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Ceredigion pupils congratulated on their GCSE results

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Ceredigion County Council would like to congratulate pupils receiving their GCSE results today.
The Welsh Government confirmed this week that Centre Assessed Grades will be used to award grades to all pupils in Wales. Centre Assessed Grades are based on a wide range of evidence of work completed by pupils prior to the lockdown.

We are aware that all pupils and teaching and support staff have faced new challenges this year as a result of the coronavirus, and we would like to congratulate each and every one for their hard work and their willingness to adapt in challenging times. These results today are valuable and enable pupils to step confidently into their next stage of choice, whether in the world of work, further education or in the sixth form.

As it is not possible for the pupils to go to their respective schools today to get their results in the usual way, the Head of each school in Ceredigion would like to congratulate all pupils in the county on their achievements and wish them well for the future.

Dorian Pugh, Head of Ysgol Henry Richard, said: “It has been a difficult time for our young people as they have had to finish their time at Ysgol Henry Richard earlier than usual. Although they have not had the full opportunity to prove themselves through an exam process, I hope that the pupils will be proud of their results which reflect a committed collaboration between themselves and the school staff. I would like to thank the pupils who receive their GCSE results this year for all their hard work and for being excellent pupils for the school, and I wish them all the best as they move into post-16 education or the world of work.”

Jane Wyn, Head of Ysgol Bro Pedr, said: “We are very proud of the pupils’ achievements and would like to take this opportunity to wish the pupils every success in the future. We look forward to welcoming many of the pupils back to Ysgol Bro Pedr’s sixth form in September. As a school, we believe that these results are a testimony to the pupils’ hard work, the school’s high standards of teaching and the support received from parents”.

Mair Hughes, Head of Penglais School, said: “Our Year 11 students have worked very hard this year, during these unprecedented times, to achieve their GCSE results. We are very proud of their progress and look forward to welcoming students back to the Sixth Form, and wish those moving on all the best in the future.”

Nicola James, Head of Cardigan Secondary School, said: “I warmly congratulate all the students on their well-deserved success and thank teaching staff for their detailed and principled work in preparing the centre assessed grades. Our focus continues to be on maximising the progress of every pupil across a broad range of subjects, and most of our students studied for between 12 and 14 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and were regularly assessed throughout. We are proud of the achievements of all our students, which are the result of their hard work throughout the GCSE course of study, and the input of our excellent teaching and support staff who ensure high quality learning experiences and pastoral care for all students. We congratulate everyone on their success.”

Owain Jones, Head of Aberaeron Comprehensive School, said: “It is a privilege to congratulate our pupils on their excellent results. Although the past months have been different in terms of school experience, these results are well deserved and reflect the commitment of pupils to their studies, their hard work and the support of teachers and school staff and parents and carers. We are looking forward to welcoming a high percentage of pupils back to our sixth form and wish everyone who goes on to study at college, pursue an apprenticeship or enter the world of work the very best.”

Robert Jenkins, Head of Ysgol Bro Teifi, said: “The Head and staff of Ysgol Bro Teifi would like to thank the students for their efforts and contribution to the school life since it opened. Although it has been a challenging year for them, our students have responded maturely in unprecedented times. It will be great to welcome most students back to the Sixth Form in September and we wish every success to students who will undertake college courses, apprenticeships, or work. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to acknowledge their efforts in the near future.”

Rhian Bowen Morgan, Acting Head of Penweddig Comprehensive School, said: “As a school, we are very proud of the efforts made by our GCSE pupils and the way they have coped with the current challenges. They have worked diligently towards their results over a period of two years, and despite these unprecedented times, their qualifications remain to be of a high standard for their future.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “Warmest congratulations yet again this year to Ceredigion pupils on their GCSE successes. Even with all the challenges caused by the pandemic, our young people have worked hard and these results are proof of their commitment. Our students’ GCSE qualifications this year will carry the same value and status as all previous years and we wish everyone well with their future plans.”

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Ben Lake MP stands up for Ceredigion’s hospitality sector in Parliament

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A WESTMINSTER Hall debate, brought about by an online petition signed over 200,000 times, saw MPs on both sides come together to shine a light on the challenges currently faced by restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and supply chain businesses across the UK.

