Young­sters cel­e­brate

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - AAMIR MO­HAMMED­hammed@waleson­

THE anx­ious wait for thou­sands of stu­dents across Wales came to an end last Thurs­day as they got their hands on their GCSE re­sults.

Wales’ GCSE pass rate dipped again this year, but the top grades be­ing awarded in­creased.

This year’s GCSE exam re­sults showed 94.7% of pupils in Brid­gend achieved at least five passes each, with 70.6% gain­ing five or more grades at A*-C.

Coun­cil­lor Charles Smith, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, said: “I am de­lighted to see this im­prove­ment in the out­comes for lo­cal school­child­ren and I want to con­grat­u­late all pupils for their hard work and achieve­ments.

“It is won­der­ful to hear the suc­cess sto­ries of so many in all our schools, and I would like to thank all teach­ing and sup­port staff for their ex­cep­tional ded­i­ca­tion to our young peo­ple’s aca­demic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.”

Here is how schools in Brid­gend per­formed:

Bryn­tirion Com­pre­hen­sive School

Stu­dents and staff at Bryn­tirion are cel­e­brat­ing another record year for GCSE re­sults, with 50% of pupils gain­ing an A/A* grade and al­most 21% achiev­ing at least five GCSEs at A*/A.

Chris­tine Jenk­ins, deputy head­teacher, said: “Be­fore re­tir­ing it is won­der­ful to re­port such out­stand­ing re­sults once again. We are in­cred­i­bly proud to cel­e­brate the fan­tas­tic achieve­ments of all our Year 11 stu­dents.

“These re­sults re­flect the hard work and com­mit­ment of stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers to achieve re­sults of the high­est stan­dard.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all and good luck for the fu­ture.” Maesteg School This is the last year that schools in Wales will be judged by how many pupils achieve C grade passes in five GCSEs in­clud­ing maths and English lan­guage. It is also the year that Maesteg School has achieved its best-ever set of GCSE re­sults.

The school said 52.3% of its pupils achieved this goal and 20 pupils achieved at least five A*/A grades. The school praised the ef­forts of the chil­dren, par­ents and teach­ers for their hard work and mo­ti­va­tion for the pupils.

Head­teacher He­len Jones said: “Our pupils have made Maesteg School com­mu­nity proud. The at­mos­phere in school to­day was one of cel­e­bra­tion – jus­ti­fi­ably so. These pupils worked hard from the out­set and were de­ter­mined to do well.

“They have set the bar for fu­ture GCSE stu­dents and em­bod­ied our school ethos of be­ing ‘mo­ti­vated to strive’. Our teach­ers have gone above and beyond to sup­port them and brought about sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments.

“The gov­er­nors, se­nior lead­ers and I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to say thank you and well done to all. I sin­cerely look for­ward to wel­com­ing this suc­cess­ful co­hort back into our sixth form to en­able them to con­tinue to build on their suc­cesses.”

As al­ways, there were some out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances. Par­tic­u­lar men­tion should go to:

Iso­bel Watts – 8A*, 3A, Luke Collins – 7A*, 4A, Rho­dri Thomas – 7A*, 2A, 2B, Eve Wil­son – 6A*, 6A, Bethan Wil­liams – 3A*, 6A, 1B, 1C, Iestyn Lee Davies – 3A*, 5A, 3B, Colby Thomas – 2A*, 7A, 1B, 1C, Ryan An­drews – 2A*, 6A, 1B, 2C, Josh Lloyd – 1A*, 6A, 3B, 2C, Cerys Goldswor­thy – 8A, 3B.

Mrs Jones added: “I am so proud of ev­ery­thing we have achieved this year – this is the start of an ex­cit­ing jour­ney.”

Pen­coed Com­pre­hen­sive School

Stu­dents at Pen­coed Com­pre­hen­sive achieved fan­tas­tic re­sults.

Some 54.5% of pupils in the main stream gained five or more passes at A*-C in­clud­ing math­e­mat­ics and English, with 90.1% gain­ing the Skills Chal­lenge Cer­tifi­cate.

Of the whole Year 11, in­clud­ing pupils from the re­source base for pupils with mod­er­ate learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, 52.4% achieved five passes at A*-C in­clud­ing English and math­e­mat­ics, with 86.5% gain­ing the skills Chal­lenge Cer­tifi­cate.

A spokesper­son for the school said 20 pupils achieved five or more A* and A grades and nine gained 10 or more A*-A grades.

Rhi­an­non Sven­son – 12A*, Emma Pow­son – 7A* and 6A, Liam Ryall-Friend – 6A*, an A and a B. Bryn­teg School More than 60% of pupils achieved five A*-C grades in­clud­ing English and maths.

Ryan Davies, head­teacher at Bryn­teg, said: “The pres­sure which pupils find them­selves un­der to achieve at the high­est level seems to be in­creas­ing year on year and it is so pleas­ing to see that our pupils have risen to this chal­lenge – they are more than ready to face what­ever comes their way.”

Porth­cawl Com­pre­hen­sive School

Porth­cawl Com­pre­hen­sive said 89% of pupils achieved five A*-C grades.

