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- Number of A*, A and B grades up across Wales
- Highest number of Oxbridge offers for Welsh pupils in last four years
- Blaenau Gwent sixth formers collecting results from Learning Zone for first time
- Tweet us your results using #gwentalevels
Libby Goodenough, 18, and Matthew Bowen, 17 (pictured) both achieved the same grades, for the same subjects, and will be going to the same university come September.
The couple achieved 3 A* and 1 A in biology, chemistry, maths, and physics, and will attend Birmingham University to study medicine and pharmacy respectively.
Abbey Lloyd, 18, from Newbridge, was overjoyed with her 2 A* and 1 A in biology, maths and chemistry. She will now go on to study Pharmacy at Cardiff University.
Abbie Stark, 18, from Blackwood, got three As in Welsh, English and Psychology, and will study the latter at Cardiff University from next month.
THE pass rate for Caerphilly county students was 98.13 per cent, while A*-A grades were at 16.9 per cent and 72.9 per cent of grades were at C or above.
Jack Mainwaring, 18, from Blackwood, who studied at Coleg Gwent Crosskeys campus will be attending Cambridge this year after scoring 5 A*'s in maths, further maths, Welsh, chemistry and biology, and will study natural science at Churchill College, Cambridge from next month.
The former Pontllanfraith Comprehensive pupil said: “These were my predicted grades but I’m really happy to actually get them.
"I’m really thankful to the college and I’m looking forward to go and study Natural Science because it’s such a varied course.”
RT @ArgusMackintosh: .@StJuliansSchool had 100% A*-E (or equivalent) in all BTEC subjects and majority A2 courses. Maths saw 2A* and 7A #gw…— @MsSeivwrightStJ 14 August 2014
Students picking up their results at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw this morning #gwentalevels http://t.co/WD8It1ns5G— @torfaencouncil 14 August 2014
Here's some more happy students from Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw #gwentalevels http://t.co/aPnTC4Rbpo— @torfaencouncil 14 August 2014
We wish our young savers all the best with their A-Level results! We already think you're stars for saving for your future! #gwentalevels— @NewportCredit 14 August 2014
Liswerry High achieved a 95% pass rate at A level.
Twenty courses had a 100% pass rate and in particular high outcomes in English Literature, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Media and Sport Studies.
Year 13 pupil Iona Hunt had A and two Bs.
Shuhani Shohid had the same. Adam Rogers also achieved outstanding results. Year 12 students Carlton French and Jamie Parsons (pictured below) had 3As and 1B each.
These pupils with a special mug for being high achievers in the school's 40th year.
Students at Monmouth Comprehensive School achieved a pass rate of over 99%, of which 30% of students achieved three or more A*s and As at A Level.
Well over 80% of students achieved the higher grades. In Mathematics, over half the class of 40 students achieved the top grade. Similar levels of success were seen across many subject areas. Students who took the Welsh Baccalaureate at Advanced Level achieved a 100% pass rate.
Some of the top achieving students with 3 or more top grades were:
Ryan Lee, Lyndsey Millin, Ella Phillips, Huw Jones, Oliver Landsbert, Jessica Prince, Simran Kaur, Eleri Eldridge-Tull, Dani-Marie Evans, Kathleen Elverson, Saffron Parsons, Carrie Langley, Claire Baker, Katie Bedney, Evie Clarke, Alexi Warshawski.
Over 90% of students have gone onto their choice of University, college or employment-based training.
At A/S Level, students were equally successful and have laid firm foundations to take their subject choices to the next level of study.
The Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Caroline Dean said how delighted she was for all students in achieving such excellent results and being able to move onto their next pathway of choice.
Headteacher, Vaughan Davies said: “The school provides a rich and varied programme of study so that all can succeed to take the next steps in their lives. On September 11th the school will hold its Annual Awards’ Evening, where the whole community can come together to celebrate the success of our young people and their lives”.
Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw pupil Charlotte Stephens gained grades of A* in Politics, A in Economics and B in Chemistry, together with the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and her A grade in Mathematics that she took a year early last year.
These are in addition to 5 A* grades, 5 A grades and 2 B grades at GCSE.
