Around the Pembrokeshire schools on A-Level results day
3:50pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
Western Telegraph reporters were out at schools across the county this morning (Thursday) as students opened their A-Level results.
Here, we hear from senior teachers from across the county on how their pupils performed.
Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids
YDS headteacher David Haynes said: “I would like to congratulate all year 13 students on their excellent A level results, achieving an overall A* – E pass rate of 97% with 62% of all entries achieving A* - C.
“In addition the school is delighted that 96% of the cohort achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma.
“Notable achievements include Abbie Jones, (A AA,WBQ); Ben Sutton, (A*AAB,WBQ); Michael Beckett, AAB,WBQ) and Rhian Perry (AAB,WBQ).
“These achievements reflect the outstanding working relationship between the students, dedicated teaching team and the support of the families.”
Greenhill School, Tenby
A level results at Greenhill School, Tenby were 'outstanding', said headteacher Janet Kingston.
Over 90 per cent of students achieved at least a C grade, and nearly half the exams were graded at A or A*.
Seven pupils gained A or A* grades in all their subjects - Kezia Tooby, Emily Hartless, Jack O'Shea, Morgan Thomas, Sam Hunter-Baxter, Paul Rees and Francesca Webster
The school also had a pass rate of over 95 per cent in the Welsh Baccalaureate, and at AS level, Ellie Wainwright, Harriet Attewell, Lwewis Brickle, Lewis Evans and Emily Carling all had A grades in at least three subjects.
Pembroke School headteacher Frank Ciccotti said the upper sixth was a strong academic group.
Some 23% of pupils achieved A and A* grades, while 73% of pupils had A* to C. Percentages rose to 43% and 79% respectively when including the Welsh Baccalaureate.
The number of top grades were up 11% on last year’s A Level results and had themselves increased by 9% at A and A* and by 14% at A* to C since taking their AS exams.
Mr Ciccotti said: “There were some outstanding individual results with straight A* candidates, which requires more than 90% in all upper sixth exams.
“Most students attained grades for their first choice of university place and nearly all were able to take first or second choice places."
Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest
At Sir Thomas Picton School, 85.9% of students achieved A*-C grades with an excellent 39% gaining A-A* grades.
Dr Nick Poole, incoming headteacher at Sir Thomas Picton School, said: “We’re delighted with the overall performance of students at both AS and A2.
“There have been excellent results in all areas of the curriculum, and some outstanding individual performances.”
He added that all students who had applied for university had been offered their first choices.
“These results are a reflection of the hard work and commitment shown by students, parents and staff over the years, and the cumulative achievement across the county is to be celebrated.”
Year 13 pupil Liam Maggs will be going to Cardiff to study microbiology, Kate Hatchett will be studying adult nursing at Swansea University, and Emily Jones will be travelling to Shropshire to study Agricultural Business.
Tasker Milward School, Haverfordwest
Headteacher of Tasker Milward School, Mrs Maggie Haynes, said: “We’re really pleased; all the year 13s who applied for university have got their choice.
“They’ve done really well – we’re really proud of them.”
Some 74 per cent of students obtained grade A* to C, with 92 per cent completing the advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate.
Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard
At Ysgol Bro Gwaun the A*-C pass rate was 84.1%, the best result in five years. The A*-A pass rate was 42.5% which is the school's highest ever percentage.
Boys outperformed girls with 50% of boys achieving A* and A grades
Headteacher Nerys Nicholas said: “I’m delighted with the pupils' success and pay tribute to the commitment of both pupils and staff. I applaud the success of these young people and wish our young students all the best as they embark on a new chapter in their lives."
Ysgol y Preseli, Crymych
Of the 85 students who sat A-Level examinations at Ysgol Y Preseli in 2013, 40% of all grades were awarded at A*-A, 80% at A*-C and 98% A*-E.
The school congratulated pupils on gaining excellent results once again.
Headteacher Mr Michael Davies thanked pupils and teachers for their hard work and dedication in what has been a very busy academic year which included the hosting of the Urdd National Eisteddfod.
Mr Davies also thanked the parents, Governors and the wider school community for their continued excellent support.
Milford Haven School
The school’s A level students celebrated their achievements with 95% of pupils achieving an A to E grade.
Deputy headteacher Andrew Miles said that the school had also seen a 7% increase in pupils achieving an A to C grade in their AS levels, compared to last year.
He said: “We have got a lot of top grades and high achievers, with a number of individuals performing extremely well.”
Headteacher Rod Francis said: “In A2, the standards are high particularly at the top end, which reflects on the teachers in the school. The children’s performance matches that of the other schools in the federation, which shows that they are motivated to succeed.”
Mr Francis said that 100% of pupils who entered, got the Welsh Baccalaureate.
He added: “It’s a testament to the hard work of the pupils and the staff. And everyone, who wished to go, has secured their place in higher education."
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