GCSE results 2013 from Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly borough
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75.4 per cent of Monmouthshire students gained grades A*-C, above the Welsh average of 65.7 per cent.
99.9 per cent of students have finished this stage of their education with a recognised qualification.
More than 75.4 per cent achieved grades A* to C, above the Welsh average of 65.7 per cent.
21.26 per cent achieved A* to A (up from 20.6 per cent in 2012).
Cllr Liz Hacket Pain, MCC’s Cabinet member with responsibility for education, said: "I’m thrilled with this news. Once again we have beaten the Welsh average on all levels of attainment and have bucked the national trend of reductions in pass rates. I’d like to congratulate the students, their parents / carers and their teachers and wish them the very best of luck in whatever they choose to do now."
Sarah McGuiness, Chief Officer for Children and Young People said: "Well done to all our students this year. For several years now we have been increasing the gap between GCSE success in Monmouthshire and the rest of Wales. This is a very important time for our young people.
"They may choose to continue in education, to take some form of vocational training or to enter the world of work. Whatever they do, they can face the world confident, prepared and – I hope – with excitement."
GCSE results in Torfaen county borough have improved for the second year running.
In WJEC examinations, 76.3 per cent of pupils achieved the Level 2 A*-C indicator (5 GCSE A*-C), up 7.47 per cent from 68.8 per cent last year. 50 per cent of pupils achieved the Level 2 A*-C indicator (5 GCSE A*-C including English or Welsh and maths), up 4.37 per cent from 45.6 per cent last year.
The executive member for children and young people, councillor Brian Mawby, said: "Pupils collecting their results today are being justly rewarded for all their hard work. I want to pay tribute to them and to the governors and staff in Torfaen’s schools for their commitment which has contributed to the second year of improved results.
"Education remains a priority for the council and the improvements reflect more positively on the strategic leadership of education in the last two to three years than recent events might have suggested."
Interim head of education services Dermot McChrystal said: "We have seen a considerable improvement in the critical level 2 A*-C indicator including English or Welsh and maths in two of our schools, Croesyceiliog School and Fairwater High School.
"Others have a similar or slightly improved position on last year, but the results in Llantarnam School are concerning and will be looked into in considerable depth."
STUDENTS from across Caerphilly County Borough are celebrating some excellent GCSE results.
Torfaen y6 pupil Llewelyn Watts took GCSE German and achieved a B. In sept he will be studying at West Mon school #gwentgcses— @hayleymillsFP 22 August 2013
Well done Ellicia Sulway on her 4A* and 7A #gwentgcses— @JulieSulway 22 August 2013
TRIPLETS from Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypool celebrated their GCSE success today achieving 10 A*, 8 A and 16 B grades between them.
GCSE grades up six percent in Blaenau Gwent - read the full story here
Nervous students opened their GCSE result envelopes across Torfaen this morning.
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Science and maths results at Monmouth Comp buck national trend with best results ever recorded at the school #gwentgcses— @ArgusKSkellon 22 August 2013
Caerphilly County Borough Council has congratulated all county borough students who passed their GCSE exams today.
Provisional examination results for Caerphilly county borough students shows that the overall GCSE pass rate for grades A*-G has remained at 92 per cent.
Early indications show that the percentage of pupils achieving five GCSE passes at A*-C (or vocational equivalent) has increased to 68.05 per cent, up from 64 per cent in 2012.
Those getting five GCSEs grade A*-C including either Welsh or English and Mathematics has increased to 45.21 per cent, from 43.7 per cent in 2012.
Cllr Rhianon Passmore, cabinet member for education said: “Huge congratulations must go to our students and teachers on their excellent performance. These commendable results are testimony to their hard work, dedication and ability. Well done to you all."
Chanelle Ramejkis gained good GCSEs despite having to revise in hospital and care for her 3 young siblings when her mum was ill #gwentgcses— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
So proud of myself and all my friends! #gwentgcses— @emy_clark 22 August 2013
3:02pm Thu 22 Aug 13
Congratulations to Mr David the Head, teachers, staff and especially pupils at Oakdale Comprehensive School which is setting new standards and results that puts it alongside the very best schools in the whole of Wales.
86% of Oakdale pupils gained at least five A*-C grades, which is 6% up from the outstanding grades achieved in the previous year.
This is probably the best result of any English medium Comprehensive School in the whole of greater Gwent.
Congratulations to everyone for their dedication and hard work which has brought this continued success.
Former School Governor
Fantastic well done to our daughter Casey Fleming on getting 4 C, 4 B, 2 A and an A* in her GCSEs. We were are proud of her and always will be all our love Mam, Dad and Jade xxArgus reader
Pupils at St Cenydd School in Caerphilly were celebrating their GCSE results today, with more than 60 per cent of pupils gaining at least five A*-C GCSE’s.
40 per cent of pupils achieved five GCSE’s A*-C including English and Maths.
Despite falls nationally, nine per cent of all grades were at A* the school's best ever, with some excellent individual results.
Jordan Thomas achieved 8 A* and 4 A grades, Daniel Tolley achieved 6 A* and 5 A grades, Eleanor Rees achieved 5 A* and 7 A grades, while Pippa James achieved 6 A* and an A grade.
Head teacher at King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, Nicholas Oaten said: "These results, together with the pleasing A level results last week, clearly show that King Henry VIII School has much to be proud of.
"We are delighted with the success of all our students and recognise the effort and commitment shown by both the staff and the students in achieving such a good set of results.
