A-level results in Wrexham and Flintshire: Round-up


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

Students around Wrexham and Flintshire are finding out their A-level results today.
Below is a round-up of how some of the schools in the region have performed.


Alun School

More than half the grades achieved at Alun School in Mold were grade B or above as pupils attending Wales' largest sixth-form waited nervously to receive their results.

The school saw more than 500 entries with 16 pupils attaining at least three A grades.

Amy Marshall hit the coveted A* grade in two of her three subjectsm, gaining her a place at Cambridge University to read natural sciences.

Emilia Bartlett gained three A*s in performing arts and an A in psychology while Ryan Van Delden managed three A*s and an A grade in his chosen subjects.

Head of sixth-form, Dr Tim Erasmus, said: "I am delighted to report that this year's results have maintained our consistently excellent track record for top levels of performance.

"I would like to congratulate all of our students and their teachers, both here and in previous schools, who have contributed to this outstanding level of success."

Castell Alun High School, Hope

Castell Alun High School in Hope was celebrating 99.9 per cent overall pass rate as well as a record 47 per cent of A* and A grade passes.

Furthermore, 69 per cent of all entries achieved A*, A or B grades at Advanced Level, and 87 per cent of grades were at A* to C.

Headteacher, Graham Hughes called the results a "magnificent achievement for all concerned with Castell Alun".

We are delighted for all our students, he said.

"Our Sixth Form provision continues to flourish and we are truly indebted to all parents and staff who have tirelessly supported these young people in achieving their dreams."

Joanna Swan, Daisy Howell and Daniel Armstrong all achieved two A*s and a number of other A grades. Achieving 1 A* and 2 A grades were Kieran Thomas and Sarah Girvin.

A further ten students scored straight A or A* grades in all of their entries.

Connah's Quay High School

Connah's Quay High School is celebrating its best ever A-level results after 100 per cent of learners achieved the level three threshold (two or more A-levels).

A total of 97 per cent of pupils achieved two or more A*-C grades, with Andrew Pritchard (A*,A,A,B), Jessica Akins (A*,A,B,B), Stephanie Hill (A,A,B,B), Rhys Jones (A,A,B,B) and Samantha Higgins (A,A,B,B) leading the way.

Headteacher Greg Dixon said: "We are absolutely thrilled with these outstanding results

"It is a testament to the hard work of our learners and their teachers, and it has been great to see so many delighted learners, parents and staff here.

"I wish all our learners every success in their future endeavours."

Elfed High School

Elfed High School sixth-form's outstanding performance culture continued with some very impressive personal achievements at A-level.

Pupils there achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the fourth successive year as the school's penultimate sixth form cohort delighted headteacher Rosemary Jones with their results.

Elfed will lose its sixth form facility from the end of the next school year but Mrs Jones said: "We are really pleased with the high standards achieved by all our students.

"The support of our excellent school staff, parents, families and the wider community has been brilliant, everyone works together with for the benefit of the students.

"We are very proud of the students' achievements across the board.

"Congratulations to all the students. We wish them every success for the future."

Flint High School

Sixth-formers at Flint High School were also celebrating as the school saw a ten per cent improvement in A*-C passes from last year.

The school also achieved 100 per cent success at Level 3 for the third year running.

Headteacher, Pam McLean said: "The AS results are by far the best the school has ever had, especially with an impressive two third increase in results at grade A.

"These results reflect the students' hard work and the high standard of teaching from the staff.

"I am delighted that our students can now celebrate their achievements and congratulate them all on their success. We look forward to welcoming them back and hearing how they are progressing at university so they can inspire our younger students to aim high too."

Chelsey Amos was "over the moon" with her A* in sociology to add to her grade B in business studies and C in ICT.

Hawarden High School

Roger Davies, headteacher at Hawarden High School, was delighted with the "superb examination results achieved by students", matching the best in the school's history.

He was thrilled to report that 100 per cent of the students achieved the Welsh Government's Level 3 Threshold, gaining 2 or more A-Level passes.

Mr Davies also highlighted the students' success in completing the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, with 60 students completing the Core Qualification successfully.

A total of 86 students were entered for examinations with 96 A* and A grades being awarded. 82 per cent of the entries resulted in the award of grades A*, A, B or C, with the school enjoying an overall pass rate of 99.3 per cent.

Megan Brooke–Jones, achieved four passes, including 3 A grades and Lori Jones, attained four passes, including three A grades and an A grade at AS-level.

Emmanuelle Soffe achieved five passes, including an A* and four A grades.

Holywell High School

The sixth-form students at Holywell High School maintained the school's year on year academic improvement with 78.5 per cent achieving grades A*-C.

The result is an increase of 5.5 per cent on last year and there were further reasons to be proud as 34 per cent (an increase of 13 per cent on last year) of students achieving the highest A*-A grades.

John Weir, acting headteacher, said: "I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all our pupils and their families.

"My colleagues and I are all very proud of the achievements of our students.

"Their success is a tribute to their hard work, the commitment of their teachers and the support of their parents and carers."

Siobhan Henry, head of sixth-form added: "These are a very special group of students and I am so excited to see that their hard work has resulted in so much success."

