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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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Ceredigion Conservative Association Elects a New Chairman

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On the 18th September, the Ceredigion Conservative Association held its Annual General Meeting, attended remotely by Conservative Members from across the County. The Association was formally re-established and Patrick Loxdale was elected as the new Chairman.

Commenting on his new position, Patrick says:

“ I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to serve in this position. I believe passionately in democracy and the democratic process. The Welsh Conservatives came second in Ceredigion in last year’s General Election, increasing the Conservative vote share by more than the national average. It shows that Conservative values are widely held by people of all ages in Ceredigion, and it is important that we have a functioning local association, and strong candidates to allow their opinions to be heard.”

Patrick, whose family have lived in Llanilar for five generations, previously served as a Medical Officer in The Royal Navy for almost twenty years, qualifying as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. From 2001 to 2016 he worked as an NHS Consultant in Devon. Moving back to Llanilar when his brother passed away, Patrick now farms from his family home and enjoys acquiring new knowledge in organic farming and rural management. Patrick adds:

“Ceredigion is a fantastic place to live, with a world beating environment. There are great opportunities for our future and our children’s security, prosperity and fulfilment here. Yet the Labour run Welsh Government continues to fail to grasp this and rarely provides any real focus outside of the M4 corridor! In next year’s Senedd election, the people of Ceredigion deserve a credible alternative choice; a choice that rejects both the on-going failures of Welsh Labour and the separatist ideology of Plaid Cymru. It is time for the people of Ceredigion to vote for the Welsh Conservatives.

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Walk-in testing now available for Aberystwyth town

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From today [Wednesday 30 September 2020], people in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 can access testing (through a booked appointment) via a temporary walk-in facility in the town.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged this extra testing service in addition to the drive through facility already in place at Canolfan Rheidol, because many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access the drive-through testing facility.

The facility is located in the former university nursery building (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), Penglais Road, Aberystwyth and can be accessed via the walkway which will be clearly signposted to ensure people get to the right place.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “We have put this extra facility in place to make sure those in the local community without their own transport are not missing out on getting a test when they need it.

“We appreciate the efforts people are making to help protect each other during this challenging time. I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, keep social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible, to help us live and work alongside the virus whilst containing its spread.”

Eifion Evans, Ceredigion County Council Chief Executive said, “We thank Hywel Dda University Health Board for providing extra testing service in Ceredigion. Residents and students alike are urged to utilise this service for the health of everyone living in our county and we are able to protect the vulnerable. This is a critical time for us to follow the rules and keep Ceredigion safe.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

Please make sure when booking your test that you select the option you need (for example, only book the walk-in centre if you are not able to travel in your own vehicle to the drive through facility). If you attend the walk-in centre you must wear a face covering.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide the temporary local address they are living at while they are students at Aberystwyth university and not their usual home address.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not turn up without booking first as it will not be possible to accommodate you without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

Thank you for helping to #KeepCeredigionSafe.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit www.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk

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Adjustment to Safe Zones

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In August, temporary traffic orders were introduced so that Safe Zones for four Ceredigion towns could remain for up to 18 months subject to regular reviews so minor adjustments can be made.

In line with the evidence collected on the use of the towns, Ceredigion County Council feel the need to keep the safe zones in place for the time being. Aberaeron and New Quay will continue as they are.

In Cardigan the closures will change to 11am until 4:30pm Monday to Saturday. The safe zones will not be in place on a Sunday in Cardigan. These adjustments will come in to force on Sunday morning, 04 October.

In Aberystwyth, additional parking has been implemented for the disabled and blue badge holders in Chalybeate Street close to the Care Society Mobility Centre.

Further enhancements to provide better access for the disabled and blue badge holders will also continue to be explored.

Safe zones were introduced in Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan and New Quay on 13 July to create safe and spacious areas for the public to visit and provide the confidence that social distancing can be maintained in these areas.

Safe zones will be in place until at least 01 November 2020 and reviewed fortnightly in line with the infection rate and available evidence.

More information can be seen on the safe zones web page: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/SafeZones

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