Useful Information 2021
A programme of rapid testing for COVID-19 is now being offered to all staff and senior pupils in post-primary schools. This programme will begin in March and run until June 2021.
The test is carried out using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD). For more information download our Guide To Lateral Flow Testing.
Click here to watch the ‘how to test’ video.
Information on what to do if you have a positive or negative result is detailed in the following flow chart.
- Terms & Holidays 2020-2021
- Reporting Absences
- Transport Arrangements
- School Uniform Regulations
- Guides on Exam Conduct
- Exam Results Summary
- Requesting Exam Certificates
- 2020 GCSE Advice
- Reporting Absence
- Illness During The School Day
- Absence due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances
As part of the College’s Covid risk assessment we can no longer accept paper documentation to report pupil absences from school.
All absences and appointment requests such as medical appointments should now be reported via the School Gateway app. Details concerning this process were recently sent home to all parents. You may also contact school using the Schoolcomms system (for which you must have registered) using the number 01287244005. I would ask that you ensure you text before 9.00am.
Please text (or phone) on each day of absence. If you have signed up to our App or Schoolcomms system you will receive a text if your son/daughter is neither in Tutor group registration nor registered elsewhere in the school and we have not received a text or telephone call from you.
Alternatively, if you need to give a more detailed explanation you may telephone the number below before 9.00am:
Junior School: Mrs Henderson 02890 205206
Middle School: Mrs Sutton 02890 205213
Senior School: Mrs Allen-Antuna 02890 205226
As you are aware, we ask that medical appointments, family holidays etc. are arranged outside school hours. However, in exceptional circumstances, if your son/daughter has to miss part of a day, a full day or more than one day then you should contact the school via the App or Schoolcomms system. All requests for planned absence should be made at least three days in advance.
The school should be informed about any Covid related absences and if a pupil/member of the household tests positive then Public Health guidance should be followed.
Illness during the school day
If a pupil feels unwell during the school day they should go to the San where Sister will assess their condition. If deemed necessary she will contact the parent and request that the pupil is collected from the college. Pupils must not contacts their parents directly in this regards unless advised to do so by a member of staff.
In the case of absence due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, parents who have signed up for the Schoolcomms system are asked to text the College on 01287 244005 before 9.00 am on each day of absence. Alternatively parents may contact the appropriate Administrative Assistant by phone (see below) who will record the details, or you can leave a message via voicemail.
Mrs R. Henderson
Mrs P. Sutton
Mrs L. Allen-Antuna
The College does not provide special bus services for pupils. Pupils use the main Translink bus and train services for travelling to and from school.
The decision regarding pupil eligibility for a bus or train pass lies with the Education and Library Board for the area in which the pupil lives. The College will distribute travel passes after they have been issued but the original application must be made to the Board. Once a pupil has been accepted into the College, an application form for a travel pass can be obtained from the Education & Library Board website or the College Rolls & Records Department. The form should be completed and returned to the Rolls & Records Dept. in order to be signed/stamped before being sent to the Board for a decision on eligibility/a travel pass to be issued. For pupils already at the College it may be necessary to reapply each September as the Education and Library Boards do not always automatically reissue a travel pass, particularly in the case of 5th form pupils entering the 6th form.
Full timetables as well as news of any changes to the services can be found on their website at www.translink.co.uk. Alternatively, they can be contacted on 028 90 66 66 30.
