WREXHAM: Students celebrate GCSE success


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

MORE than 1,000 Wrexham pupils celebrated success today after GCSE
results improved on last year.

More than half of students achieved the level two threshold indicator,
which means at least five A*-C passes including English or Welsh (first
language) and maths.

A total of 53.4 per cent met this target, an increase on last year’s
performance of 50 per cent.

And more than three quarters (77 per cent) of pupils in county schools achieved the level two threshold of at least five passes at A* to C without English or Welsh and mathsmaintaining the improvement made last year.

In total, 1,209 pupils sat a broad range of GCSEs, vocational and skills qualifications. 

Of these, 96 per cent achieved at least five passes at A* to G, an improvement of five per cent on last year’s performance.

Cllr Michael Williams, Wrexham Council 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."
John Davies, the council’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.”
Darland High School
STUDENTS at Darland High School were rewarded for their "unrelenting focus" with record exam results.
Results at the school were "significantly above" national averages.
Peter Agnew, headteacher at the school expressed his pleasure at seeing the students reaping the rewards of their years of hard work.
He said: "Staff and students alike deserve congratulations for their unrelenting focus over the past few months. We are particularly pleased that the percentage of students achieving five good GCSEs - or equivalent - was the highest ever recorded at the school and that no student left school without a qualification."
St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School
ST Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School reported its best ever
results with 35 per cent of all grades awarded being at grade A* or A.
The all-important level two inclusive results which report on the
achievement of five higher grade passes including Maths and English was
just over 74 per cent.
One pupil achieved nine A* grades, six pupils achieved 12 A* and A
grades and four pupils achieved 10 A* and A grades.
More than 82 per cent of pupils achieved a C or higher in English,
almost 78 per cent in maths and, in science, pupils who studied the
Separate Sciences were 100 per cent successful in higher grade
performance – 90 per cent of biology achieved A* or A; 76 per cent of
physics achieved A* or A, and 69 per cent of chemistry achieved A* or
Headteacher Maria Rimmer said: "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.
"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

Ysgol Bryn Alyn

Pupils at Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Gwersyllt celebrated a record breaking year of results.

72 per cent of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades and 48 per cent gained five A* to C grades including English and maths.

A whopping 99 per cent gained five or more A* to G grades.

These figures are all up on last year's results.

Headteacher Brian Whiteley said: "These record breaking results are a just reward for all the hard work of pupils, parents and staff.

"Fantastic year 11, well done.

"Good Luck in the next phase of your education and employment."

Ysgol Clywedog

Record results were achieved for the second year in a row at Ysgol Clywedog.

Pupils achieved the highest results in the history of the school and the number of students achieving five GCSEs at A* to C grade has increased by 16 per cent since 2012.

Every student left with at least one qualification.

Headteacher Martin Hulland said: "These excellent results reflect the commitment and dedication of students and staff at the school and demonstrate the positive progress highlighted by Estyn in recent monitoring visits.

"I would like to place on record his sincere gratitude to all staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community for their sustained support.

"The school is confident that these results reflect the changed ethos and clearer sense of direction at the school.

"We anticipate a continued upward trend in terms of GCSE outcomes."

Ysgol Dinas Bran

There were scenes of great jubilation at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen as delighted students received their results.

All in all 99 per cent achieved a level two pass with five GCSE grades
or equivalent at grade C or above and 60 per cent achieved the level 2+ of
five grades at C or above including English and maths - a five per cent
improvement on last year.

Excellent results were achieved across many subject areas with several
having a 100 per cent rate of higher grade passes.

Headteacher Martyn Froggett said “The students have worked extremely
hard and fully deserve their results.  

"To achieve a 99 per cent pass rate at level two is a phenomenal achievement.
"They have excelled themselves – well done to all of them.  Many
thanks to all the staff and parents who have supported them
wholeheartedly in their journey.
"It is a record summer of success and, on top of really good A-levels
last week, an excellent year for the school.”

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd

EVERY pupil at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd walked away with a recognised qualification.

Staff at the school praised the number of students coming away with A*
and A grades.

Headteacher Carwyn Davies said: "I congratulate all the pupils on
their success and their hard work. I also thank the staff for their
hard work and for the support from parents. It is a day for the pupils
to celebrate and as a school we are delighted for their success.

"On behalf of all the governors and staff at the school we would like
to wish all the pupils well in their future studies and career paths
and look forward to seeing them back to study in the sixth form in

Ysgol Rhosnesni High School 

Ysgol Rhosnesni High School reported record performances, with 95 per cent of pupils gaining five or more GCSE passes.

Almost 80 per cent achieving the level two Threshold of five GCSEs at A* to C grades and there were "significant improvements" in core subjects English, maths and science.

In total,  21 pupils achieved 15 or more GCSEs and one year nine pupil achieved an A* in higher maths.

Acting headteacher Nic Harrison said: "The school has made significant overall improvement in the standard of achievement at numerous levels 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.

"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.

"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."

Mr Harrison thanked staff, parents and governors for their efforts in supporting pupils through the exams.

Ysgol Rhiwabon

STAFF and students at Ysgol Rhiwabon celebrated some of their best results ever with significant improvements in performance across a range of GCSE measures.

Almost 90 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades, with the school being delighted to report a 12 per cent 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 per cent pass rate and more than 200 high grade passes achieved.

27 of these passes were at the Distinction* grade.

And every one of the pupils at the school left with at least one qualification.

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 y Grango

Students at Ysgol y Grango in Rhos celebrated success in their results in style.

Headteacher Stephen Garthwaite congratulatde students for their "hard work and sheer determination to succeed".

He added: "They have shown real commitment to their learning and these excellent results are richly deserved.

"The students are a real credit to Ysgol y Grango and have been excellent ambassadors for the school. They have been supported by a team of dedicated and committed teachers and support staff.

"Special thanks must also go to parents for their continued support of their children and the school."

Brian Jones, chairman of the governing body, added his congratulations to all the students and staff.

Mr Jones said he was "extremely pleased" to see the school is continuing trend of year on year success.

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