May 12 In the Press

Markethill High School first in UK to receive European excellence award

By Eleanor McGillie

MARKETHILL High School is celebrating being the first school to have ever been awarded with European excellence at a conference in Leuven in Belgium.

The award, presented at a Civic Reception during the annual European Studies Conference at the Institute of Ireland, was the result of a collaboration and innovative project carried out by Class 10JC who teamed up with pupils in Dublin and Spain.

The students used a range of media technology to engage with students from across Europe and work was then uploaded to the SELB’s European Studies communication platform.

The students used letter writing, recipe sharing and cooking to communicate with the European students and used videography to show off completed projects.

Teachers Clare Henry and Kirsten Davis travelled to Brussels to attend the Civic Reception during which the European Studies Programme Excellence in Group Collaboration Award was presented.

Clare Henry, Markethill High School’s programme co-ordinator, paid tribute to the European Studies Unit in Armagh.

She said: “The unit works tirelessly to provide pupils with opportunities to interact and collaborate with other young people in Europe. This is the first time the award has been presented to any school and Markethill High School is delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award.”

In 2012 MarkethillHigh School also won the British Academy Best School in Northern Ireland for Modern Languages and was shortlisted to the final three schools in the United Kingdom.




Markethill High School is a co-educational 11-16 Comprehensive School situated on a spacious site adjacent to the town. Since 1959 the school has been educating pupils of all abilities drawn from a wide geographical area. The school’s ethos is ‘Believe To Achieve’.

  • Markethill High School is the Best School in Northern Ireland for Modern Languages
  • In September 2013, The Minister for Education John O’Dowd congratulates Markethill High School for being one of 11 schools in Northern Ireland which successfully bridges the gap between social disadvantage and educational attainment
  • In October 2013 the ETI report that Markethill High School is a school of ‘very good practice’ and commends all aspects of school life
  • In November 2013 Harper Adams University in Ireland announces a collaboration with Markethill High School to lead the way in education in Northern Ireland by encouraging pupils to take up careers in agriculture
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