High schools across Powys celebrate GCSE results

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STUDENTS from high schools across Powys have been celebrating after receiving their GCSE results. 
 
Headteachers have said they were delighted with the performance of their pupils and have congratulated them on the hard work put in to achieve their grades.
 
AFTER a successful set of A Level results last week, Ysgol Bro Dyfi is again celebrating with a record-breaking set of GCSE results.
71 per cent of students gained five A* to C grades, not including vocational qualifications and essential skills accreditation.
The school has seen a rise in A* grades over recent years, with 30 per cent of students this year achieving at least one A*.
All departments have achieved overall significant successes with 73 per cent of maths students achieving a C or above with 83 per cent in English and 75 per cent in Welsh.
Notable achievements at the school include: Marian Jones-Evans: 11A*s, 1A and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Rhun Bleddyn: 4A*s, 2As, 1B, 2Cs and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Beca Jones: 4A*s, 5As, 2Bs, 1C and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Rhian Griffiths: 4A*s, 5As, 3Bs, 1C, Merit in additional maths and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Carys Evans: 2A*, 9As, 1B, Distinction in Additional Maths and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Abigail Rigby: 2A*s, 5As, 2Bs, 1C, Merit in additional maths and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Lil Woods: 2A* s, 3A, 6B, Pass in additional maths and a distinction (OCR First Award). Jessica Clark: 2A*s, 1A, 5Bs, 3Cs and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Branwen Tomos: 2A*s, 8As, 1B, Merit in additional maths and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Megan Parry: 2A*s, 3As, 5Bs, 2Cs and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Ryan Wells: 1A*, 1A, 4Bs, 4Cs, Pass in additional maths and a distinction (OCR First Award). Shauna Thomas: 1A*, 2As, 3Bs, 3Cs, Higher Distinction, and a Distinction (OCR First Award). Kiera Rhodes: 1A*, 2As, 6Bs, 2Cs and a Distinction (OCR First Award).
Headteacher Dafydd Jones praised the work of the students and of the teachers in achieving such high results.
He said: “I would like to congratulate all our students and staff and thank them for the tremendous effort they have put in over the last two years. 
“This requires continued dedication and hard work, which is certainly reflected in these results. We are committed to supporting all of our students so they may achieve their potential, and we appreciate the continued support shown by parents. 
“We continue to strive for excellence in a very changeable educational climate so that every student has the opportunity to fulfil their future ambitions. 
“These pleasing results will mean that so many of our students will have the opportunity to pursue their chosen route to the next stage of their education and I wish them every success. 
“I look forward to welcoming many of our students back to our thriving sixth form next year, where they’ll be joined by several new students from beyond the school’s catchment area.”
 
LLANIDLOES High School staff have expressed their delight as their GCSE results have again exceeded local and national averages.
They have surpassed the results from last year, maintaining a high standard.
All of the students performed well in their academic and vocational courses, and the school sends its warmest congratulations to them all.
68 per cent of students achieved at least five GCSE grades at grade C or above, including English and maths.
Headteacher Darren Davies said: “Students have been rewarded handsomely for their hard work, enthusiasm and determination to succeed.
“I would like to thank the hard working staff and parents for their contribution to this year’s success.
In the results 20 per cent of students achieved A* to A, 43 per cent achieved A* to B, and 73 per cent achieved A* to C grades.
Overall 99 per cent of students achieved A* to E grades and no student left school without a recognised qualification.
The high achievers were Jade Fitzgerald who achieved 8 A*s and 4 As, Alexander Jones who achieved 5 A*s and 4 As, Florence Tully who achieved 4 A*s and 7 As, James Davies, who achieved 4 A*s and 4 As, Sinead Hegarty who got 3 A*s and 5 As, and Bethany Jones who achieved 2 A*s and 7 As.
 
CAEREINION High School’s headteacher said he was thrilled with the school’s GCSE results.
David Evans said: “We are delighted with our excellent GCSE results this year which reflect the high expectations and aspirations of both staff and students at Caereinion High School.
“The Level 2 plus was 67 per cent. Our overall A* to G pass rate was 99.5 per cent and our A* to C pass rate was 77.6 per cent. These results compare favourably with our consistent high results of recent years. We are also very proud of those students who were successful in their vocational subjects, securing a tremendous 100 per cent pass rate.”
The following pupils achieved 10 or more A*/A grades: Libby Aston Smith, Emma Clark, Gwyn Humphreys, Annie Jessop, Gruffydd Martin, Margo Martin, James Robinson, Tyler Theobold, Callum Wall and Zuzanna Wieczorek.
Mr Evans added: “We are equally proud of the excellent achievements of our students with additional learning needs who also gained worthy grades and were justly rewarded for their hard work and perseverance. 
“These results reflect the commitment, dedication and hard work of our diligent students and staff and the excellent support provided by both pastoral and academic staff. We are also indebted to our parents for their valued support and co-operation.
“Congratulations to all our year 11 pupils and we wish all of our students every success in the future.”
 