"We are confident that as a result of this success large numbers of students will be returning to the Sixth Form to take advantage of the excellent teaching for Post-16 students provided by the school.
"We share in the pride of the parents who have worked in partnership with the school and supported their children in helping to produce these excellent results."
Students at King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny have said they've achieved pleasing results in this year’s GCSE level examinations, with headline figures being the third best in the recent history of the school.
English grades A*- C have risen by five per cent and mathematics A*- C by four per cent.
Year 11 pupils who have done particularly well include:
• Bethany Denner - 9A*, 1A
• Natasha Binnie - 7A*, 3A
• Joshua Thomas-Parr - 6A*, 2A, 1C
• Henry Wheatley - 6A*, 4A, 1B
• Caitlin Bamber - 5A*, 4A
• Max Maloney - 5A*, 5A
• Katie Nicholls - 5A*, 3A, 1B
• Rhiannon Hobbs - 4A*, 4A, 1B
• Amy Jones - 4A*, 6A, 1B
• Scarlett McPhillips - 4A*, 5A
• John Stokes - 4A*, 4A, 1B
• Jack Carey - 3A*, 5A, 1C
• Jemma Davies - 3A*, 5A, 1B
• Matthew Morgan - 3A*, 6A, 1B
• Amanda Ndebele - 3A*, 5A, 2B
• Luke Coakham - 2A*, 6A, 1B
• Harri Fields - 2A*, 6A, 1B
• Lewis Hacker - 2A*, 6A, 1B
• Christopher Knill - 2A*, 6A, 1B
• Emily Mayger - 2A*, 5A, 2B
• Kai Mortlock - 2A*, 5A, 2B
• Kelsey Francis - 1A*, 7A, 1B
• Megan Stark - 1A*, 8A, 1B
• Alison Taylor - 1A*, 6A, 2B
• Daniel Fitter - 8A, 1B
For pupils in Blaenau Gwent's four comprehensive schools, the percentage of students with five or more A*-C grades including English/Welsh and Maths has improved to 40 per cent, up six per cent on last year.
91 per cent of pupils achieved five or more passes at A*- G grades.
Blaenau Gwent has experienced a two per cent reduction in the gender gap for Level 2 Threshold, five or more passes at A*-C, and a six per cent reduction in the gap for Level 1 Threshold.
Councillor Hedley McCarthy, leader of Blaenau Gwent Council, said: "Well done to our pupils on their achievements. I would like to wish them the very best with their futures. I’d also like to thank all our school staff and governors for their continued dedication to the education of our young people here in Blaenau Gwent."
Education commissioner at Blaenau Gwent Council, Bethan Guilfoyle said: "I’m pleased to see the improved results in the Level 2 including English/Welsh and Maths.
"Most importantly, however, congratulations to our pupils who have worked hard for their results. We are working with schools, families, and partners to achieve further improvements in educational standards. Supporting young people is a key council priority. I wish our students all the very best in their future careers."
The Welsh Local Government Association has today congratulated Welsh pupils on their GCSE achievements.
Results for 2013, published today, show that standards have remained consistent with those achieved last year, with 65.7 per cent of Welsh pupils achieving an A* to C grade in their GCSE exams.
At the highest A*and A grades, Wales has once again closed the gap with the rest of the UK, from 3.2 per cent in 2012 to 2.1 per cent in 2013.
The Welsh Baccalaureate also saw a record number of entries and achievement levels in both the Intermediate and Foundation levels.
A total of 79 per cent of candidates were awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma this year compared to 73 per cent in 2012, while the pass rate for the Foundation level also reached a new high.
Anisa Choudhury got 4 A*, 9 A and 2 B grades at Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran.
At Newport's St Julian's School today, Ella Donovan secured 5 A* and 4 A grades, Daniel Grace got 4 A* and 4 A grades, Elliot Jones got 5 A* and 2 A grades, Kaavya Sridhar got 9 A* and 1 A grade, and Ieuan Stichbury receive 2 A* and 4 A grades.
74 per cent of pupils achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, while 43 per cent achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths.
61 per cent of pupils achieved A*-C in English while in maths 46 per cent achieved A*-C.
Other highlights included French A*-C grades were at 78 per cent, up six per cent from 2012.
Design & Technology Resistant Materials are up 21 per cent from 2012 to 90 per cent and the Welsh (Full Course) had 100 per cent A*-C grades and 82 per cent A* and A grades.
Head Teacher Denise Richards said: "Once again the students have excelled themselves with dedication and hard work and we are very proud of them."
Tredegar Comprehensive school pupil Rowan Lewis achieved 9 A* and 3 A.
Meanwhile fellow pupil Megan Lewis gained 4 A*, A 5 and 3 B.
Simon Thomas AM, Plaid Cymru's education spokesperson has congratulated Welsh pupils as they receive their GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results.
Mid and West AM for Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas said: "Today is a day of celebration for all those who have taken GCSE and the Welsh Baccalaureate examinations.
"Pupils, parents and teacher will welcome that Wales is closing the gap with the UK at A*/A; along with the record entries and achievements of those children doing intermediate and foundation levels of the Welsh Baccalaureate.
"As an elected representative for Plaid Cymru, but particularly as a father whose son has done his exams this year I take pride in all our young people’s success.
"Young people taking exams in Wales need qualifications that will be relevant and valued wherever in the world they later choose to work and study.