She will now enter Mansfield College, Oxford to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
A spokeswoman for the school said: "Charlotte has been a diligent student throughout her time at Gwynllyw, and we wish her every success for the future."
Head of sixth form at Fairwater High School Claire Agar said she was delighted by the school’s A Level results.
She said she was not totally certain at the time the Argus called her but believed the school had achieved 100 per cent pass rate at A Level.
“We have got lots of happy faces – it’s a lovely day”, she said. “We are really pleased.”
Some successful students included Amelia Cobner who gained an A*, two As and a C and will study English Literature at Swansea, Joe Taylor, who achieved an A and two Bs and will study Chemistry at Swansea and identical twins Hollie and Lydia Boxall who both got into their first choice universities.
With one A*, two As and a B Hollie will study Photography at Bath Spa while her sister Lydia will take up an offer to study Fashion Design at the University of South Wales, with two As and two Bs.
The twins’ mum Claire Boxall said: “They are absolutely over the moon. I’m very proud – I’m speechless, to be honest. They worked hard and their results are well deserved.”
More happy pupils from Croesyceiliog School today! #gwentalevels http://t.co/INxnFvEBfY— @torfaencouncil 14 August 2014
Another from Llantarnam School #gwentalevels http://t.co/XDVbcLUlGr— @torfaencouncil 14 August 2014
Monmouth School head boy and GB rower Will England achieved four As.
He intends to take a gap year and is planning to apply for a rowing scholarship to university in America.
HMSG pupil Menna Rose was thrilled to receive an A* and two As and will study Psychology at Durham University after a gap year.
The sporty student, who has also excelled on the lacrosse pitch this year, winning her first full cap for Wales U19 last weekend, said: “I will work until Christmas and then I’m going to Ghana to work in an orphanage.
“I’ve always wanted to do it.
“Because I’m going to study Psychology it will be good for me to work with different types of people and help me to grow up a bit.
“I want to get out into the wide world.
“I worked really hard for the exams – I’ve never been so stressed in my life.”
She stands a chance of playing in the U19 lacrosse World Cup team next summer in Scotland.
At Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools (HMSG), 52.6 per cent of girls achieved A* - A grades - more than double the national average of 26 per cent.
And at Monmouth School, the boys enjoyed their second best recorded percentage of 16.3 for A* grades.
Many students won their first choice places at university, with several heading to Oxford or Cambridge to fulfil their dreams.
Mrs Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress at HMSG, said: “I am so proud of the girls’ results today.
“Whether they achieved A*s or Bs and Cs, they all worked extremely hard and their dedication has paid off."
Over at Monmouth School, 43.4 per cent of boys were awarded A* - A grades, which is four per cent up on last year.
And 73.5 per cent achieved A* - B grades, up eight per cent on last year’s results.
One pupil, Devan Kuleindiren, achieved four A*s.
Dr Steven Connors, Headmaster, said: “This year we achieved our second highest percentage of A* grades which bucked the national trend.
Newport: 23.8% A*-A grades, above Welsh average of 23.3%; A* grades, 6.4%, up from 6% last year, below Welsh average of 6.7 #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
RT @torfaencouncil: Congratulations to all the pupils at Croesyceiliog School who picked up their results today! #gwentalevels http://t.co/…— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
King Henry VIII in Abergavenny: 37% A*-A and 12% A* according to @MonmouthshireCC #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
RT @torfaencouncil: Boys from Llantarnam pleased about their AS results! Could we have the next @onedirection in Torfaen? #gwentalevels htt…— @ArgusROwen 14 August 2014
RT @ArgusMackintosh: Torfaen: 98.4% A*-E grades, up from 98.3% last year and above Welsh average of 97.5% #gwentalevels— @ArgusROwen 14 August 2014
Lliswerry High - celebrating 40th bday this year - had 95% pass rate and 20 of its courses had 100% pass rate #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
RT @FairwaterHT: #morehappycampers http://t.co/bjXTM0VPYm #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
RT @MonmouthshireCC: More pupils entered and more pupils passed - a great year for students in Monmouthshire #gwentalevels— @PaulMatthews67 14 August 2014
RT @ArgusMackintosh: Torfaen: At AS-level, pass rate was 88% down from 88.6% last year but above Wales average 85.7% #gwentalevels— @ArgusROwen 14 August 2014
Caerphilly: Pass rate 98.13%, up on the Welsh average of 97.5%. Grades A*-A 16.9% and A*-C 72.9% #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
18 year old Bronwyn Davies from Manmoel is thrilled to have bagged her place at the prestigious Queen Marys University in London to study Drama.
