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Best ever GCSE results in Ceredigion

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shutterstock_131900813THE EDUCATION SECRETARY Kirsty Williams has offered her congratulations to students across Wales celebrating their GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results.

The record levels of A*-C, a high point achieved in the previous two years, has been maintained and there has been an increase in those achieving the top grades.

Kirsty Williams said: “I want to congratulate the thousands of young people receiving their results. This year’s GCSEs show another strong performance with two thirds of our learners achieving at least A* -C and an increase in the top grades. This is due to the hard work of our pupils and their teachers.

“The performance of our individual science subjects remains high when compared with the UK results and entry levels have also increased.  Our Welsh Baccalaureate performance is also excellent with more than 14,000 pupils now having extra skills and experiences that give them an edge in an increasingly competitive world.
“Teachers and pupils can be proud that Wales has maintained our record pass rate.  I will continue to focus on raising standards and ambitions for excellence across all our schools.”

GCSEs in Wales are changing; six GCSE subjects with first teaching already started in September 2015 have been reformed – English Language, Welsh Language, English Literature, Welsh Literature, Mathematics Numeracy and Mathematics. The November 2016 and summer 2017 exams will reflect these new qualifications.

 

The GCSE examination results published yesterday (Aug 25) by the WJEC indicate that very high standards are being maintained in the Schools of Ceredigion.

99.6% of entries for WJEC examinations were graded A to G, with 25.8% of the entries achieving A* and A grades and 76.1% grades A* to C.

Ceredigion Wales
Grade A*/A 25.8% 19.4%.
Grade A*-C 76.1% 66.6%
Grade A*-G 99.6% 98.7%

Barry Rees, Strategic Director for Lifelong Learning and Partnerships, stated: “We are celebrating our best ever GCSE results this year with 70% of pupils achieving at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including language and mathematics. This is an exceptional set of results for Ceredigion and school leaders, governors, teachers, support staff and parents must all be thanked for bringing out the best in our talented pupils.”

County Councillor Hag Harris, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, added: “Once again Ceredigion pupils have excelled in their GCSE examinations. To continue improving on our previous best is quite an achievement. Alongside this year’s pleasing A level results, this confirms that our schools are providing an excellent standard of education for the young people of Ceredigion and I wish them all the best for the future”

Ceredigion students achieved a pass rate of 99.6% (i.e. 99.6% A*-G Grades) with 76.1% students achieving A*-C grades

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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