"The Welsh Government has to raise standards, and break the link between educational attainment and poverty. There is also a need to address the widening gap between grades of girls compared with boys in education in Wales.”
"As pupils make their decisions about what they want to do next I would like to emphasis the value of doing an apprenticeship. Thanks to a deal with the Welsh Government Plaid Cymru has secured money for over 5,000 apprenticeships across Wales.”
WALES’ education minister has told Argus he is expecting to see improved GCSE results in the three Gwent counties in special measures.
Lewis Girls School pupils Caitlin Berry gained 10 A* and 1 A; Grace Berry got 4 A*, 3 B and 2 C; while Charlotte Berry got 10 A* and 1 A.
Mayor of Caerphilly Councillor Gray, Newbridge School pupils Bradley Long, Jake Murphy, Alex Catley along with head teacher Mrs Perry as students collected GCSE results today.
Newbridge School in Caerphilly county saw its head girl Freya Hamar-Davies and head boy Jake Murphy receive 11 A* and 12 A* respectively.
Abi Richards and cousin Jack Richards, along with friends Megan Mellish and Alec Kerrell were all delighted with their results from Cwmcarn High School.
Abi gained 4 A*, 3 A and 5 B, while Jack achieved two A*, 4 A and 3 B, and said he felt "relieved".
Megan got 3 A*, 3 A and 3 B, while Alec gained 4 A* and 4 B grades.
James Matthews, 15, took three GCSEs a year early, and achieved two A grades in history and religious studies and a C grade in English.
He said: “I’m really pleased, I didn’t expect to do so well.”
Alistair Davies gained 11 A* grades and a B in short course Welsh. He said: “I’m very, very pleased. I was hoping to do well, but I didn’t expect to do this well. In September I’ll study maths, physics, biology and either further maths or computer science. After that, I want to either go into the RAF or study computer forensics.”
Lee Morgans, head of Year 11 at Cwmcarn High School said: “They’ve all done fantastically. I can’t believe how well they’ve done. They have achieved well above what they should have done.
"Both our GCSE and A Level students have done brilliantly considering the year they have had. They have been so resilient and it shows the determination to succeed when you see what they have achieved.
“We don’t know exactly what percentage our marks are but I can say they have jumped significantly from last year.
“A good number have signed up for our Sixth Form too. We are very proud of all of them.”
Pupil Leah-Marie Hill achieved two A*, 6 As, 3 B and a C grade. She said: “I did not expect to do this well, I’m so happy. I’ll be going to Sixth Form in September to study geography, P.E, maths and law. Eventually I want to become a dance teacher.”
At Lliswerry High School in Newport, 31 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, down slightly from 32 per cent last year.
38 per cent of pupils achieved 10 GCSE grades at A*-C.
Outstanding pupils include Jamie Parsons – 11 A* and 1 A
Joe Davies – 6 A* and 5 A
Daniel Cork – 3 A* and 8 A
These pupils were described by head teacher Alyson Mills as "hardworking, determined students who deserve to have done so exceptionally well."
They are all staying on to do A-Levels before going on to university.
Mrs Mills said: "The staff and students have had a wonderful time this morning, celebrating the results. Everyone has worked so hard this year again and it is wonderful to see so many happy students planning their next steps towards the Sixth Form."
GCSE grade A* - C including English and Maths have risen by over 20 per cent for 2013 at Fairwater High School in Cwmbran.
Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Aled Roberts, Shadow Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister said:
“Congratulations to all those who have got the GCSE results they wanted. The achievements today reflect years of hard work and persistence from students, parents and teachers.
“I am pleased to see that the gap in top grade pass rates between Wales and other UK nations has narrowed.
“WJEC have been clear that the curriculum would be more challenging and grades would be more rigorously marked this year. It is important that exams are set with maintaining standards in mind rather than satisfying political targets. I hope that these higher standards will be maintained under the new body in Wales.”
72 per cent of students at Lewis Girls School in Caerphilly achieved five A*-C grades which is an eight per cent rise on last year.
Head teacher Heather Duncan said: "I am immensely proud of these results. They show the significant progress the school has made this year and reflect the students’ commitment to their achievement and the school’s relentless focus on teaching and learning.
"Staff have worked extremely hard, monitoring the progress of each student and implementing strategies where necessary and this has paid dividends. With continued support from parents we will go from strength to strength."
@hayleymillsFP very proud of my daughter who is in YR 10 and achieved a B in her English Language GCSE. #Croesyceiliog @Street_Star2— @Kelly020479 22 August 2013
Despite the national trend in science results, 91 per cent of pupil achieved an A* - C grade in science at Fairwater High School.
Newbridge School in Caerphilly county achieved 77 per cent of pupils gaining at least five A*-C grades, with 95 per cent getting A*- G.
This is the school's best ever performance and has consistently broken records in the last few years.
In science the school bucked the national trend in science with 87 per cent achieving A*-C grades.
Head boy Jake Murphy and Alex Catley both got 12 A*; head girl Freya Hamer-Davis and Caroline Jones both got 11 A*; Bradley Long and Shanice Molyneux both got 10 A*.
"It's been a superb morning," said head teacher Mrs Parry.
"We are always delighted that parents and pupils come to celebrate together. We have had laughter and tears of joy today, and we are pleased to have welcomed our chair of governors Mayor Councillor Greys to celebrate with us. We are delighted to send off your youngster successfully. We have had a joyous morning."
GCSE Welsh was one of the subject areas enjoying success today at Fairwater High School in Cwmbran.
