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8 News THE A LEVEL examination


results published on Thursday (Aug 18) by the WJEC indicate that very high standards are being maintained in the schools of Ceredigion. 97.9% of entries for WJEC


examinations were graded A* to E, with 23.9% of the entries achieving the top ’A’ grades. Tables of results show Ceredigion’s


continuing trend of improvement and above-average achievement: County Councillor Hag Harris,


Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, stated: “Once again Ceredigion students have excelled in their A level results and my sincere congratulations goes to all concerned. Their success places them in a strong position to move forward to higher education, training or employment and I wish them all the best for the future. “Schools have had to deal


with a great deal of change with new specifications and assessment arrangements in many subjects. They must be congratulated on their success in maintaining such high standards whilst managing these changes.” Mr Barry Rees, Strategic Director


for Learning and Partnerships, added: “These very pleasing results are the culmination of the hard work of students and their teachers, along with the invaluable support of their families. “These achievements must be


placed in the context of an extremely high number of entries once again due


to the very high numbers in Ceredigion who stay in school to study in the sixth form. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing contribution the Welsh Baccalaureate makes to students’ achievements. In many cases, this has enabled students to access university courses of their choice.” Hugh Thomas, Head of Ysgol


Gyfun Emlyn, said: “The school is very proud of all the students, nearly all of whom have gained a place in their first choice university. “I would like to congratulate all of


our students and express my gratitude to the staff for their hard work and to the parents and the governing body for their support. “We wish all our students every success in the future.” “One hundred percent of pupils


achieved the Level 3 threshold of at least 2 A Level qualifications or equivalent at A* - E. A total of 32% of grades were A* or A with 54% of grades at A* - B. 86% of grades were at A* - C,” Mr Thomas said. “The school is pleased to report


another set of excellent ‘A’ Level results. “The consistent success over


recent years is a tribute to our hard working students, the support of parents and the dedication of our excellent staff at Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn.” Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for


Education and Skills, Llyr Gruffydd, said: “My warmest congratulations to those receiving their results today, the fruit of years of hard work and study,


despite the inevitable disappointment some will feel. “We should also pay tribute to our


teachers for the invaluable part they have played.” Education Secretary Kirsty


Williams said: “Today is about celebrating the success of our pupils. I want to congratulate everyone receiving their results and thank them for all their hard work. This is such an important day and I wish them all the best as they make important decisions about their next steps in life.” Staff and sixth form students were


also celebrating outstanding A Level results at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi this week. 100% of students achieved the


level 3 threshold (at least 2 A Level qualifications at grades A*-E or equivalent), compared to the Welsh average of 97.3%. 37% of grades awarded were A* or A. 60% of grades were at A*-B, and 82% of grades awarded were at A*- C. The Welsh Baccalaureate


Qualification again proved very successful with 98% of candidates achieving the full Advanced Level Diploma at grades A*-B; and 68% of the Welsh Bac grades were A* or A. Headteacher Nicola James said:


“The staff and governors are very proud of these A Level results, which are richly deserved by our hardworking students. The fact that we have so many students achieving excellent results and gaining places at top Russell Group universities across the country in a variety of disciplines is a source of tremendous pride to us all, and demonstrates our ongoing


commitment to raising the aspirations of our young people and to serving our community well. Every student who applied to university is now successfully moving on to the next step in their educational careers, and they are well placed to lead fulfilling and productive lives. I congratulate the students on their achievements, and I wish them all every success for the future. I thank the staff for their hard work and commitment, and I thank all the parents for their support too.”


THE HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016


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Ceredigion students above average at A-Level


Grade A* - A Grade A* - E


Comparison with Wales Ceredigion 23.9% 97.9%


Wales 22.7% 97.3%


Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn: Notable successes included - Thorin Bristow (A*, A, A, A) Mollie Cook (A*, A, A, A, A)


Teifi Drew (A*, A, A, B) Caitlin Lowry (A, A, A, A ) Maisie Gunn-Wilson (A, A, A) Leia Morrison (A*, Dist*, A, B)


Ysgol Aberaeron students: Celebrating their success


Left to right: Swyn Williams, Mark Thomas, Anwen Rockley, Mathew Collins, Celyn James, Matthew Jones, Lowri Spencer, Oliver James. Unable to be present: Anna Bezulska, Bethan Phillips. The photo was taken by Julie John.


Comparison with 1996 1996


2016 % Grades A* - A 20.0% Grades A* - C 61.8% Grades A* - E 91.9% No.’s 140 433 644 % 23.9% 78.1% 97.9% No.’s 244 797 1000


Improvement %


3.9% 16.3% 6.0%


No.’s 104 364 356


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