NEWTOWN High School is celebrating a 17 per cent increase in pupils attaining A* to C in English and an 11 per cent increase in maths.
The results saw 99 per cent of the pupils across both campuses gaining Level 2 including maths and English which saw a 13 per cent on the Newtown Campus.
Pupils achieved other qualifications including Key Skills awards and many achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Headteacher, Mrs Pryce, said: “I would like to extend thanks to everyone who has helped to write this success story to date including: pupils, staff, parents and governors.
“I would also like to congratulate everyone involved in these fantastic achievements. We cannot be complacent and will continue to work hard together in aiming to ensure that every pupil achieves his or her potential. This is what CYFLE is all about.”
Notable individual performances include: Ffion Butler 5A*, 4A, 3B and AS Level Welsh, Lucy Hughes 3 A*, 7A and 1 B and AS Welsh, Millie Mark 3A* and 10A, Joseph Halford 2 A*, 4A and 6B, Rhys Owen 1A*, 6A, 4B and 1C.
The More Able and Talented provision led to a significant number of pupils in Years 9 and 10 achieving excellent GCSE results in a range of subjects.
In particular in Year 10 Chris Ainscow achieved 1A*, 2A and 1B and Maya Kruger achieved 1A* and 3A grades.
In Year 9 Jo Banfield, Alice Butler, Leah Eyre and Zoe Marston attained an A and a B. Oskar Jurek attained an A grade in Polish.
 
LLANFYLLIN High School’s headteacher, Carl Mincher, has congratulated his pupils on their success in this year’s GCSE results.
Mr Mincher said: “Following excellent A-level results last week we are once again celebrating with a very pleasing set of GCSE results.
“We are delighted that 94 per cent of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades or equivalent. Over 500 A*/A grades or equivalent were achieved, representing over a third of all entries. In combination with their GCSEs, many pupils completed vocational courses across a range of subjects and their levels of achievement are equally impressive. 
“An outstanding 100 per cent pass rate across all subjects has given us great cause for celebration.”
He added: “All of this is well deserved reward for the hard work and diligence shown by our pupils and their highly committed teachers, supported and encouraged by parents and governors.
“This reflects, as ever, the strength in our working partnership and bodes well for the future as so many of our pupils return in September to embark on A-level courses in one of the largest sixth form in Powys. Congratulations to all!”
 
WELSHPOOL High School’s headteacher, Jim Toal, has congratulated his pupils on their GCSE success.
He said: “The results this year continue a very strong trend at Level Two threshhold with an 88 per cent pass rate. 
Similarly at Level One the pass rate is excellent at 100 per cent.
“There were several outstanding individual performances including the highest girl and boy results, with Lauren Cadwallader achieving seven A*s and three A grades, and Edward Hart achieving nine A*s, one A and one B grade.
 
BUILTH Wells High School’s headteacher has congratulated her students on their results in this year’s GCSEs.
Elin Forsyth said: “Congratulations to the students, they have worked very hard and deserve their success. We are also very pleased because we have got many indicating they want to come back to study at sixth form.”
Mrs Forsyth said the school’s results had shown improvement with the number of pupils attaining five GCSEs at A* to C (including English and maths) up by two per cent.
She said: “We are very pleased because we have increased last year and have continued to do that this year.”
Notable achievers at the school include Hannah Beethan with 10 A*s, Ian Brown with seven A*s and two A grades (he also achieved A grades in IT and RE short courses), Gwen Davies with five A*s, four A grades and one B grade, Charlotte Offa with five A*s and three A grades, Jason Crompton with four A*s, two A grades and three B grades, and Codi Palladini with four A*s and five A grades.
Two year eight pupils also achieved A*s in maths with another achieving an A at AS level maths.
 
THE headteacher at the John Beddoes campus of Newtown High School has congratulated her pupils on their GCSE success.
Judith Pryce said: “The improvement on our John Beddoes campus has been phenomenal, with a 52 per cent increase in the number of pupils gaining Level 2 including English and maths. The percentage of pupils gaining A* to C grades in English increased by 15 per cent and in maths by 27 per cent.
“In particular our congratulations go to: In Year 11: Sian Vincent with 3A*s and 7As, Jamie Thomas with 6A*s, 4As and 1B, Jade Davies with 1A*, 4As, 2Bs and 3Cs, Charlotte Jones with 1A*, 3As, 5Bs and 1C, and Megan Pugh with 5As, 4Bs and 1C.
“All of our pupils also achieved other qualifications including Key Skills awards.
“Our More Able and Talented provision has again led to significant numbers of pupils in Years 9 and 10 achieving excellent GCSE results in a range of subjects. In particular in Year 10 Megan Roberts with 4As, Liam Tomkins with 3As and 1C, Edward Lynch with 2As and 2Bs. In Year 9 Megan Thomas attained an A*.”
Mrs Pryce added: “I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has helped to write this success story to date including: pupils, staff, parents and governors.
“I would also like to congratulate everyone involved in these fantastic achievements. We cannot be complacent and we will continue to work hard together in aiming to ensure that every pupil achieves his or her potential. This is what CYFLE is all about.”
 
AT LLANDRINDOD Wells High School 78.5 per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades, a significant increase on last year.
The best performing girl in the results was Kirsten Ritchie with 8A*s and 2As.
Ben Coombs was the top performing boy in his results with 5A*s, 4As and 1B.
Ms Jane Asplin, headteacher, said: “I am thrilled that these, and many of our other students, have reaped the benefits of their hard work. 
“Our school is looking forward to working with many of these students when they join our sixth form. 
“On behalf of our governors, teaching and support staff I wish all our students the very best luck for the future, whatever path they choose.”

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