Bronwyn, who would eventually like to be an actress with the National Theatre, bagged an A in drama, a B in English and a B in geography. As well as her own hard work, she puts the achievements of the last two years partly down to her tutors: “They’re really helped me to get where I’m going – the teachers are the best; truly inspirational!”
Twins Marie and Chloe Smothers came in to collect their results and were really please with their AAB profiles – although in different subjects. The pair are very competitive but they’re nothing but pleased for one another and will both be studying in Cardiff from September – Marie to do Psychology and Chloe to do Law. “We’re really excited to be going to Cardiff, we’ve had a great time at the Learning Zone, it’s prepared us really well for the next step at university.”
Isabella Collins, 18, from Tredegar will also be going on to a future in medicine. The talented student secured a place at Oxford University with two A* grades in Pure Maths and Biology, and A grades in Physics and Chemistry. Isabella said: “I’m very happy and pleased that all my hard work paid off. I’m so excited to be being going to Oxford!”
And 18-year-old Jack Caswell’s hard work at the Learning Zone in the last two years means he’s on track to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor. Jack, from Tredegar, scooped As in Biology and History and a B in Chemistry. He’s thrilled he’s got into medical school: “Medicine at St George’s College University in London was my first choice so I’m ecstatic to have got the grades I needed. I’m on track to be the first doctor in my family – something we’re all really proud of – me, my family and my lectures, who have all been a great support for me throughout my studies.”
Three students at Coleg Gwent’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone are excited to be going on to study medicine, following today's results.
One of them is 18-year-old Benjamin Jefferies from Blaina.
He scooped As in Chemistry, Maths and History, and an A* in Biology. This impressive set of results has secured his place at the University of Birmingham.
“I’m so chuffed to get into my first choice uni,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my tutors, they’ve been incredible.”
Torfaen council has congratulated all students across the borough on today's A-level results.
In total, 98.4 per cent of pupils gained A*-E grades in Torfaen, slightly up from 98.3 per cent last year. This is above the Wales figure of 97.5 per cent.
The percentage of pupils achieving A*/A grades dipped to 16.1 per cent from 23.4 per cent last year. This is below the Wales figure of 23.3 per cent.
At AS-level, the percentage of pupils gaining A-E grades has dipped slightly to 88 per cent this year from 88.6 per cent last year. This is above the Wales figure of 85.7 per cent.
Councillor David Yeowell, executive member for children and young people, said:
"Educational achievement is so important in today’s world and these results will greatly help their prospects for the future.
"On behalf of the council, I would like to congratulate all the pupils on their results today and wish them well in their next venture."
