It’s a nerve wracking day for the thousands of Wrexham secondary school students who are eagerly waiting to find out the outcome of their GCSEs.
Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead member for Education said that students across Wrexham “can be very proud of their achievements.”
He continued: “They have worked hard to do so well and I would like to congratulate them for their efforts and also to thank teachers, support staff and parents for their support to the students”
Ian Roberts, Chief Officer for Education and Early Intervention said: “The results achieved by the pupils across the Borough are the result of a great deal of hard work and commitment.
“Pupils of all abilities have done very well and we should all be proud of their achievements. Many thanks to our schools and to the families of the pupils for all of their support and encouragement.
“I wish all of the pupils the very best for the future whether they continue to study or to enter the world of work.”
Ysgol Rhiwabon staff, students and Governors are celebrating another successful year of Key Stage 4 achievements with record results in core subjects and across a broad range of courses.
The school is delighted to report that:-
– Every student is leaving compulsory education with a minimum of 5 qualifications.
– Excellent results in the core subjects where Maths and Science have broken all recent school records.
– A significant increase in the number of the cohort achieving the upper grades A* – B across their subjects, with some outstanding individual performance.
The school is proud of the achievements of this year’s students as they prepare for further education or the world of work.
Headteacher, Mrs Ferron-Evans said: “This is a year group which has worked very hard to secure success, attending lots of extra lessons and revision sessions and we are so proud of their achievements. There are some excellent individual performances.
“On behalf of the school and the Governing Body, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for the incredible amount of hard work and dedication shown across a wide range of studies.
“The results will enable our young people to further their studies in further education or to enter the world of work as confident and successful individuals. We wish them continued success and happiness in the future.”
Headteacher Andy Brant said: “We are delighted that so many of our students have achieved fantastic results.
“Young people such as Emilia Voinea, Charlotte Davies, Holly Davies and Natan Sitarz have embodied our values and it is a privilege to share their celebrations.
“A special mention must also go to Ellie Porter-Ames, who achieved excellent academic results and has been accepted by the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).
“I would like to thank all colleagues and parents for their support and commitment.
“Without high expectations and relentless drive, many students would not be heading proudly and confidently to the colleges or sixth forms of their choice.
Maelor School Penley
The Maelor School is celebrating outstanding GCSE results which are amongst the best in Wales.
With 84% achieving at least a C in English, 80% in Maths and 88% in Science, the pupils have broken all previous records since the exams changed a number of years ago.
Headteacher Mr Simon Ellis, said: “As a year group they have shown tremendous dedication to their studies with a record number achieving 5A*/A and 100% achieving at least 5 GCSE passes. Our pupils have exceeded their potential.
“I’d like to thank the hard work of the pupils, parents and teaching staff for yet again delivering these stunning grades.”
Deputy Headteacher Mrs Lynn Lloyd, added: “As a year group they were exceptionally well behaved and focused on their studies, I am not surprised that they have done so well.
“I know many are staying on to our 6th form, but I wish those who are leaving us for more vocational courses the very best of luck in the future. They have been a pleasure to work with.”
Students at Ysgol Clywedog are certainly celebrating this week after publication of their record breaking GCSE results, with a 40% improvement in the number of students gaining 5 or more A* – C grades including English and maths.
Head teacher Mr Matt Vickery said: “I am thrilled and delighted with the performance of all year 11 students. The results confirm the continuing improvements across the school, where academic standards have jumped significantly. There has been a record breaking success with a 40% increase on last year. We are so pleased that our students have performed so well.
“These results are testimony to the incredible hard work and dedication of the staff and students at the school. Everyone has worked tirelessly to achieve such outstanding success and is to be congratulated. I am very proud of what has been achieved and know that the students thoroughly deserve these excellent results.
“The results were boosted by the school’s intensive programme of additional intervention and tuition. This programme has been focused on getting the very best out of each individual student and as the results show, has proved to be highly successful.