Monmouth School and Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls were delighted with this year’s results as the schools celebrated their second cohort of iGCSE science results alongside their usual GCSE results.
The schools described the iGCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and History as a more rigorous examination equivalent to an old O Level.
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls achieved a 97.5 per cent pass rate of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades while Monmouth School achieved a 94.9 per cent pass rate.
The School for Girls achieved its best ever A*/A grades with a record number of A* grades at 46.9 per cent and 75.91 per cent receiving A*/A.
27 girls (37 per cent of the cohort) achieved A*/A in every subject. Monmouth School recorded 58.4 per cent for A*/A grades, well above the national average of 21.3 per cent.
Poppy Thompson who this summer has cycled 760 miles from Bristol to Berne, raising over £15,000, plays Lacrosse for Wales and Wales Hub Netball achieved 9 A*, 2 A and Distinction in Additional Maths.
Lizzie Rhodes, the Times Junior Sudoku Champion 2011 and 2012, achieved 12 A* and a Distinction in Additional Maths.
GB Rower, Emma Richardson achieved 4 A*, 5 A and 1 B. Rhiannon Symonds achieved 5 A*, 2 A and 2 B whilst competing in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Parents and pupils celebrate their GCSE results today across Gwent including at Fairwater High School.
Commenting on this year’s GCSE results, NUT secretary David Evans said: "This has been a difficult year for education in Wales with huge upheaval due to policy reforms introduced by the Welsh Government which are still bedding in.
"That the high pass rate secured last year has been retained despite these challenges, is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of pupils, parents and teachers.
"Pupils and teachers should receive high praise for their commitment. Today’s results are something we should be proud of and it is important that students are now given the right support as they progress in school and elsewhere.
“It is important, particularly looking at results in Science, Maths and English, that we are not comparing these results directly with previous years," he said.
"Clearly the way they have been evaluated has been different causing a drop in the pass rates. It is more appropriate, perhaps, to view these figures as a new baseline for future exams, rather than contrasting them with results from last year."
Well done to Thea Marshall who had 4 A's and 4 B's in her results today. Thea is staying on to study A-Levels at Fairwater High School.
Commenting on the publication of GCSE results, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education said: "Young people in Wales deserve congratulations on their results and hope they have achieved what they were hoping for.
"These young people can now take, into the world of work or further study, qualifications which are robust and internationally recognised.
"These results show a persistent gender gap, growing to nearly 10 per cent for A* to C passes, which risks leaving young men as the most disadvantaged and under-skilled group in the employment market.
"What is particularly worrying is that this week’s reading and numeracy test results for seven to 14 year olds showed similar gender gaps, which bodes ill for these year groups taking their GCSEs in the next decade.
"While there has been a bumper hike in modern foreign language entries in England, there has been a further drop in the uptake of French and German in Wales, which could leave Welsh students at a competitive disadvantage in the global race."
Abersychan School saw a pass rate of 62 per cent in five grades A*- C at GCSE, compared to 63 per cent last year.
Four pupils got 5 A* grades including Celine Power, Ben Smith, Georgia Seargant
and Josh Lilly.
St Albans RC High School in Torfaen saw 69.9 per cent of its pupils gain five A*-C grades, down three per cent from last year but still up 12 per cent on 2011.
Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypool saw 80 per cent of pupils gaining five A*-C grades, compared to 75 per cent last year.
Ysgol Gyfun Cwn Rhymni in Fleur de Lys, Blackwood, had 87 per cent of its pupils achieving five A*-C GCSE grades and 61 per cent achieved five GCSEs grade A*-C with English, Welsh and maths.
Head teacher Owain ap Dafydd said the result were roughly the same as last year.
In Maths 69 per cent of students achieved A*-C, a four per cent increase on last year.
In English 74 per cent of students achieved A*-C, also an increase on last year.
Mr ap Dafydd said: "I'm very pleased with our Kids. They've done very well through their hard work and the deserve to be praised."
Top pupils at Caldicot School include Alice Broom with 10 A* and distinction in OCR ICT
Millie Postle - 10 A*, 1 A, starred distinction in performing arts
Alisha Smith - 10A*
Abi Curtis - 10 A*, 1A
Luke Kostanjsek - 9A*, 1A
Evie Pearson - 9A*, 1A, starred distinction in B-tech sport
Sophie Jenkins - 9A*, 1A
Angharad Roberts - 5A*, 5A, distinction in OCR National ICT
James Thatcher - 5A*, 5A
Abbie Evans - 5A*, 5A
Jessica Morse - 6A*, 3A, 1C
Caldicot School is celebrating a pass rate of 66 per cent of pupils gaining at least five A*-C grades including English and maths, a six per cent improvement on last year.
All core subjects are up, the school has said, including three per cent improvement in English, five per cent in maths and six per cent in science.
Notable results at Chepstow School were achieved by:
Ben Wilding - 12A* 1 A
Sarah Kirkham - 9A* 2A
Callum Spooner - 9A* 3A
Caitlin van Buren - 9A* 3A
Holly Stimson - 7A* 4A
Greg Townend - 7A* 6A
Caitiln Walsh - 4A* 7A
James Thomas - 4A* 7A and 1B
Headteacher Claire Price said: "We are delighted with the results of our year 11 students. As a year group they have worked incredibly hard, and have always been excellent ambassadors for the school. They fully deserve these exceptional results, and we are looking forward to welcoming most of them back into the Sixth Form in September."