Bethan Williams received three A*s and will begin an apprenticeship at Airbus.

Danielle Farren will be studying sport and exercise science at Birmingham University after achieving three As, while Nina McGilloway, who also attained three As, will be study psychology at Manchester University.

John Summers High School

Students at John Summers High School in Queensferry all achieved a result with a 100 per cent A*-C grade.

Almost 89 per cent of them achieved the level three threshold.

Among the Deeside school's best achievers were Alex Manley, who gained a distinction* in sports studies and a grade C in maths as he looks to pursue a career in sports science.

David Ellis received an A in religious studies, a B in history, a C in drama and a C in English and will be studying philosophy at Bangor University.

St David's High School

Students and teachers at St David's High School in Saltney achieved an excellent overall A-level pass rate of 97 per cent.
There was also an increase in the number of students achieving success at higher levels with 87 per cent of grades landing within the A*-C range.
Headteacher Tony Davidson said: "These excellent and well deserved results will enable the majority of our students to attend the university of their first choice.
"Twelve months ago, our results showed a significant improvement and this year we have continued the trend of beating our previous best.
"I am pleased also that the proportion of students achieving higher grades has also increased."
The school also revealed that 96 per cent of students entered for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification achieved success at the Advanced
Mr Davidson said: "This is only the second time we have offered the Baccalaureate to such a large proportion of the post-16 cohort of students and I am delighted with our progress this year."

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

Headteacher at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Ronald Keating, was "thrilled" with this year's A-level students in what is the 60th anniversary of the school's foundation.

All students going to university achieved results for their chosen destination, which Mr Keating said "is testimony to their focus on study and high achievement".

"The school is extremely proud of students who have worked hard," he said.

"Thanks are due to the professionalism of teaching staff in securing these results.

"We value the partnership with parents and other agencies in the wider community who help young people to shine through achievement."

High grades were enjoyed by a notable number of students including George Beaumont who secured four A*s enabling him to read chemistry at Jesus College, Oxford.

Ysgol Maes Garmon

Ysgol Maes Garmon also received a successful set of A-level results again this year.

A* and A grades accounted for nearly 40 per cent of all grades achieved this summer, with 80 per cent of overall grades being awarded A*-C.

Headteacher Bronwen Hughes said: "These grades are a reflection of our students' hard work and dedication of the teaching staff over two years.

"It is wonderful to see them achieve so well."

Morgan Grant achieved A*s in maths, chemistry and physics, gaining full marks in some maths and physics modules.

Tomos Gwyn was also going home happy after receiving three As and a B, as did Carys Jones.

Aled Owen, head of sixth-form said: "I'm very proud of what these Year 13 students have achieved.

"I wish them the very best – they have bright futures ahead of them."


Maelor School

At the Maelor School in Penley, every student in year 13 achieving the Level 3 threshold of two or more A-levels.  The number of A* and A grades increased and 84 per cent of A-levels taken achieved grades of A*-C.

Headteacher Simon Ellis said: "We are very proud of our students successes and we are delighted that so many of them have achieved their potential with the best available grades.  "All the staff and governors at the school with them success with their chosen courses at university."

Ysgol Dinas Bran

Delighted year 13 students celebrated excellent results at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen.

All entrants achieved the prestigious level three threshold of two A-level passes or more and more than half of all grades awarded were at A* to B.

Among the successful students were George Wort who achieved an incredible five A* grades in Chemistry, ICT, Maths, further Maths and Physics.  George will now go onto study Computer Science at Jesus College, Cambridge University.  Another high-achiever was Iestyn Watkin, who was awarded two A* grades in Maths and Physics, an A grade in Chemistry and a B grade in English language.  Iestyn also achieved an A grade in the Extended Project.  He will now progress to study Natural Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge.

Wilf Wort, brother of George, achieved an A* and three As, while Polly Harrison got three As and a C grade.  Wilf has successfully secured a place at Durham University to study English Literature and Polly will take up History at Keele University.

The vast majority of students who applied achieved their first-choice place at university.

Headteacher Martyn Froggett said: “We congratulate all students on their tremendous results.  

"They have worked exceptionally hard and can be proud of their achievements.  We wish them all the very best for the future.  A big thank you too to the staff and parents who have supported them.  It is a great year for the school - to achieve a 100 per cent pass-rate is simply fantastic.” 

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd

YSGOL Morgan Llwyd achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the Level 3 threshold of two A-levels.

Students were celebrating their results, with headteacher Carwyn Davies saying staff were “very proud of their achievements”.

Mr Davies said: "We're very proud and pleased with all of the students. It's a reflection of the work and the effort of the teachers and the support given by families."

Ysgol Rhiwabon

THE majority of Ysgol Rhiwabon pupils achieved the grades necessary for them to study at their first choice university. 
And the Welsh Baccalaureate has continued to be a success at Ysgol Rhiwabon with a 100 per cent pass rate for the core and a high number of students gaining the full qualification, adding an additional A-level grade to their success.
Headteacher Alun Harding, said "I'm thrilled for the students and grateful to the staff in achieving such excellent outcomes. A huge amount of hard work has resulted in some outstanding grades. 
"We're very proud of every student and all that they have achieved. We wish them well on the next steps of their journey."

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