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Students across Wrexham are today celebrating success with their GCSE and vocational examination results.

Throughout the morning we will be updating this page with information on the GCSE results from Wrexham students.

Early indicators suggest that more than half (53.4%) of Wrexham students achieved the Level 2+ Threshold indicator which means at least 5 A*-C passes including English or Welsh (first language) and Maths. This is a significant increase on last year’s performance of 50%. More than three quarters (77%) of pupils in Wrexham schools achieved the Level 2 Threshold (at least 5 passes at A*-C), which has maintained the improvement made last year.

In total, 1209 pupils sat a broad range of GCSE, vocational and skills qualifications. Of these, 96% achieved the Level 1 Threshold (at least 5 passes at A*-G) which is an improvement of 5% on last year’s performance.

Councillor Michael Williams, Lead Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “These are very pleasing results and I congratulate our pupils for their diligence and hard work. I wish them well as they move to the next stage of their lives be it further education, training or employment.

“I am particularly pleased to see the significant improvements made at the schools we have worked most closely with over the past 18 months. We will continue to support our schools as together we aspire to achieve educational excellence for young people in Wrexham.”

John Davies, Wrexham’s Head of Life Long Learning said: “I warmly congratulate our young people on all their successes. With support from their teachers, parents and carers, they have worked very hard indeed to achieve this level of performance.

“I am particularly pleased to see the significant improvement in the number of grades achieved at A* – C, particularly in the very important subjects of Language and Mathematics. There have also been many outstanding achievements by students of all abilities and significant improvements made by individual schools.”

Ysgol Rhiwabon

Staff and students at Ysgol Rhiwabon are celebrating some of their best results ever with significant improvements in performance across a range of measures.

89% of students achieved at least 5 A* to C grades with the school being delighted to report a 12% improvement in students achieving % A* to C including English and Maths.

Vocational courses continued their excellent record of success at the school with a 100% pass rate and over 200 high grade passes achieved. 27 of these passes were at the coveted Distinction* grade.

The school has maintained its commitment to supporting children of all abilities to achieve their full potential as no child has left Ysgol Rhiwabon without a qualification.

The Headteacher, Alun Harding, said: “I’m thrilled for all of our students who have done so stunningly well. It’s a reflection of all the hard work they and the staff have put in over the months leading up to these exams. We’ve achieved some of the best results we’ve ever had and this is a testament to the determination and dedication of so many people. It’s fantastic to know that all of the phenomenal hard work put in has paid off.’’

Ysgol Rhosnesni

Mr Nic Harrison, Acting Headteacher of Ysgol Rhosnesni High School in Wrexham was delighted to report that the school had achieved its highest ever GCSE performance which have continued the journey of improvement made by the school. 95% of pupils gained 5 or more GCSE passes with 79% achieving the Level 2 Threshold (5 GCSE A*-C grades) There has been significant improvements in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.

“The school has made significant overall improvement in the standard of achievement at numerous  levels at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and builds upon the previous successes in recent years and it is our goal to ensure that we continue to improve even further in the future’ he said.

“I therefore wish to extend my sincere congratulations to all the pupils who have worked tremendously hard to gain their qualifications and to wish them every success in the future. There have been some outstanding results this year with some impressive individual achievements. 21 pupils achieved 15 or more GCSE’s and a pupil in Year 9 achieved an A* in GCSE Higher Maths.

“These improvements to academic results along with improved attendance in 2014 reflect the continued determination and commitment of the school to ensure the children at Ysgol Rhosnesni achieve their full potential and beyond. These improvements have been recognised by Estyn during their visits to our school.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have worked so hard to enable the pupils to achieve their results and the Governors and parents who have provided the support to enable our pupils to do so well.”

St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School

St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School in Wrexham has reported its Best Ever Results with 35% of all grades awarded being at Grade A* or A.

Whilst 84.5% of the cohort achieved the Level 2 threshold, it is at the all-important Level 2 inclusive results (which report on the achievement of 5 higher grade passes including Maths and English) that the school is particularly celebrating a pass rate of just over 74%. Effectively, 3 out of every 4 pupils achieved this new ‘gold’ standard.

One pupil achieved 9 A* grades; six pupils achieved 12 A* and A grades and 4 pupils achieved 10 A* and A grades.

The school’s lead core subject of RE saw 86.9% achieving Grade C or higher with just short of 44% achieving Grade A* or A. Over 82% of pupils achieved a C or higher in English; nearly 78% in Maths and, in Science, pupils who studied the Separate Sciences were 100% successful in higher grade performance – 90% of Biology achieved A* or A; 76% of Physics achieved A* or A, and 69% of Chemistry achieved A* or A.

Headteacher, Mrs Maria B. Rimmer commented “Everyone is delighted. Yet again, St Joseph’s pupils have built on the strong successes of previous years and I, and all the Staff and Governors at the school, congratulate them warmly on their fabulous achievements. St Joseph’s strives not only to deliver excellent learning outcomes for its pupils, thus maximising their prospects of entering Further Education, Employment and Training, but also to work with parents and parishes to play our part in developing fine, responsible and considerate young people.

“I am ever conscious of, and grateful for, the tremendous support of parents and carers which underpin these results and of the hard work and sheer ability of the whole staff team at St Joseph’s. We benefit from the support of Officers in the Dioceses of St Asaph and Wrexham, as well as colleagues in the Local Authority. I would like to place on record my thanks to all our partners and my gratitude to the staff for being outstanding in all they do, not just in educating our pupils, but also supporting them on their faith journeys. The biggest and most important acknowledgment I want to make is about the pupils themselves: I am very proud of them. I want them to know that their hard work, abilities and commitment have been recognised in these results. I want them to enjoy them, then to build on them, and to go on out into the world and share their gifts, skills and talents wisely and well.”

Maelor School

Staff and pupils were celebrating at The Maelor School where for the fifth year running GCSE examination results have been excellent. This year 98% of pupils achieved 5A-C grades matching the best performance the school has ever achieved.

Headteacher Mr Simon Ellis said “I am delighted for these hard working dedicated pupils, they deserve their superb grades. I know many of them are joining our sixth form next year but for those who are not we wish them all the best for their future careers.”

Deputy Headteacher Lynn Lloyd said of the year group: “They were a delight to work with, their enthusiasm to learn has really shone through, I am so pleased that they have achieved their potential.”

Ysgol Clywedog

Students and staff at Ysgol Clywedog are celebrating as the number of pupils at the school gaining five or more GCSEs has risen for the second consecutive year. 

The school, which has recently been selected for the Welsh Government’s Schools Challenge Cymru programme and will benefit from £500,000 worth of investment over the next 12 months, saw hundreds of pupils pour into the school to collect their results on the morning of 21st August. 

Martin Hulland, Headmaster of Ysgol Clywedog, said: “The excellent results achieved by the students this year reflects the commitment and hard work of all the students and staff. They follow on from the positive progress we have made that was highlighted in our recent Estyn inspection.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all the staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community for their unwavering support of the school, and for helping us follow our new direction for success.”

Every pupil at the school attained at least one qualification, while the number of students obtaining five A* to C grades has seen an improvement of 16% since 2012. 

Aston Padley, Kamil Kuchniak, Wictoria Kauc, Jacob Morgan, Jessica Williams, Georgia Tew and Thomas Walley were among the students who achieved particular success with a string of A* and A grades. 

We will be keeping this page updated with results as and when they come in. If you fancy giving anyone a shout out or want to send us any pics, then feel free to email them to news@wrexham.com. More importantly, good luck to all those getting their results today!