Chepstow School is celebrating another record year for GCSE results.
61 per cent students achieved five or more GCSEs including English and maths, a five per cent increase on last year.
Top grades also increased, against the national trend, with A*/A grades accounting for 25 per cent of all grades.
Seven students are celebrating exceptional performance by achieving 11 A* and A grades.
46 per cent of students achieved at least 1 A*/A grade; 35 per cent achieved 3 or more A*/A grades; and 22 per cent achieved 5 or more A*/A grades.
80 per cent of all students achieved five or more A*-C grades.
Good GCSE results for Croesyceiliog School with 76% of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSE at grades A*-C, up from 67% in 2012 #gwentgcses— @hayleymillsFP 22 August 2013
Croesyceiliog school headteacher, David Taylor, said he is proud of pupils and staff for their hard work. #gwentgcses— @hayleymillsFP 22 August 2013
Congratulations to Duffryn student Bronwyn Satterly who achieved two A*s #gwentgcses http://t.co/qrXhLUEjZB— @ArgusSBrownson 22 August 2013
Not to be out done by the Year 11 students, large numbers of Ebbw Fawr students in Year 10 and even Year 9 have also celebrated success.
60 students gained an early GCSE in maths while 26 students achieved Welsh and 44 passed Religious Studies all at grade C or above.
Five students gained a A*-C grade in Astronomy two years early and another 34 students achieved BTEC Sports Studies.
Students at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community were today celebrating success across three age groups with students gaining their GCSE qualifications.
Year 11 students achieved a 44 per cent pass rate of five A*- C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. Last year's combined scores for the two Ebbw Vale secondary schools that closed was 39 per cent and the result was above the new school’s externally set target.
A significant number of students achieved exceptional results, including Hollie Parfitt who gained 5 A* and 7 A while Tayla-Lee Dix gained 3 A* and 5 A.
Director Graeme Harkness said: "This really is a tremendous set of the results for a large number of students. They and the whole staff team have worked incredibly hard to achieve them. We started on four sites last September with two building projects on-going and throughout the year we have remained focused on increasing our academic performance. With the transfer to the new secondary phase buildings in the next couple of weeks we have laid a firm foundation for future success."
Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School achieved a pass rate of 54 per cent for pupils gaining at least five A*-C grades.
Accurate data was not available for last year but the head teacher told the Argus that the results were roughly the same as last year.
Owain Steer, Jana Fry, Liam Jones, Jack Mcauliffe, Crystal Oatley, Rhiannon Liversuch, Charlotte Parry and Corey Price have all achieved a minimum of 13 top grades each, said head teacher Tim Williams.
He said: "Pontllanfraith pupils came up trumps today when GCSE results were announced.
"The school saw in increase yet again in the number of pupils achieving the top grades. All did themselves proud with some exceptional performances from individual pupils.
"These tremendous results are a testimony to the pupils and teachers’ commitment and hard work. I wish everyone the very best of luck in the next stage of their lives."
Dr Jonathan Tribbick, head teacher at Rougemont School said: "Congratulations to Rougemont pupils for their GCSE results. In a year when there has been much talk about tougher exams and falling numbers of higher grades, our pupils have distinguished themselves with excellent results."
Commenting on the results of the GCSE and Intermediate and Foundation levels of the Welsh Baccalaureate, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said: "These results are the culmination of an immense amount of hard work by pupils and their teachers. They are all to be congratulated on their success.
"Regrettably, no doubt they will be pored over and picked apart by politicians and pundits, but today is a day for celebrating and valuing the results achieved by the pupils of Wales."
Rex Phillips, NASUWT Wales Organiser, said: "With widening differences between the qualifications system in England and Wales, it is clear that comparison with grades across the UK is becoming increasingly challenging.
"These results are what they are and ultimately, it is their value to pupils that counts, and not their value to the system. The achievements and success of our young people should be celebrated, not diminished or devalued.
"There will be many pupils who will have exceeded expectations in achieving, say a D or E grade, but because of the obsession with A* to C grades their hard work and the commitment of their teachers is forgotten about."
Natasha Owen, 16, Croesyceiliog, 6A*s 5As #gwentgcses— @emilybleazard 22 August 2013
Chepstow Comp celebrating another record year for GCSE results #gwentgcses— @ArgusKSkellon 22 August 2013
"We are the school in Wales that has shown the most improvement, no doubt about that" - Llanwern headteacher Peter Jenkins #gwentgcses— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
11:19am Thu 22 Aug 13
Goat Man says
Well done to all pupils at Risca Comp. Fantastic results . School is improving all the time. Mr Kendall really is turning the school around
In Year 10 at Newport High School, 54 per cent have passed the equivalent of at least five GCSEs with one year of their study still remaining.
This includes 22 per cent of students who have already gained C+ grades in English and Maths.
Head teacher Mrs Keane said: "Our learners and staff have worked incredibly hard and it has all paid off. We are delighted for our students who thoroughly deserve their success."
Karyn Keane, head teacher at Newport High School said she and her staff are thrilled that 86 per cent of Year 11 students achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE – the school's best results ever.
40.1 per cent of Year 11 students gained at least five GCSEs including English and Maths, again the best result ever in this key indicator.
Schools must offer both GCSE and vocational options in their curriculum and Pass, Merit and Distinctions are awarded for Level 2 vocational courses such as BTEC Diploma's or OCR Nationals.
