Further education students across Wrexham are waking up this morning to find out if all their hard work and studies has paid off.
Results across the county borough are being broadly similar to last year – with a significant increase in the percentage of pupils achieving A* and A grades.
Locally Coleg Cambria have been the first to announce its results, with a students achieving a staggering 99%overall A Level pass rate.
The overall pass rate for grades A* – C at the institution’s sites in Wrexham and Deeside is 82%.
The top performing courses included Biology, English Literature and Welsh, and 29 subjects secured a perfect pass rate of 100%.
AS Level students also raised the bar, with an overall 95% of students passing courses such as Further Maths, which was the stand out programme.
Chief Executive David Jones paid tribute to the students and staff for the hard work which has seen the college break all previous records.
“After our success last year it’s amazing to see we have continued to improve and achieved the best results in the college’s history,” said Mr Jones.
“I’m not surprised because I know how hard the students work; the expertise and support of our staff combined with the major investment we have made in cutting-edge facilities has contributed greatly toward this landmark, but, ultimately, it is down to the students ability, drive and determination.
“I would like to thank them for the way they have represented Coleg Cambria and congratulate everyone who received their grades today. We wish them all the best for the future and will always be here if they need us.”
The very first cohort at the college’s £14m Deeside Sixth Form Centre also received their results today, securing 98% overall, with 20 out of 22 subjects taught on-site achieving a 100% pass rate.
Principal Sue Price said the impressive result – and figures of 99% for Yale in Wrexham – reinforce Cambria’s outstanding reputation for top-quality education.
“We are thrilled to see more students than ever before achieve perfect grades, it’s testament to their hard work and that of our lecturers and staff,” said Mrs Price.
“The college is growing all the time, whether that be in academic stature, innovative and state-of-the-art facilities, or our apprenticeships and work-based learning.
“The results prove once again that the students and their futures are the top priority of everyone at Coleg Cambria, and we are focused on helping them to lay firm foundations for their chosen career.”
For more on Coleg Cambria’s A Level results, visit www.cambria.ac.uk
Staff and students at the Maelor Sixth, part of the Maelor School in Penley, are also celebrating as the school exceeded its previously excellent A Level results.
All students achieved at least 2 A levels or equivalent and four fifths achieved these at A*-C. The school also had more A* and A grades at A level than ever before.
Headteacher Simon Ellis said: “I am overwhelmed with these outstanding results. Students and their families are to be congratulated for all their hard work and perseverance to achieve these superb grades.”
Director of Sixth form Penny Ellwood added: “This year group have been a pleasure to teach, they have remained focused and dedicated and I am so pleased to see them achieve these amazing results.
“I wish them all well as they now go on to university and apprenticeships.”
Elsewhere across the county borough Ysgol Rhiwabon is also celebrating another successful set of A Level results achieved by its Sixth Form.
Notable areas of success this year include:
– 100% pass rate at level 3
– The majority of passes at grades A-C
– A third of the grades at A* to B
– Excellent results were achieved in all vocational subjects, where the majority of grades were Distinction or Distinction Star level.
– 75% A-C pass rate in the new Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Headteacher, Mrs Ferron-Evans said: “Yet again we are very proud of our sixth form students.
“This year’s grades reflect a huge amount of hard work across a broad range of subjects from the students and staff in the school.
“These results will allow our youngsters rich opportunities to further their studies at university or to enter the world of work as confident individuals.
“We wish them continued success in the future.”
Once again, the sixth form students at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd have been successful with almost a quarter of the cohort attaining at least one A grade.
The top 7 performing students attained 7 A* and 15 A grades between them and they have all secured places at Russell group universities.
Welcoming today’s results, Cllr Phil Wynn, lead member for education, said: “Congratulations are due to all our pupils, who put in no small amount of work in order to achieve these results – they should be proud of themselves.
“Those congratulations should also be extended to teachers, parents, carers and school staff, and I wish all our pupils well as they go on to further education, training or employment.”
Ian Roberts, Wrexham’s head of education, said: “There have been many outstanding achievements by students of all abilities, and I would like to thank the schools and their teachers for their commitment and professionalism in supporting the learners – and also the parents for their support.”
*Featured image students at the Maelor Penley: Mary Mc Bain 3A*’s and 1A- going to study Biochemistry at Oxford University, Robert McMinn 1A*,2A’s 1B – Going to study Biology at Birmingham University and Henry Morgan 2 A* 1A 1B – Studying Maths at Warwick university.