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Another strong year for A Level performance in Bridgend County Borough schools

17 August 2017

The standard of A Level results across Bridgend County Borough has been maintained with large numbers of students gaining high grades.

Following significant improvements achieved in 2016, the total number of students who passed their A Levels for 2017 was 98.3 per cent, 76.7 percent of whom achieved grades A* through to C.

Bridgend County Borough students also performed highly across all levels:

  • A* - A:    22.4 per cent against a Wales average of 25 per cent.
  • A* - C:    76.7 per cent against a Wales average of 75.3 per cent.
  • A* - E:    98.3 per cent against a Wales average of 97.7 per cent.

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “This year’s A Level results have demonstrated further strong performance across all levels. I would like to congratulate pupils and students on their hard-earned success, and thank teachers, governors and parents for their unwavering dedication and support.

“A highly skilled workforce is essential for the future prosperity and success of Bridgend County Borough, and it is heartening to see that so many of our young people are achieving high grades.”

Council Leader Huw David added: “As education has been a long-standing priority for this local authority, I am delighted to see that the success rate has been sustained and that so many of our young people are being given opportunities to move on to higher education, training and employment.

“Well done to the young people, their teachers, parents, carers, governors and everyone else who has helped, encouraged and supported them. I wish them every success.”

Across the county borough, schools have reported positive A level results.

Cynffig Comprehensive School delivered its highest pass rate to date with 100 per cent of pupils achieving A*-E grades and going on to further education or apprenticeships.

Headteacher Hannah Castle said: “We are delighted that there has been yet another increase in our A level performance with our highest A*-A achievement to date. The results once again represent the hard work of pupils, families and teachers.”

At Porthcawl Comprehensive School, pupils are celebrating a 99 per cent overall A*-E pass rate, 28 per cent of which were either A* or A grades.

Headteacher Andrew Slade said: “With well over a thousand papers being sat at A Level, these results are especially impressive. I’d like to congratulate staff and students, and praise their hard work and steadfast dedication.”

The overall pass rate at Pencoed Comprehensive School rose to 98 per cent with almost one in five being either an A* or an A grade.

Headteacher David George said: “This year featured the first set of results for the exciting new partnership between the school and Bridgend College with the formation of Penybont Sixth Form College, and overall results have improved significantly. Congratulations to all students of the Pencoed Comprehensive School’s Class of 2017 for a superb set of results.”

This was the third year of A level results at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, where all students achieved a place at their desired university – 45 per cent of whom scored grades between A*-B and 75 per cent between A*-C.

Headteacher Meurig Jones said: “This is testament to the hard work of the students and staff in gaining good results, and we wish them the very best as they continue on to further studies, employment or work-based training.”

 

Last Updated: 22/08/2017
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