A Pass carries the same amount of points/equivalency as GCSE C grade, Merit equates to a B grade, Distinction equates to an A grade and Distinction* is the same as an A*.
High achievers include Madeleine Baker with 6 Distinction*, 1 A, 4 C, 5 Pass grades
Sekinat Olatunde - 2 A*, 3 A, 4 Distinction, 3 B, 2 Merit, 1 C, 1 Pass grades
Adam Coles - 2 A*, 4 Distinction, 1 B, 3 C, 1 Pass grades
Arianna Salamanca Robins - 1 A*, 2 A, 6 Distinction, 1 B, 3 C, 3 Pass grades
Alicia Embrey - 1 A*, 1 A, 4 Distinction, 2 B, 2 Merit, 2 C, 2 Pass grades
Shelley Price - 1 A*, 1 A, 4 Distinction, 1 C, 7 Pass grades
Jonathan Davies - 2 A, 4 Distinction, 1 B, 2 C, 3 Pass grades
Sophie Harry - 2 A, 4 Distinction, 5 B, 2 C, 1 Pass grades
Connor Jayne - 2 A, 4 Distinction, 2 C, 3 Pass grades
Jordan Johnson - 2 A, 4 Distinction, 1 B, 4 Merit, 3 C, 3 Pass grades
The GCSE and the Welsh Baccalaureate results published today have been welcomed by ColegauCymru.
Chief executive Dr John Graystone, said: "I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to students who have worked so hard to succeed in their GCSEs and Welsh Baccalaureate.”
"Following on from their excellent performance in last week’s A level results, colleges in Wales are already busy enrolling students. They offer hundreds of high quality academic and vocational courses suited to young people and adults of all ages and all abilities. Some students wish to pursue academic subjects at AS and A level. Others prefer to take vocational courses.
"Through their professional and highly rated support and guidance services, college staff are ready to advise potential students on appropriate courses."
Hannah Brunnock from St Joseph's RC High School in Newport got 7 A*, 6 A and a Merit in Additional Maths.
At Llanwern, 45% of pupils got 5A* to C including English and Maths. "Huge" achievement as 39% of pupils on free school meals #gwentgcses— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
Head teacher at Lewis School, Pengam, Christopher Parry said he was "ecstatic" about the achievement of his pupils.
"At a time when headlines are dominated by the underachievement of boys and the increasing difficulty of achieving top grades in maths and English I am more than happy to be bucking the trend," he said.
"As a result of the huge amount of effort made by pupils and staff it’s been another record breaking year. 80 per cent of pupils have achieved the level 2 threshold (five GCSE’s or equivalent A*-C) and 48.4 per cent of pupils have achieved the Level 2 including English and maths.
"In particular the performance of pupils in maths has been pleasing with 29 pupils having A*-A grades."
Pupils with outstanding results include Corey Lower, Angus Brown, Shahid Ali, Michael Lewis, Rhys Lintern, Joss Evans, Ryan Gough, Joshua Price and Jack Nicholls all of whom attained top grades in their chosen subjects.
Speaking after the release of this year's GCSE results, Dr Philip Dixon, director of the union ATL Cymru said: "Today belongs to the youngsters of Wales who, with the help of their teachers, have produced some fantastic results.
"Their achievement has to be seen against a backdrop of changes to exam specifications and increasingly tough criteria. Our youngsters have coped with these new challenges very well and the attainment gap with England has narrowed significantly in several areas. It is good to see the improved results in several modern foreign languages.
"In the future policy makers might want to examine the wisdom of entering youngsters early, and also the reason for the stubborn persistence of the gender gap."
Sophie Warren from Caerleon Comprehensive is overjoyed achieving 7 A* and 3 A grades.
A very happy group of Y11 pupils thrilled with their GCSE results here at Rougemont! #gwentgcses http://t.co/a2L4FCb4mu— @RougemontSchool 22 August 2013
Choosing an alternative route is Fairwater pupil Tannith Elkins who will use her C grades in maths and English to apply to the RAF.
She said: “My dream was to join the RAF but I didn’t think I would get the results. I’m just really happy that I can now apply.”
One of Fairwater's highest achievers was Josh Hurn, who achieved 9 A*, 3 Bs and 2 C grades.
The Cwmbran play scheme volunteer will go on to study A-Levels in chemistry, biology, maths and physics and he hopes to work in the medical field in the future.
Twins Hannah and Dylan Zennadi said that they supported each other to revise as they both have different strengths.
Both are going on to study A levels, with Dylan hoping to have a career on the rugby pitch and Hannah hopes to work with children.
Fairwater pupil Thea Marshall was shocked with her results after she achieved 2 A*, 5 A and 4 B grades.
She said she thought she was going to fail after missing school for two years, in Years 8 and 9, to undergo operations on her femurs as they were not aligned.
She will now stay on to complete A-Levels in RE, health and social care, English and biology, and hopes to be a nurse.
Head teacher at Fairwater High School in Cwmbran, Helen Coulson, said that the school had enjoyed a "transformational" year with a 21 per cent increase in pupils at the school achieving at least five A*- C grades including English and Maths, with 53 per cent of pupils achieving that this year.
She said: “I am extremely proud of all the pupils at Fairwater High School. These results put Fairwater High School as one of the highest achieving schools in Torfaen, as well as the most improved.”
Duffryn head Mr . Wilson: "These are our best ever results."#gwentgcses— @ArgusSBrownson 22 August 2013
St Josephs RC High School results at last count were that 87 per cent of pupils have achieved at least five A*-C grades, up 10 per cent from last year.