- Comber / Ballygowan
- Saintfield / Carryduff
- Belfast City Centre
- Four Winds / Cairnshill
- East Belfast
- Dundonald / Ballyhackamore
- North Belfast / Ballysillian
- Finaghy / Dunmurry
- Craigavon / Lurgan
- Upper Newtownards Road
(2) No. 11 (Blue) 7.40am Comber Road
Route (1) Comber Bus Station, Upper Newtownards Road, City Centre
(2) Ballygowan, Saintfield, Carryduff, Stranmillis Road
Arrive (1) 8.10am (Laganside Bus Station)
(2) 8.10am (Stanmillis Road)
Return (1) No. 5h (Metro), 4pm (outside Centre on Malone Road)
(2) No. 11 (Blue) 4.10pm (from Laganside Bus Station in City Centre)
Depart (1) No. 15 (Blue) 7.35am
(2) No. 18H (Blue) 7.45am
Route (1) Saintfield Bus Station, Carryduff, Saintfield Road
(2) Carryduff, Saintfield Road
Arrive (1) 8.10am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
(2) 8.10am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
Return (1) No. 15 (Blue) 15.15pm (outside Centra on Malone Road)
(2) No. 18 (Blue) 15.15pm (outside Centra on Malone Road)
Depart (1) Four Winds - No. 15H/18H (Blue) 07.55am & 8am (there are earlier and later ones)
(2) Cairnshill- No.7A (Metro) 7.32 or 7.43am
Route (1) Saintfield Road to MCB
(2) Cairnshill, Forestside, Ormeau Road, QUB
Arrive 8.20am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
Return No. 7A/7B (Metro) 3.23pm, every 7 minutes behind QUB (or if going home later, take bus from Centra - see Ballynahinch information)
Roselawn/ Castlereagh Hills Area
Depart (1) No. 7A (Metro) (every 25 minutes)
(2) No. 6A (Metro) every 10 minutes
Route (1) Four Winds Forestside, MCB
(2) Cregagh Road, City Centre
Arrive (1) (Behind QUB)
(2) City Centre
Return (1) No. 7A (Metro) 3.23pm, behind QUB
(2) No.6A (Metro) every 10 minutes
Depart (1) No. 4D (Metro) 7.35am (Ulster Hospital Start Point)
(2) No. 11 (Blue) 7.35am (Grahambridge Road then into Dundonald)
Route (1) Ulster Hospital, Upper Newtownards Road to City Centre (front of City Hall)
(2) Comber Road, Tullycarnet, City Centre
Arrive (1) 8.10am (in City Centre)
(2) 8.10am (in City Centre)
Return (1) No. 4C & 4D (Metro) (from City Centre)
Depart (1) No. 3A (Metro) 7.45am (every 10 minutes)
(2) No. 20 (Metro) 7.45am (every 10 minutes)
Route (1) Tesco's Knocknagoney, Sydenham, Holywood Arches, Newtownards Road, May Street in City Centre
(2) Belmont Road, Holywood Arches, Newtownards Road, May Street in City Centre
Arrive 8.05am (in City Centre)
Return No. 3A (Metro) (May Street in City Centre) 3.45pm (every 10 minutes)
Depart (1) 103 (Blue) enters 8.10am in to Dunmurry from Dunmurry Seymour Hill
(2), 9A(Metro), times:
0705, 0725, 0745, 0759, 0812, 0827, 0843 (18 mins travel time)
Route Conway, Lisburn Road (No. 9 via Dunmurry)18min Travel Time
Return No. 8A/B and 9A (Metro), every 15 minutes to Conway (i.e. between Lisburn and Dunmurry)
Depart (1) No. 524 (Blue), 07.25 am
(2) No. 51 (Blue), 7.30am
Route (1) Lisburn, Hillhall Road, Upper Malone Road
(2) Bus Station, Dunmurry, Finaghy, Balmoral
Arrive (1) 0751 am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
(2) 8.05 am (back gate Fullerton, Lisburn Road, MCB)
Return (1) No. 22 (Blue), 4.10 pm (outside Centra, Malone Road)
(2) No. 51 (Blue), 3.35 pm and 4.10 pm and 4.35pm (back gate Fullerton, Lisburn Road, MCB)
Our uniform identifies pupils as part of the Methodist College community and instils pride in it. Being appropriately dressed helps pupils to develop a positive mind set for learning and supports them in being successful, creative and happy When in uniform all pupils are ambassadors of the school and it is important they look and behave appropriately at all times; be it in school, when travelling to and from school or when representing the school at an outside event. Parental support in this area is important.
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- Uniform List
- PE and Games Uniform
- Second-Hand Uniforms
- Financial Assistance For School Uniforms
- Advice on wearing the school skirt
- Footwear Regulations
- Additional Guidance
- Navy Blazer (boys’ or girls’) with embroidered logo. Sixth Form blazer for Sixth Form pupils.
- White button neck shirt/blouse. It should be tucked into trousers/skirt at all times.
- Methody regulation skirt (navy for Forms 1-5, grey for Sixth Form), worn no shorter than knee length with plain, black opaque tights or grey socks, or,
- Dark charcoal grey, traditional school trousers. Full length & regular fit. To be worn with plain black or grey socks.
- School tie, to be worn up to the top button (fastened) and tied correctly with the College symbol visible below the knot. Other ties (e.g. sports/society ties) are not permitted.
- Plain black school shoes with no more than 6cm heel. Please see guidance on acceptable styles.
