Pupils and teachers celebrate Wales’ best-ever A-level results
THE anxious wait for thousands of students across Wales came to an end last Thursday as they finally got their hands on their A-level results.
Wales recorded its best-ever results this year, pulling slightly ahead of the UK national figure.
Schools across Bridgend recorded positive results, with many pupils securing places at university.
Here is how every school in Bridgend performed in 2018:
Bryntirion Comprehensive School
Teachers and pupils at Bryntirion Comprehensive School are celebrating a record set of A-level results this year.
More students than ever before are set to move on to university this year after 91% of pupils achieved an A* to C grade.
The school also reported a 100% pass rate in the Welsh Baccalaureate, and 40% of pupils achieved an A* or A in their exams.
Every student achieved the Level 3 threshold and 11 individuals bagged at least three A* or A grades.
Headteacher Nick Brain said: “It is pleasing to report outstanding results from all students.
“This performance reflects a strong commitment by students, parents and teachers to achieve academic results of the highest standard.
“As a school, we wish to congratulate everyone and wish each student good luck and success for the future.” Brynteg School Pupils at Brynteg School celebrated another year of outstanding results across the board.
Joe Davies and Dylan Parry both achieved A* grades in all of their qualifications.
The school said perfor- mance in BTEC qualifications was just as strong, with a large number achieving a distinction grade.
A spokesperson for the school said: “Whilst it is important to recognise the performance of pupils at the highest grades, we are equally as proud of those pupils who have achieved well at other grades and who, in many cases, have achieved well above their predicted level.
“These pupils also deserve huge congratulations.”
Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen
Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen celebrated an “outstanding result”, with a significant improvement on the year before.
The percentage of passes at A* to C stood at an impressive 72%, with 82% of students who applied to university getting into their first-choice university.
Head of school Tracey Wellington said: “It has been a great privilege to work with so many fabulous students and their families.
“We are proud of their achievements and the positive mindset that they have shown. We are confident that they will go on to excel in their chosen field.
“This is also testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.”
Elis Evans, who bagged three A* grades, is headed for Durham University to study maths.
Head girl Chloe Thomas achieved an A*, two A grades and a B, and will be going to the University of Oxford to study biology. Cynffig Comprehensive School
It was another success story at Cynffig Comprehensive School.
Headteacher Hannah Castle said 70% of grades were A* to C grade.
She said: “This year we saw a pleasing [increase] in the number of pupils achieving three A*-C grades and securing the Welsh Baccalaureate.”
Maesteg Comprehensive School
At Maesteg Comprehensive School, 60% of pupils bagged at least two A* to C grades in their Alevels, and 100% achieved two A-levels at A* to E overall.
Evan John achieved three A grades and a B and will be going on to study law at the University of Exeter.
A school spokesperson said: “We are pleased to see so many of our pupils gaining places at some of the country’s top universities and securing valuable apprenticeships.
“These results reflect the dedication of our staff, parents and governors to raise the aspirations of our pupils so that they strive to achieve their very best and compete with the best also. They have made us all extremely proud.”
Pencoed Comprehensive School
Pencoed Comprehensive School also enjoyed an improvement in grades compared to last year.
A-level and Level 3 courses at the school are delivered through the Penybont Sixth Form College.
The percentage of students gaining three A* to C grades (including the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate) increased from last year.
All pupils entered for two or more qualifications gained the Level 3 threshold, with 93% of pupils gaining the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
Porthcawl Comprehensive School
The 127 students who sat exams at Porthcawl Comprehensive School gained a total of 271 qualifications.
The pass rate at A* to E this year stands at 99%, with 32.5% of passes at A* to A.
A total of 12 pupils achieved three A grades or more.
Headteacher Andrew Slade described the results as “excellent” and that they would “ensure Porthcawl students have secured places at some of the best universities in the country”.
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd reported positive results ahead of its 10th-anniversary term in September.
All pupils were entered into Level 3 qualifications and 100% achieved two or more A* to E grades.
Of all the qualifications awarded, 20% were A* to A grades and 69% were A* to C.
Learners who achieved four Level 3 qualifications or more stood at 69%.
Headteacher Meurig Jones said: “We are proud in our Level 3 results this year.
“This is testament to the hard work of the learners and staff in gaining good results and we wish them the very best as they continue to either further studies, employment or work based training.”
Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School
A third of students at the school bagged at least one A grade, and 25% achieved more than three A grades or more.
More than 60% of students received offers from Russell Group universities – widely considered the best in the UK.
Student Morgan Phil- lips achieved four A* grades in his A-levels and has secured his place at the University of Cambridge to study natural sciences.
Georgina Taylor bagged two A*s and two A grades in her exams, and will also be moving to Cambridge to study theology in September.
Headteacher Mrs Keller said: “It is amazing that once again over a third of results were at A grade and above.
“However, for me, what has made this year group stand out has been their generous spirits and the aspirational example that they have set the rest of the school.
“They have not just set the bar high in terms of examination performance, but the service they have given our school community.”
Brynteg School pupils posing with their results
Porthcawl Comprehensive School pupils celebrate
Maesteg Comprehensive School pupils open their results