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Strong A-level results for Bridgend County Borough schools

An impressive 99 per cent of students in Bridgend County Borough schools picked up at least two A Levels today.

That compares favourably to the all-Wales figure of 97.4 per cent.

Of all the grades achieved by local pupils this year, 20 per cent were A* to A (against a Welsh average of 26.3 per cent), 74.2 per cent were A* - C (Welsh average 76.3 per cent) and 98.3 per cent were A* - E (Welsh average 97.4 per cent).

There were also significant improvements in Welsh Baccalaureate results, where performances in the Advanced Skills Certificate were well above the all-Wales averages.

For the Welsh Baccalaureate, 26.8 per cent of the grades in Bridgend County Borough were A* - A (Welsh average 21.5 per cent) while 99.4 per cent of local grades were A* - E (Welsh average 97.7 per cent).

Particularly strong AS Level results were also posted, where 22 per cent of grades were A* - A (Welsh average 20.4 per cent), 70 per cent were A* - C (Welsh average 61.9 per cent) and 95.1 per cent were A* - E (Welsh average 90 per cent).

This year’s results have demonstrated 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.

In particular, I’d like to mention Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen’s A Level results, where the number of A*-A grades increased by 9.5 per cent and A* - C grades shot up by 20.8 per cent.

A fantastic 84 per cent of students at the school also got into their first choice University course, which is tremendous news. Behind all of these statistics there are so many success stories, which further underlines why education has been a long-standing priority for this local authority.

Councillor Huw David, the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration said: “While it sometimes goes under the radar, I’d like to flag up the excellent achievements in the Welsh Baccalaureate.

“Universities have stated how much they value this qualification, commenting that the skills it develops in youngsters are exactly those that they want to see in their under-graduates, so I am delighted to see that local students have excelled this year well above the Welsh averages.

“This year’s AS Level results were also extremely positive. As they make up 40 per cent of A Levels, this year’s grades bode really well for next year as so many pupils already have a strong set of results in the bag.”

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