- Methody regulation navy or grey V-neck knitted jumper may be worn.
The following items should not be worn:
- Chinos, jeans or ‘jean like’ trousers, skinny jeans or leggings.
- Hooded tops/sweat-tops apart from # (see Regulations following)
- Non-uniform cardigans/jumpers
- External coats/jackets are not to be worn inside the school building.
All items of uniform should be labelled with the pupil’s name. Pupils who lose items of uniform/equipment should check Lost Property.
Girls Compulsory Items
- Polo shirt
- Lycra shorts
- White ankle socks*
- Non-marking training shoes* (no fashion trainers)
- Games skort
- Hooped Games socks
Boys Compulsory Items
- Athletics vest
- White shorts
- White ankle socks*
- Non-marking training shoes* (no fashion trainers)
- Rugby shirt OR Hockey polo shirt
- Navy rugby shorts OR navy hockey shorts
- Hooped Games socks
- Rugby/football boots are required if playing rugby*
Track suit bottoms (strongly recommended), hooded top, fleece. PE and Games Uniform should be purchased from the shop located in the College, with the exception of those Items marked *.
It is strongly recommended that:
- in contact sports mouth guards and shin guards are worn;
- in sunny weather sun cream should be applied.
The items of PE and Games uniform can only be bought from the Canterbury School Shop located in the College (with the exception of those items marked with an *). The shop is open on Friday before school and at lunchtime on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during term time. It is open at other times during August, before the start of the autumn term.
Pupils going home after Games or after school practices are permitted to wear either full school uniform, including blazer, or MCB track suit bottoms and top/regulation hoodie, (but not a mixture of school uniform and Games/PE kit.).
If a pupil is representing the College on a team, agreed MCB apparel must be worn.
Uniform Regulations for ALL Pupils involved in Sporting Activities during the School Day other than Afternoon Games If pupils are involved in a sporting activity from the beginning of the school day they may only come to school in their tracksuit if they have been given permission to do so by the Head of PE.
If pupils are leaving for a sporting activity during the day they come into school in their uniform and they change at the following times:
- Leaving between break and lunch – change at break time;
- Leaving after lunch – change at lunch time;
- Leaving at the end of school for a match or practice – change after school.
If pupils return during the course of the school day they must change into full uniform.
School PE Kits can be purchased from the School Sports Shop located within Methodist College Campus.
School Sports Shop Opening Hours:
Tuesday & Thursaday: 1:00pm -1:30pm
Friday: 08:00am-8:45am & 12:45 -1:15pm
Financial Assistance towards the cost of school uniform is available for some pupils through the Educations Authority’s clothing allowance. The eligibility criteria are the same as those used for free school meals. Please contact the Head of Pastoral Care, Mrs Logan for more information. There is also a Principal’s Discretionary Fund details of which can be obtained from the school website or the Principal’s office.
The skirt should be worn to sit at knee level as shown below. It should not be altered in terms of length. Skirts purchased which are too short will have to be returned and you will be asked to purchase a new skirt of the appropriate length. In Forms 1-5 pupils wear the navy skirt, 6th Form wear the grey skirt.
Below are examples of acceptable footwear.
Please note that the following do not conform to the College regulations and must not be worn with College uniform:
- Shoes with white or coloured soles/rim/logos/trainers or trainer type shoes;
- shoes with suede, Nu- buck or canvas finish;
- stiletto/ kitten /wedge heels/ platform shoes;
- ballet pumps;
- boots/fashion footwear above the ankle.
- Hair should be neat and tidy, natural in colour and conventional in style (minimum #2 clipper, medium/high/skin fades are not permitted i.e. the scalp should not be visible).
- Nails should be natural in colour and should be an appropriate and safe length for a working environment.
- If worn at all make up should be subtle and natural in appearance.
- The following piercings are permitted: ear (no more than 2 small, plain studs/sleepers per ear); nose (a single discreet stud).
- Pupils will be required to remove the following if worn: bars, spacers, hoops and any other facial piercing (e.g. in septum, on eyebrow, on lip).
- If jewellery is worn it should be appropriate and safe for a working environment and not extreme. Pupils are discouraged from wearing valuable items in school.
- Visible tattoos are not permitted.
