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Final Destinations

Please download our Final Destinations - Leavers document (to be added shortly) showing the choices made by last year's Upper Sixth after leaving Portora Royal School.

Case Studies:

We want all of our students to be happy and fulfilled during their time here, allowing them to perform to the very best of their academic and personal abilities. We are extremely proud of all our students' achievements whilst at Portora Royal School and always enjoy keeping touch with former students through our alumni, Old Portorans. We produce an alumni magazine which is a great read and demonstrates the diverse range of career paths our students follow after leaving Portora Royal School. We have a few examples here for you.

Science Festival’s Chris McCreery praised by Employment and Learning Minister


Chris McCreery from Lisbellaw who studied Politics at Queen’s University spearheaded Northern Ireland’s first ever Science Festival and organised the world’s biggest ever science lesson. Stephen Farry, NI Employment and Learning Minister commented ‘the festival has offered people a practical, informative and entertaining way to engage with science’.


Science class makes Chris a record breaker

The new Guinness World Record was set when 1,339 year seven and eight students took part in the world’s biggest ever simultaneous science lesson at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. The students carried out a ‘crimatography experiment, which involved solving a crime using science. Mr Creery commented ‘It’s all about trying to inspire a generation of kids with an interest in STEM and celebrating science as a core part of culture and society’.


Fermanagh students lead Harper Ireland Club - James Law and Jack McFarland

James Law from Kesh, who is on the B.Sc Argiculture with Animal Science at Harper Adams, has taken on the role of Chairman of the Harper Ireland Club along with Jack McFarland who is studying B.sc Argiculture with Marketing as Treasurer for the Club. James and Jack said they wanted to experience agricultural life outside Northern Ireland and decided to enrol in Harper Adams.


Ice-Cream maker scoops award

A prestigious UK award has been scooped by Fermanagh ice cream maker Gareth Grey. Gareth runs Tickety Moo Ice Cream at Oghill Farm near Killadeas.  Gareth and his family have built up a thriving business producing more than 150,000 litres of ice-cream a year. In addition to an ice cream shop on the farm, they supply high quality hotels and restaurants across Ireland. His family farm, run by his brother Marcus, was one of the first in Northern Ireland to invest in new robotic technology that allows the  herd of 210 Jersey cows to choose when they want to be milked and enjoy massage and brushing – all performed by robots. This results in high quality milk which is ideal for their premium ice creams. This was confirmed by judges at the National Ice Cream Competition when Gareth won the Open Flavour award for his double caramel and fudge chunk ice cream!


Holiday Village Finn Lough Ltd

Finn Lough Ltd a holiday village situated in the Fermanagh Lakelands at Leggs, is one local business Bank of Ireland UK is supporting as they push forward their plans for growth. Brother and sister Michael and Gillian Beare returned to Northern Ireland three years ago after enjoying careers and travel overseas to take on the running of the family business, that was established by their parents, more than thirty years ago.

Following his degree in Engineering from The University of Oxford, Michael worked in Finance in London with Deloitte and HSBC, then as an independent strategy consultant. He initially came home for three months to update the website. That was when he realised it was time to take over from his parents. “Our parents had run the business for 25 years and the industry had moved on. In the last 10 years there was such a leap in the internet that they just couldn’t keep up with it,” he says. Gillian obtained a degree in Pharmacy from Manchester University and then worked as a pharmacist in Omagh for 18 months, before living and working in Australia and South America for a year.

"Make sure you are prepared to be in it for the long haul.” That is the advice from Michael and Gillian Beare, who gave up promising careers in Finance and Pharmacy to return home to “re-imagine” their parents’ tourism business.


Bringing a smile to Enniskillen for a decade –  James Pattison & David Fawcett

Radiant Dentistry is delighted to be celebrating 10 years of delivering outstanding dental care. The practice, founded by local dentist James Pattison, provides general, cosmetic and family dentistry. James qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1997 and returned to his home town to establish Radiant Dentistry in June 2005.

Growing from strength to strength they employ 10 staff across the three-surgery practices. David qualified from Queens University Belfast with honours in July 2010 and has worked with Radiant Dentistry since. David has a particular interest in restorative dentistry and maintains a comprehensive portfolio of continuing professional development, attending courses to keep up to date with all the advances in modern dentistry. He has recently completed part 1 of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties examination through the Royal College of Surgeons.


Adam Shaw – Intern on Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Adam Shaw from Maguiresbridge, is a second year student at the University of St Andrews studying International Relations and Management. Adam has recently gained a place on the Washington Ireland Programme (WIP). WIP seeks to capture and develop emerging leaders. Adam will complete a Congressional Internship with Congressman Joe Crowley, an Irish American representing New York’s 14th district, on Capitol Hill in Washington this summer 2015.


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