During his contribution to the debate, Ben Lake MP emphasised the importance of the hospitality industry to Ceredigion’s local economy. Ceredigion is home to nearly 400 food and accommodation businesses, including 75 pubs, and together hospitality businesses employ 4,500 people in the county. This equates to over 16% of all employees, without accounting for the many supply chain jobs that are dependent on the sector, such as those found in breweries, food wholesale, and catering equipment hire businesses.

Figures published by UK Hospitality have shown that approximately 41% of hospitality businesses suggested that they would fail by mid-2021 and only one in five sector businesses have enough cash flow to survive beyond February.

Ben Lake MP said: “The vaccination programme of course offers some hope that we will see the level of Covid disruption reduce significantly this year, but hospitality businesses across Ceredigion tell me that they are deeply concerned about their immediate prospects for survival.

“I support calls for the Treasury to provide additional funds so that businesses can be supported to bounce back once restrictions have been eased, and to pause employer national insurance contributions for furloughed employees as a way of alleviating the burden on businesses that are still, in many instances, required by law to close. I also urged the Treasury to consider extending the business rates holiday for the forthcoming financial year, as well as extending the hospitality VAT reduction scheme into 2022.

“Not only would these support measures give businesses the support they require to see out this pandemic, it would also avoid the terrible situation whereby businesses that have previously received Government support are forced to close for good – leaving their employees without a job and previous Government support in vain.”

While there will be no direct action as a consequence of this Westminster Hall debate, it is hoped the result will put increased pressure on the UK Government to consider the proposal more seriously.

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Lifeboat Operations Manager in New Year’s Honours list

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Richard Llewelyn Griffiths the Lifeboat Operations Manager of Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station has been recognised for services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Wales.

He has been awarded a BEM.

Having served as a RNLI volunteer for an impressive 47 years, it is his role in the last 21 years as Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) which has earned him the most respect.

His local knowledge has provided reassurance to casualties and crews alike when launching in difficult conditions.

His operational decision-making and station management skills are outstanding, and he is greatly valued by crew, management, volunteers and coastal personnel both past and present.

He has contributed greatly towards Aberystwyth being recognised as a ‘benchmark’ Inshore Lifeboat Station, serving as an example to the whole institution of how a station could and should be run.

Richard said: ‘I’m very surprised but honoured to be receiving a BEM – the news still doesn’t feel real. My father was awarded a BEM in 1988 and I still have his medal at home, so to be awarded one myself for my work with the lifeboats is a great privilege. I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of characters during my time with the RNLI – both at Borth and Aberystwyth – and continue to volunteer alongside a good crew today.’

Nationally, a total of six Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers have been recognised for their vital role in helping the charity save lives at sea through the New Year’s Honours.

Mark Dowie, RNLI Chief Executive said: ‘Following a challenging 2020, it is particularly pleasing to see these RNLI volunteers recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Together, they personify the RNLI’s ‘One Crew’ ethos, representing the variety and diversity of roles from a former full-time mechanic to shore crew and fundraisers to station managers, who collectively deliver a shared vision to save every one. On behalf of everyone at the RNLI, congratulations to you all for being recognised for your longstanding service, hard work and selfless commitment. And thank you for everything you do to help the RNLI save lives at sea.’

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Temporary closure of Minor Injuries Unit in Cardigan confirmed

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AS PART of its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hywel Dda University Health Board says it has temporarily closed the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) in Cardigan in order to redeploy clinical staff to support the COVID 19 response within Ceredigion.

The MIU, which is based in Cardigan Integrated Care Centre and normally operates from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, will temporarily close with immediate effect. The situation will be under constant review and normal service will be resumed when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

In the meantime, minor injuries help and advice is available as follows:

– visit the 111 symptom checker (https://111.wales.nhs.uk/)
– visit your local pharmacy
– call 111
– please do NOT self-present to the GP reception in Cardigan Integrated Care Centre as they do not deal with minor injuries.
– for emergency care the A+E departments are as follows:
· Glangwili Hospital A+E Carmarthen SA32 2AF
· Bronglais Hospital A+E Aberystwyth SY23 1ER
· Withybush Hospital A+E Haverfordwest SA61 2PZ

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