 or more A*-C including English and Maths. Here’s the full story:

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June 15 In the Press

Minister has ‘serious and urgent’ questions to answer says Markethill High School

Markethill High School is calling on the Education Minister to be transparent about his recent decisions in relation to requests for temporary variations in admissions.

The Minister refused Markethill High School and St Paul’s in Bessbrook but then did a U-turn on his St Paul’s decision which then saw St Paul’s being allocated an extra 24 places. The newly elected MP Mickey Brady described this as ‘Team Sinn Fein delivering for people on the ground’. Here’s the full story.

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June 2 In the Press

Anger among parents as Minister refuses extra places at Markethill High School

The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, and MP Mickey Brady have caused outrage over decisions and comments about school admissions.

Parents, pupils and the Board of Governors are furious that the Minister refused Markethill High School an additional seven places but awarded another school an extra 24 places. Parents are reeling also over comments made by the area’s new MP. The school is encouraging parents to take action. Here’s the full story:

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April 28 In the Press

BBC News School Report gives pupils the chance to make the headlines

The BBC News School Report project is a programme, which is hosted by the BBC UK wide, which gives pupils the opportunity to make their own news.

The collaborative programme, which is run by BBC News and BBC Learning, helps students develop their journalistic skills to become school reporters. Markethill High School is one of 1,000 schools UK wide to have taken part in the biggest ever School Report News Day. Here’s the full story:

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March 8 In the Press

Tyrone Author inspires Markethill High School pupils in World Book Day celebration

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, books, illustrators and perhaps most importantly, a celebration of reading.

So what better way for Markethill High School to celebrate than invite Tyrone author Emma Heatherington to the school to talk about storytelling, imagination and stimulation. Emma’s talk was inspiring and stimulating. Her passion for books is very powerful. Principal James Maxwell extends a huge thank you!

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February 15 In the Press

Markethill High School one of top three non-selective Controlled Schools in NI

Markethill High School has been ranked by the Irish News as one of the top three Controlled non selective schools in Northern Ireland in this year’s annual listings

The school, which offers pupils 27 GCSE subjects in-house, offers one of the strongest and broadest curricula for its pupils in the whole of Co Armagh. This year the school celebrated its highest ever pass rates in GSCE English, currently sitting at 19 per cent above the NI average.

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