RT @ArgusMackintosh: MT @MonmouthshireCC: Monmouth Comprehensive [had] pass rate of 99% and 30% of students achieving all A*-A #gwentalevels— @willmc21 14 August 2014
RT @torfaencouncil: Great results from Llantarnam School with 98% of pupils achieving two or more advanced qualifications! #gwentalevels ht…— @ChristinaHarrhy 14 August 2014
Careers Wales are also offering advice and information for those who have just received their results and are wondering what next.... see - https://www.careerswales.com/server.php?show=nav.9865
RT @MonmouthshireCC: Brilliant results in Chepstow Comprehensive where 100% of their students achieved at least 2 A-levels— @InnovatePR 14 August 2014
Elaine Fraser: Congratulations to Hannah Brunnock at @RougemontSchool on 5A's at AS in Economics, Maths, Critical Thinking, Chem & Biology— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
Well done Y13 @NewportH delighted 90% students passed their A level or L3 course #veryproudheadteacher #gwentalevels http://t.co/29xaRLlqBl— @kknewporthigh 14 August 2014
.@NewportH has a 90 per cent A-level pass rate this year w/ 21 per cent gaining A*, A, Distinction Star or Distinction (BTEC) #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
#gwentalevels @CwmcarnHS MT @DavidJonesMP: Congratulations to @KyleButcher on his excellent #alevelresults— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
Year 12s are collecting their AS results here now. Luke Kostanjsek, from Rogiet, has got five As #gwentalevels http://t.co/yq6XIEpDa2— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
Out & About - #gwentalevels at St Joseph's RC School http://t.co/GOYZDm8GsG http://t.co/deb4wPSRCW— @ArgusJBevan 14 August 2014
Good luck to all former pupils of @AbercarnPrimary collecting their A Level results today. #gwentalevels— @AbercarnPS_MrG 14 August 2014
RT @ArgusMackintosh: Good luck to all getting results! When taking A-level selfies use the hashtag #gwentalevels & let us know your results…— @ArgusJenMills 14 August 2014
Bumped into ex-Argus work exp alumni @natbrad97 at Caldicot School, who's celebrating her AS results #gwentalevels http://t.co/oWtL8Jbhgy— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
Plaid Cymru has congratulated students on their A Level and Welsh Baccalaureate results today.
Shadow minister for education, skills and the Welsh Language, Simon Thomas said:
“These students will today begin to think about their futures in earnest, and it is the Welsh Government’s duty now to create the environment where there are highly skilled jobs available for the next generation of Welsh employees.”
Plaid Cymru South West Wales AM Bethan Jenkins, a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, added:
“It is crucial young people get clear and unbiased advice. The advice should include information on apprenticeships as well as more traditional academic courses.
“Plaid Cymru welcomes the setting up of Qualifications Wales as an independent exam regulator free from the hands of Welsh Ministers. This will ensure standards are high and the credibility of qualifications from Wales.
“One concern Plaid Cymru has is that the implementation of the qualifications review is being rushed through without regard for the forthcoming new curriculum for Wales.”
#gwentalevels MT @CareersWales Caerphilly & Blackwood have drop-ins 1pm to 4pm today to give students advice on #exam results and what now— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
RT @UniSouthWales: We have a 5 minute queue on our Clearing lines so if you're trying to get through - hang on, we'll get to you as soon as…— @augustaquarius 14 August 2014
.@sjhs successes include Ciara Cullen 2A* 1A off to Durham; Georgia Buchanan 2 A* 1B (Cardiff); and George Mainstone 1A* 3A #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
.@sjhsnewport "absolutely thrilled" with results, 100% pass rate; number of A*-A's up to 23%; half students getting A*-B #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
More A*, A and A*-B grades at A-level in Wales this year, but number of entries down http://t.co/76w4N0Vu3j #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
MT @coleggwent: We're celebrating the best set of A Level results ever in Blaenau Gwent today #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
Really pleased with my resluts A in public services A in Welsh bacc C in photography and a E in religious studies!! ;) #gwentalevels.— @DCooke_142 14 August 2014
MT @WG_EducationMin Oxford University has made the highest number of offers to Welsh applicants in four years #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
Blaenau Gwent Council would like to congratulate all Blaenau Gwent’s A-Level students on their ‘exceptional’ results today.
This is the first year all post-16 students in Blaenau Gwent picked up their results from the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone.
Trevor Guy, interim director of education at Blaenau Gwent Council, said: “We must now ensure that even more students make the decision to build on their GCSE success and go on to study for and achieve the higher qualifications.”
Leader of Blaenau Gwent Council, Cllr Hedley McCarthy added: “We took a difficult decision to totally transform post-16 education here in Blaenau Gwent by closing all our sixth forms and moving students to a state-of-the-art campus on the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale. We were delighted to work with Coleg Gwent, the Welsh Government and the University of Wales Newport to deliver the Learning Zone and its multi-million pound modern educational facilities, which now gives students the option to study over 30 A-Level courses, plus a wide range of vocational subjects."