Acting head, Mr Brown said: “We are delighted with the results across the board."
Outstanding pupils at Oakdale Comprehensive include Sandy Berriman - 7 A*, 4 A and 1 B
Gareth Morgan - 8 A*, 2 A, 1 B and 1 C
Shanon Morgan - 2 A*, 7 A, 2 B and 1 C
Kimberly Thomas - 7 A*, 3 A, 1B and 1 C
Head teacher Mr David said: "I am extremely pleased. The five A*-C figures have risen again and I'm very proud of the pupil and the parents for reaching their potential and surpassing it."
Results for Oakdale Comprehensive indicate that 86 per cent of pupils have gained [at least five] A*-C grades, up six per cent from last year.
Performance in Maths and English shows that 62 per cent of pupils gained A*-C in English Literature and 53 per cent passed English Language with A*-C.
For pupils who sat the maths statistics exam, 82 per cent passed with A*-C, although there is no data for basic maths as most students sat the exam last year.
Paige Lewis,16, is 'over the moon' with 6A*s, 3As and 2Bs #gwentgcses— @ArgusKSkellon 22 August 2013
Leah-Marie Hill from Cwmcarn High is hugely pleased with her 2 A*s, 6 As, 3 Bs and C grade. #gwentgcses http://t.co/msXZF29o1y— @ArgusKBaker 22 August 2013
Bassaleg School exams office has told the Argus: "We won’t be sending [exam results] out today."
Well done to Josh Hurn who got 9 A* GCSE grades. Josh is staying on to study A' Levels at Fairwater High School.
(Pic by Huw Llewellyn)
Charlotte of Abergavenny thrilled with her 7A*s & 3As! #gwentgcses http://t.co/PxCefqEnNw— @RougemontSchool 22 August 2013
Michael Ellis,16, got 5A*s, 4As, 2Bs and a pass in the Welsh Bacc at Monmouth Comp #gwentgcses— @ArgusKSkellon 22 August 2013
Just met Alistair Davies from Cwmcarn High who has achieved a fantastic 11 A* grades #gwentgcses http://t.co/F3lKTw1NAG— @ArgusKBaker 22 August 2013
James Matthews, 15,took 3 GCSEs a year early and achieved 2 As in History and R.S and a C in English #gwentgcses http://t.co/rdtibq3duz— @ArgusKBaker 22 August 2013
Jenna Hussain from Rougemont School got 12 A* and 1 A grade.
Jenna, 16, of Cwmbran, has been at the school since she was three and said: “I feel great. I didn’t expect it to be honest.”
She plans to continue studying at Rougemont for her A-Levels where she will be taking French, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Overall results at the school are on a par with last year, with 54 per cent of GCSE pupils gaining an A* or A grade.
The percentage of pupils gaining five A*-C grades including English and Maths is 95 per cent.
A Year 10 fast track class of 22 pupils took the entire Maths GCSE a year early and of those 22, 20 got an A* and two got an A.
Nathan & Dominic both from Newport celebrate their results. 12A*s & 9As between them! #gwentgcses http://t.co/PETgoh2bwn— @RougemontSchool 22 August 2013
Provisional GCSE results for Croesyceiliog School are that 76 per cent of pupils have gained five or more GCSEs grades A*-C, up from 67 per cent last year.
The number achieving five A*-C grades including English or Welsh and Maths is 64 per cent, up from 49 per cent last year.
Those achieving A*-C in English is at 71 per cent, up from 61 per cent in 2012, and achievement by pupils of grades A*-C in maths is at 73 per cent, up from 55 per cent in 2012.
Just met Abi, Jack, Alec and Megan who are all hugely pleased with their results #gwentgcses http://t.co/cios0ZsO7D— @ArgusKBaker 22 August 2013
Jenna Hussain of Llanfrechfa celebrates 12A*s & 1A. Outstanding result! #gwentgcses http://t.co/GevvhzIqbg— @RougemontSchool 22 August 2013
Head teacher John Kendall described the last academic year at the school as "outstanding" and said this year's Year 11 have achieved the best GCSE results ever recorded there - for the second year in a row.
He posted on the school's blog: "Figures are provisional, but we have an increase of a massive 19 per cent in the L2 threshold figure (five GCSEs or more at grade C or above) which this year is 73 per cent, and a two per cent increase in the important L2+ figure (five GCSEs or more at C or above including Maths and English) which is 42 per cent.
"An impressive 97 per cent (up seven per cent of our pupils achieved the L1 threshold of at least five GCSEs and nobody leaves RCCS without qualifications.
"This follows on from our success in the teacher-assessed KS3 levels earlier this year, and our excellent attendance figures."
Some of the individual top performers at Risca Comprehensive School this year include:
James Harrison - 7 A* and 4 A
Mason Hill - 5 A*, 3 A and 1 B
James Horton - 3 A*, 3 A, 1 B and 3 C
Jess Bardsley - 2 A*, 2 A, 3 B and 4 C
George Lippiard - 1 A*, 5 A, 4 B and 2 C
Kate Wymer - 1 A*, 2 A, 5 B and 3 C
Courteney Buss, 16, got As and Bs and will go on to study English and Drama at Llanwern #gwentgcses http://t.co/tLXoj8DJdV— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
Dillon Day (second left) got A* in English Lit and says Llanwern is the "best school in Wales" #gwentgcses http://t.co/yPSseApBDL— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
Just arrived in Cwmcarn to find out how pupils from Cwmcarn high school have done #gwentgcses— @ArgusKBaker 22 August 2013
Abigail Heirene and Courtney Ralph at Llanwern took English a year early and both got As #gwentgcses http://t.co/dOcD0u3WUQ— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis is joining pupils in South Wales as they celebrate their exam results.
