Pupils and teach­ers cel­e­brate Wales’ best-ever A-level re­sults

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - MAR­CUS HUGHES mar­cus.hughes@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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