The per­cent­age of pupils who achieved five A*-C grades with English and maths im­proved by al­most 10% to 74%.

Those who gained five A*/A grades im­proved to 35.8%. Head­teacher An­drew Slade praised ev­ery­one at the school

Top per­form­ers in­cluded: Ge­orgina An­der­son, Is­abel Ap­ple­ton, Joshua Aud­s­ley, Sam Gil­bert, Har­ri­son Lewis, Matthew Pugh, Su­nil Vum­miti, Ioan Wil­liams and Sarah Wynne.

Ys­gol Gy­fun Gym­raeg Llang­y­n­wyd

Ys­gol Gy­fun Gym­raeg Llang­y­n­wyd was de­lighted with its re­sults.

“I am ex­tremely proud of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion shown by our learn­ers and staff in en­sur­ing that YGG Llang­y­n­wyd has im­proved on last year’s good re­sults and I thank ev­ery­one, par­ents in­cluded, for their com­mit­ment and sup­port in achiev­ing this tremen­dous goal,” said head­teacher Meurig Jones.

It high­lighted top per­form­ers in­clud­ing:

Dewi Jones – 10A* 4A, Ioan Evans – 8A* 4A 2B, Holly Thomp­son – 5A* 8A 1C, Dewi Jones – 10A* 4A, Ioan Evans – 8A* 4A 2B, Holly Thomp­son (Maesteg) – 5A* 8A 1C.

Arch­bishop McGrath Catholic High School

The school said it achieved the best re­sults in the school’s his­tory.

11% of pupils achieved at least 10 A*/A grades, while 29% of pupils achieved at least five A*/A grades.

One pupil, Is­abella Carter, achieved 15 A* grades de­spite break­ing an an­kle and un­der­go­ing surgery and on­go­ing treat­ment dur­ing the exam sea­son

Another pupil, Welsh in­ter­na­tional Ffion Hig­gin­son, not only achieved 15 A*/A grades but found the time to train and rep­re­sent Wales in the sum­mer ath­let­ics sea­son.

Other no­table achieve­ments in­clude: Tabitha An­thony – 10 A*/A, Emma Attwood – 14 A*/A, Daniel Daly – 14 A*/A, Shea Fran­cis – 10 A*/A, Bethan Hay – 14 A*/A, Olivia Provst­gaard – 15 A*/A, Caitlin McCol­gan – 14 A*/A and Lucy Rathkey – 10 A*/A.

Cynf­fig Com­pre­hen­sive.

At Cynf­fig Com­pre­hen­sive School 72% of pupils picked up five A*-C grades.

The deputy head, Mr M Stephens, tweeted: “Ex­cel­lent day at Cynf­fig Com­pre­hen­sive. All that hard work has paid off! Con­grat­u­la­tions to all pupils. 52% achieved five GCSEs in­clud­ing English and maths, 72% achieved five GCSEs at A*-C and ev­ery pupil achieved at least five A*-G.” St Clare’s Pupils at St Clare’s School in Porth­cawl are cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lent GCSE re­sults, hav­ing sig­nif­i­cantly out­per- formed their peers na­tion­ally.

A stag­ger­ing 95.6% of grades achieved were 4+ (A*-C) while 51.3% of grades awarded were 7+ (A*/A), com­pared to 61.6% and 18.5% re­spec­tively across Wales. Al­most a third of all grades at St Clare’s were 8 or 9, the lat­ter be­ing the equiv­a­lent of an A** to show ex­cep­tional per­for­mance.

A num­ber of in­di­vid­ual pupils ex­celled, in­clud­ing Alys Rids­dale and Ben Martin. Alys’ grades in­cluded eight 9s, two 8s, two 7s, an A* and an A* with Dis­tinc­tion, while Ben’s in­cluded five grade 9s, two 8s, two 7s and A* with Dis­tinc­tion. Sarah Davies, Molly Jones, Jake Brom­head and Huw Tucker also per­formed su­perbly well and will be join­ing St Clare’s ex­cel­lent sixth form in Septem­ber.

Head­teacher He­len Hier said: “It is a plea­sure to cel- ebrate with our staff and stu­dents who have worked so hard to achieve these re­sults. My con­grat­u­la­tions go to all of our GCSE stu­dents and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess as they take their next steps into A-lev­els and beyond.”

St Clare’s de­liv­ers the English cur­ricu­lum for GCSE ex­am­i­na­tions and not the Welsh, which means that its stu­dents sat the new re­formed GCSEs this sum­mer in all sub­jects apart from psy­chol­ogy, busi­ness and fur­ther maths.

The new GCSEs are more ex­act­ing and the ex­am­i­na­tions are sat at the end of Year 11 with very lit­tle or no course­work and rely on the per­for­mance of the pupil on the day.

They cover more chal­leng­ing con­tent and are de­signed to match stan­dards in the strong­est-per­form­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems else­where in the world.

Stu­dents col­lect their re­sults at Porth­cawl Com­pre­hen­sive School

Bryn­teg School pupils with their re­sults

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