He described the overall pass rate, overall A*-C achievement at 65 per cent as "encouraging".
The Minister said: “The results published today show that learners across Wales have worked hard to achieve their results and deserve our congratulations.
“Despite rigorous tests our students’ performance in GCSEs shows that the overall pass rate remains stable at a high 98.7 per cent, with passes at A*-C at 65.7 per cent which is encouraging.
”Our work to build on the rigour of qualifications remains a key element of our agenda to raise standards in Welsh education. Through the Review of Qualifications we’ve listened to employers and higher education about the skills they want learners to acquire. We have listened to their views and made a commitment to keeping and strengthening GCSEs in Wales.”
THE number of Welsh students getting A* at GCSE has fallen for a second year in a row.
53% of pupils at Fairwater School in Cwmbran achieved at least 5 A*- C grades including English and maths. #gwentgcses— @hayleymillsFP 22 August 2013
Celebrating our best ever GCSE results for the second successive year- more news soon! #gwentgcses— @RiscaCCS_Head 22 August 2013
Rougemont celebrates another outstanding year of GCSE results. A*/A grades 54% (national 24%) #gwentgcses— @RougemontSchool 22 August 2013
Among the outstanding performances at Tredegar Comprehensive School were:
Rowan Lewis – 9 A* and 3 A
Megan Lewis – 4 A*, 5 A and 3 B
Joseph May – 2 A*, 2 A and 9 B
Sophie Milne – 2 A*, 4 A and 3 C
Ayesha Powell – 1 A*, 5 A, 5 B and 1 C
Jessica Powell – 2 A*, 4 A, 3 B and 4 C
Lauren Woolf – 5 A*, 1 A and 6 B
Morgan Congreve - 1 A*, 4 A, 2 B and 4 C
Naomi Leigh Davies - 3 A, 7 B and 2 C
Page James - 3 A*, 4 A, 5 B and 1 C
Good Luck to all former @AbercarnPrimary pupils getting their GCSE results today. #gwentgcses— @AbercarnPrimary 22 August 2013
Exciting news about our examination results coming up soon- statement at 9.30! #gwentgcses— @RiscaCCS_Head 22 August 2013
GCSE pupils at Tredegar Comprehensive School have produced the school's "best set of exam results ever", said Carol Morgans, head teacher.
"Over 70 per cent of pupils achieved 5 A*- C grades and met the Level 2 threshold," she said.
"The boys in almost all indicators outperformed the girls and no pupil left the school without achieving a qualification.
"The school has seen a significant increase in all main headline results this summer and are delighted. These excellent results are down to the commitment and hard work of the pupils, the dedication and high expectations of teaching staff and the support of their families.
"These young people need to be congratulated for their tremendous achievements. We are delighted with our pupils’ success and wish them well for the future."
Congratulations also to a Year 6 West Mon pupil who sat GCSE German and achieved a grade B.
Clive Jackson West Mon headteacher said "West Monmouth School continues to improve. For the third year running, KS4 results have improved.
"Provisional analysis of results suggests that there has been an improvement in all key indicators, most notably, the Level 2 Threshold (5 A* - C) has lifted by 10%, to 80% and capped points scores raised by 20 points.
"This is as a result of the tremendous commitment and hard work pupils and staff, underpinned by a very strong partnership with parents. We are very pleased with the results and everyone is very proud of the achievements of Year 11."
West Mon Head Girl, Lauren Jones, also did exceptionally well, achieving 3 A*, 4 A, 1 C and 1 B in Welsh short course, Additional Maths, 4 Key Skills qualifications. She also achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification at Intermediate level.
The top performing Year 11 pupil results at West Mon are –
Kayleigh Poulsom who achieved – 6A*, 4 A, 1 B, Additional Maths and AS Level ICT.
Thomas Holvey who achieved – 6 A*, 2A, 1B, Short Course Welsh a Distinction* and Additional Maths.
Keaton James who achieved – 3A*, 3 A, B in Welsh Short Course, a merit in Additional Maths, a national award in ICT – Distinction. He also achieved a Distinction* in Art and Design.
Some of those West Mon results -
Sophia Liu, a Year 10 pupil got GCSEs in English - A, RE - A and Welsh short course - A. She also sat AS Level Chinese and achieved a grade A. She had already sat her GCSE maths last year.
I'm at Llanwern High School to find out GCSE results. A Levels here showed good improvement last week #gwentgcses— @ArgusJenMills 22 August 2013
Good luck to all students receiving their GCSE results today! :)— @CaerphillyCBC 22 August 2013
Cwmcarn school beset with asbestos problems and forced to move pupils to study in Ebbw Vale is telling us they have had a big jump in pupils gett A*-C this year.
West Monmouth School in Pontypool is reporting 80% A*- C.
More to come from the school on that result shortly.
First results in from Lewis Girls's School, Hengoed which is celebrating 72% A*-C, described by Helen Harding, Deputy Headteacher as the best set of results in many years.
All Gwent GCSE results will be published in this live blog throughout the morning. Get involved by sending your school's results to email@example.com, ringing on 01633 777 219 or using the Twitter #gwentgcses
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