Bumper crop of GCSE results in Torfaen

At West Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils picked up their GCSE results. Pictured please with his grades is Rhys Baldwin 16. (9546716)

At West Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils picked up their GCSE results. Pictured ready to open, are pupils from left Fiona Dodge, Toni Gingell, Hannah Price, Kate Squire. (9546720)

At West Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils picked up their GCSE results. Pictured opening and reading results on left is Cody Amesbury and Katie Roberts both 16. (9546735)

At West Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils picked up their GCSE results. Pictured left is mother Julia Hull with daughter Molly 16, celebrating her results and place in Crosskeys College to study Fashion and Design. (9546749)

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TORFAEN students are celebrating after a bumper crop of GCSE results.

The proportion of Fairwater students who obtained five or more A*-Cs jumped from 70 per cent in 2013 to 94 per cent this year.

Meanwhile, 56 per cent bagged five or more A*-Cs with English and maths up from 53 per cent last year.

And the proportion of pupils who got at least five A*-G also increased from 93 to 98 per cent.

Headteacher Helen Coulson said: “These results put Fairwater High School as one of the highest achieving schools in Torfaen as well as the most improved.”

Abersychan School celebrated after the proportion of pupils who received five or more A*-Cs soared from 65 per cent in 2013 to nearly 70 per cent this year.

Meanwhile the proportion of students who bagged five or more A*-Cs with English and maths also increased from 34 per cent last year to 49 per cent this summer.

And 90 per cent got at least five A*-Gs up from 89 per cent last year.

Top performers included Leila Thomas and Chloe Bright who each got 10 A* grades.

Mr Conway said: "The results are fabulous, we're absolutely thrilled.”

At Croesyceiliog provisional figures indicated yesterday [August 21] the proportion of pupils who had passed five or more A*-Cs was 76 per cent down from 80 per cent last year.

Similarly the provisional statistics indicated the proportion of pupils who had passed five or more A*-Cs with English and maths had fallen from 65 per cent to 58 per cent.

But headteacher David Taylor stressed the figures were “very provisional” and they still needed to add courses which could improve the final results.

Mr Taylor, 51, said: “All the indications are that overall these are another strong set of results for the school and I am really pleased for our pupils and their teachers.”

Llantarnam School also celebrated after the proportion of pupils who bagged five or more A*-Cs soared from 74 per cent in 2013 to 79 per cent this year.

The proportion of pupils who passed five or more A*-Cs with the core subjects English and maths also soared from 29 to 39 per cent.

High achievers included Henllys pupil Lucy Griffiths who bagged three A*, seven As and three Bs a week before her sixteenth birthday.

She is planning to study maths, French and perhaps law at Llantarnam. She said: “I’m over the moon.”

Jack Morris, 16, got three A*, two As and two Bs, Rhianwen Hallows, 16, bagged three A* and five As and Rebecca Postle, 16, 10 As and four Bs.

Headteacher Gareth Whitcombe said: “This is down to the professionalism of staff, the hard work of pupils and the support we have had from parents at home. This is a really good set of results.”

At St Alban’s School the proportion of pupils achieving five or more A*-Cs with English and maths remained steady at around 70 per cent for the third year running.

Headteacher Michael Coady, 55, said: “I’m pleased. We jumped three years ago by 20 per cent and we haven’t dropped back. We’re on a new level.”

At West Mon School the proportion of pupils achieving five or more A*-Cs increased from 80 per cent last year to 84.9 per cent this year.

Data manager Tannwen Saunders, 40, said: “We are absolutely thrilled for the children.

“We went by 10 per cent last year and we’ve gone up another five per cent this year.”

There was joy for pupils including Sophia Liu who flew back from China to pick up her results including four A* and four As in subjects including IT, maths and science.

Emilie Powell,16, told the Argus she planned to study English and maths at Crosskeys College after getting one A*, five As and two Bs. The Pontypool student said: “I’m really pleased.”

At Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw 89 per cent bagged five or more A*-C up from 86 per cent last year.

Meanwhile the percentage of pupils who obtained five A*-Gs rose to 98 per cent up from 95.5 per cent last year.

Star pupil Beth Jones said she was very happy her had worked had been reflected in her results after getting five A* and six As.

A school spokesman said: “Warm congratulations to all our students having received excellent results this week.”

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