- #A plain navy fleece may be worn during inclement weather under the blazer, to and from school, but must not be worn during the school day
All pupils are required to conform to these regulations. The cooperation of parent(s)/guardian(s) in this respect is expected. Only regulation uniform should be worn. Infringement of the uniform regulations will result in the issue of a sanction in line with the College’s Positive Behaviour policy.
If for any unavoidable reason a temporary deviation from the Uniform Regulations is required, a written request should be made to the Head of Form. (For example, a pupil may be unable to wear their complete school uniform due to a broken leg or arm. If this is the case, full school tracksuit or tracksuit bottoms and regulation top may be worn).
Deviations from these regulations on the grounds of religious beliefs may be permitted. If the adjustment is not a previously agreed change a request should be made in writing to the Vice Principal (Pastoral) for consideration.
Individualism is not an acceptable reason to depart from the regulations.
The College reserves the right to issue further guidance to pupils during the school year in the event of fashion trends impacting adversely on pupil appearance.
Summary of the 2019 A2, AS and GCSE Examination Results
Summary of the 2018 A2, AS and GCSE Examination Results
Examination Report for 2018
Summary of the 2017 A2, AS and GCSE Examination Results
Examinations Report for 2017
Summary of the 2016 Results for A2, As and GCSE Examinations
Please click here to open the PDF containing the summary of grades for 2016, including the distribution of grades by subject.
Provisional Exam Results 2015
Congratulations to our 5th and 6th Formers on their impressive performance in this year’s public examinations. The percentage of presentations achieving the top A*A grade exceeds significantly the Northern Ireland and UK averages and we are delighted for our 6th Form leavers who are moving on to courses and careers at the next level.
Provisional Exam Results Summary 2015
These achievements are founded on the dedication and hard work of the pupils and the staff, supported by the parents. We are not, however, complacent about our results and all of our staff will continue with the development work that aims to provide every pupil with the opportunity to achieve their best outcome.
Mr S. Naismith
Exam Results 2014
2014 GCSE Level results as a percentage of the presentations
244 candidates, 100% of the year group, entered for 7 or more GCSEs
30 pupils achieved 10+ passes at A*A (12.3% of the year group)
102 pupils achieved 7+ passes at A*A (42% of the year group)
236 pupils achieved 7+ passes at A*-C (97% of the year group)
98% achieved 5 or more GCSEs at 5A*- C
98% achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*- C including English and Maths
95% achieved 7 or more GCSEs at A*- C
93% achieved 7 or more GCSEs at A*- C including English and Maths
In the CCEA exams at GCSE level, Ellen Tully was first in MIA, Edward Small joint first in Economics and Peter Cox was joint third in Additional Mathematics.
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|% with 5 or more grades at A*-C||97.6||99.6||94.2||99||98|
|% with 7 or more grades at A*-C||91.4||97.7||88||98||95|
2014 A Level results as a percentage of the presentations
100% of the year group, entered for 2 or more A levels.
10 pupils achieved 3+A* (4.4% of the year group)
58 pupils achieved 3A*A+ (25.6% of the year group)
168 pupils achieved 3+A*- C (74% of the year group)
In the CCEA exams at A Level, Rory Noble-Turner was joint first in Art and Design, Niall Devlin Second in Further Maths, Victoria Loane Second in Religious Education, Rachel Thompson joint second in Maths, and Jackson Riley joint third in Maths.
|A Level Results Trends||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014|
|% with 2 or more grades at A-E||98.8||100||99||97.9||99.6|
|% with 3 or more grades at A-C||77.6||82.7||77.2||74.4||74.0|
For a breakdown of results by subject, please read the Annual Prospectus 2014-15
Historic Results 2008-2013
Please click on the links below to download PDF documents containing results summaries from previous years.
Summary of 2013 results
EXAM CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE FOR JUNE EXAMS - PLEASE COLLECT
It is the pupil's responsibility to collect their exam certificates when they become available [usually from end of October onwards for exams sat in the summer term]. They will NOT be posted out to the pupil as we require the certificates to be signed for. Pupils at the College should collect GCSE certificates at some time during the course of their 6th form/A-Level studies.
If a pupil leaves the College or if he/she no longer lives locally, a relative or friend can sign for the certificates: just let us know beforehand so that we can check they are here/ have them ready. Certificates will only be posted out in exceptional circumstances and the College will not take any responsibility for certificates that are lost in transit.
If a pupil has lost their certificates, the College cannot replace them and does not have copies. They will need to contact the relevant exam boards to order replacement certificates.
For full details on requesting exam certificates click here.