“Whilst we are reluctant to single out students it is worth noting that there were, as ever, some exceptional individual performances by students in year 11:
Morgan Taylor achieved 7 A* and 4 A’s
David Thomas achieved 5 A*, 4 A and 3 B’s
Kashaf-Ul-Noor achieved 5 A*, 3 A and 2 B’s
Dominika Jurczuk achieved an A in A level Polish, 3 A*, 4 A and 2 B’s
Cerys Owen achieved an A*, 4 A and 7 B’s
Emma McCubbin achieved an A*, 4 A and 5 B’s
Charlotte Hutchinson achieved 5 A and 7 B’s
Billy Humphreys achieved 5 A and 4 B’s
“In addition these results mean that every single student has achieved qualifications and we wish them all the best as they move on to the next phase of their education.”
St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School
St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School is delighted to celebrate the GCSE examination success of its Year 11 pupils.
The results are once again amongst the best, achieving top scores locally in the Key Performance Indicators.
Among the students collecting their results today are Wiktoria Milcanowska and Dorian Somerfeld who each achieved 15 A*/A grades; Niamh Collins, Mary Hazel and Emma Hinde who have collected 14 A*/A grades; and fourteen other pupils who each achieved more than 10 A*/A grades.
In addition to this, over a third of our Year 11 pupils achieved 5 or more A*/A grades – this marks another significant achievement in the history of the school.
This strong performance continues to be a strength of the school and contributes towards the total of 455 A*/A grades achieved and around a third of all grades awarded.
Headteacher, Mr C Wilkinson, said: “The results this year contain another series of ‘best ever’ performances for individual pupils, but also for the school.
“I am of course delighted with the performance of all our pupils. However, this year is extremely noteworthy as we excel in a whole host of indicators and surpass the ‘400 points’ mark in the new Capped 9 progress measure – placing us amongst the best schools in Wales, and certainly within the locality.
“It is therefore with great pride that I commend all pupils and every member of staff for such a strong set of results.
“I am confident that these pupils now leave St. Joseph’s with a secure footing for the future, equipped with the skills and qualifications that will allow them to continue to flourish. I wish them all the very best for the future.”
In Religious Education, where 88% of pupils achieved A*- C grades, and an A*/A total from 50% of the cohort.
The school is also celebrating excellent Welsh Baccalaureate results, and outstanding success in the Skills Challenge certificate where 93% of the cohort achieved a GCSE A*-C grade.
Across Wales this is the first year pupils are taking the new Welsh Second Language GCSE following removal of the short course option. While more challenging, the rise in entry numbers has resulted in a 12.5% increase of learners attaining an A*-C in the full course qualification.
This year, an additional 1,500 learners sat GCSE Science exams, building on last year’s significant increase in uptake. This continuing culture change is a consequence of the move away from blanket entries into vocational science qualifications at 16.
The main figures from today’s provisional results in Wales include:
- Overall performance has increased: 62.8% achieving A*-C overall (up 1.2% points)
- A*- A pass rate remained stable at 18.4%
- The percentage of pupils gaining A*-A and A*-C grades in all individual sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) has risen
- The number of pupils who sat GCSE English Literature has increased by 22.8%, with over 2,800 more achieving A*-C grades compared with 2018
- 58.1% of students achieved grade A*-C in GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy, and 59% achieved grade A*-C for GCSE Mathematics (the outcome obtained by 16 year olds, as set out by the JCQ)
Speaking during her visit to King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: “Today we have seen an improvement in overall performance across Wales.
“I would like to congratulate all learners receiving their results today and to thank the teachers who have worked so hard to deliver these new qualifications.
“Last year we saw a dramatic increase of 50% in entries for science GCSEs. I am pleased to see that entries and results are continuing on the upward trend, with more pupils gaining A*-C and more achieving the very top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
“This increase in learners being entered means more young people are accessing qualifications that lead to greater opportunities for further science study and careers, paving the way for the future scientists of Wales.”
Discussing recent changes to Welsh Second Language GCSE, the Minister said: “This was the first year learners sat the new Welsh Second Language GCSE full course, following removal of the short course option last year.
“As this is a more challenging qualification, it was expected that overall attainment would be effected with many more learners taking the new full course. However, the number of pupils achieving A*-C results are up by over 1,300.
“There is still work to be done, but the new GCSE provides learners with a stronger focus on speaking, listening, and using the language practically in their day to day lives.”
Pictured: Students at Ysgol Clywedog
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