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said of today's results:
“It is clear that standards have been maintained across the board and credit for that must go to teachers who have, yet again, pulled out all the stops to ensure that young people are supported to achieve their best.
“That they have achieved these results against a backdrop of inadequate funding, pay cuts, attacks on their working conditions and the continuing uncertainty over the future of the A-level system in Wales is a testament to their dedication and skills.
Rex Philips, NASUWT Wales Organiser, said:
“The future of many of our young people will be defined by these results, so today should be about celebrating the success and achievement of those who have realised their goals.
Cwm Rhymni: 84% A*-C, 21% A*-A, 54% A*-B. 81 out of 83 applicants gone straight through to university. Da iawn chi. #gwentalevels— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
Ace results at Caerleon Comp -Aled Vaghela got 4A* 1A, off to Cambridge; Jonathan Wright (Cambridge) Ben Rackham (Oxford) 4A* #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
Just spoken to head of Blackwood-based Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, Owain ap Dafydd, who said it has been their best year yet. #gwentalevels— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
Share your A levels good news with us - use #gwentalevels, tweet us your news and selfies— @ArgusMWilliams 14 August 2014
Triplets Hannah, Will and Tom Leney are all going to Birmingham - but staying in different halls #gwentalevels http://t.co/zzi1Bxt4b0— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
RT @ArgusMackintosh: (2/2) Faris Hussain 2A* 2A who plans to study medicine; and Lucy Cox 2A* A who'll study pharmacy #gwentalevels @Rougem…— @RougemontSchool 14 August 2014
I have a place on my Acting degree for 2015!!!! Woooooo! :D #gwentalevels— @CarysMcQueen 14 August 2014
COMMENTING on today’s A-Level results, Marcus Mason, policy manager for employment and skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:
“Students and teachers across the UK deserve to be congratulated for achieving a strong set of academic results. Businesses will applaud the increased take up in science and maths, subjects that are vital for the success of the UK economy. "However, the continued decrease in the take up of foreign languages is a worrying trend as many businesses report that there is a skills gap in this area. Having strong knowledge of a foreign language is an excellent way of preparing young people for the wide-range of opportunities available in today’s globalised world."
Jubilant scenes at @RougemontSchool #gwentalevels http://t.co/uDbuyg9wys— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
FOURTEEN Year 11 pupils from West Monmouth School in Torfaen achieved AS Level ICT early, the school said.
.@CwmcarnHS has a 100% pass rate (A-E) for A-level students this year. The school is "extremely pleased" #gwentalevels— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
Double celebration for Duffryn High's Laura Wood who turned 18 today and made it into Cardiff Uni! #gwentalevels http://t.co/6oYVPPulJ2— @hayleymillsFP 14 August 2014
Here's one for the future - Kyle Butcher has 1A in the bag, but has a predicted 4A*s and a further A for next year. He's 17 #gwentalevels— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
(Hence the boxing pose. She's a boxer #gwentalevels)— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
She's off to Cardiff Met to do sports studies #gwentalevels— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
Big #gwentalevels well done to Rosie Eccles, from Bulwark. She turned last year's B, D, D and U to an A and two Bs http://t.co/p1tfnwrMEx— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
Clearing computers aren't being used at Chepstow School. Must be a good sign #gwentalevels http://t.co/KVyNVDN2dG— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
Congratulations and best of luck to all those receiving their A Level results today. #gwentalevels— @RosemaryButler 14 August 2014
@ArgusNBriant girlfriend of Duffryn High's Josh Lynbeck who is also off to Oxford! High achieving couple! #gwentalevels— @hayleymillsFP 14 August 2014
Duffryn High's Aled Jones is off to Manchester Uni to study computer science after achieving A,B,B #gwentalevels http://t.co/M8zIHv7zAk— @hayleymillsFP 14 August 2014
Josh Lynbeck is the only Duffryn high pupil to go to Oxford uni and is studying history #gwentalevels http://t.co/GYy67OosIm— @hayleymillsFP 14 August 2014
The tenth Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma award has seen a record number of both entries and passes, said the WJEC.
