THE 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.
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