GCSE pupil Lisa Sheridan from Fermanagh is one of many pupils celebrating this weekend from her exam results.
Lisa, a pupil at Collegiate Grammar School in Enniskillen, scored a remarkable 10A* grades and 3As.
She was followed closely at Collegiate by the school’s second best GCSE pupil, Kathryn Dane, who got 10A*s and an A grade. Kathryn plays for Northern Ireland Under 17 girls’ soccer team.
Their success came as the headmistress of a leading school in England suggested that girls’ schools allow their pupils to take risks and to pursue their ambitions.
“There’s a stimulating environment in girls’ schools,” said Rhiannon Wilkinson, head of Wycombe Abbey School, a private girls’ boarding school in Buckinghamshire, which recently topped an A-level league table.
But boys can also achieve remarkable things in a single sex environment. Lisa Sheridan, from Florencecourt, is following in the glittering footsteps of her brother John, an ex-Portora Royal pupil who is studying maths at arguably the best university in world — Harvard, in the US. He received 6 A grades at A Level.