There were a record number of entries for the Advanced Level Welsh Baccalaureate this year (10,666), an increase of 334 or 2.9% on entries in 2013. Candidates were drawn from 170 schools, colleges and training providers throughout Wales.
A record total of 9,288 candidates or 87.1% have achieved the Advanced Diploma, compared with 8,565 or 82.7% in 2013. Having met the full range of requirements of the Core components 9,856 or 92.4% of candidates achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Core Certificate compared with 9,159 or 88.4% in 2013.
The cumulative nature of the Welsh Baccalaureate means that those candidates who achieved the Core Certificate may complete the requirements and enter for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma in 2015.
NUT Cymru has sent its congratulations to the thousands of students across Wales celebrating their A Level results today.
NUT Cymru Policy Officer, Owen Hathway, said:
“Students and teachers across Wales should be proud of the results they have secured. Many months and years of hard work and dedication have gone into ensuring that these high standards have been achieved.
“Very often students will have gained their grades as a result of the extra work teachers have put in above and beyond their working hours. That cooperation and commitment has made it possible for so many students to reach, and in many cases exceed, their own expectations.
“It is particularly pleasing to see progress being made in the percentage of students receiving the top A-A* grades in key subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and further Mathematics. These are a strong set of results that should rightly be commended and celebrated.”
At @CwmcarnHS now, head of 6th form Helen Breen says it has been a "testing year but the results speak volumes" #gwentalevels— @ArgusCIwan 14 August 2014
CHEPSTOW School is celebrating improved A Level results for the 4th year running today. A third of grades were at A* and A and students achieved a 100% pass rate.
86 students sat A Level or equivalent qualifications.
31% of grades achieved were the top grades of A* or A.
26% achieved ABB or better, the universities’ indicator of top performing students.
58% achieved A* - B
81% achieved A*-C
Two students have secured places at Oxford University. Rhiannon White is going to Pembroke College, to read experimental psychology. She secured grades of A*,A*,A, A . Tim Bonvoisin is going to St Peter’s College to read philosophy and theology. He achieved A,A,A.
Triplets Hannah, Will and Tom Leney are all off to Birmingham university.
Two more studnets, Sam Williams and Megan Davies, have secured very competitive places at the Royal Welsh College of Music.
Over 80% are progressing on to Higher Education, and all others have secured employment, apprenticeships or further training.
Melanie Thomas, Head of 6th Form, said: “These are superb results for a dedicated, diligent year group. During my first year at the school, I have been proud to witness our students' talents, hard work and tenacity, all of which have clearly paid dividends, shown not only in their excellent academic achievements, but also in the multitude of enrichment activities they have undertaken, ranging from charity events to the Duke of Edinburgh and Young Leaders projects. I have been proud to be their Head of 6th Form and wish them all the very best of luck for the future."
The Welsh Baccalaureate results:
• 10,666 learners completed Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate programmes this year;
• 9,856 learners (92.4% of those who completed the programme) achieved the Core certificate of the Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate. An increase of 4 percentage points on last year); and
• 9,288 learners (87.1% of those who completed the programme) have achieved both the Core certificate and the options requirements and have been awarded the full Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma. An increase of 4.4 percentage points on last year.
The A and AS level results published today show that for students in Wales:
97.5% of A Level entries resulted in a pass
75.2% of A Level entries resulted in a pass at grade A*- C
85.7% of AS entries resulted in a pass.
EDUCATION and Skills Minister Huw Lewis has praised students in Wales for a strong set of A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results.
He said: “The A level pass rate in Wales remains high and that’s something we should all be welcoming. Once again our students have done us proud. They have worked incredibly hard with the support of their teachers and their parents. They should be commended and their achievements celebrated.
“I was very pleased to see the progress our students are making in achieving the higher grades, particularly in key subjects such as physics, history and chemistry which all showed improved A*-A pass rates compared to last year. Our performance at A*-C for mathematics, chemistry and history also compares favourably with other parts of the UK and performance at English at A*-C has made great strides.
“This year’s Welsh Baccalaureate results are also great news for our learners. This qualification gives them the essential skills and experiences they need to be better prepared for the next stage of their life, whether they decide to go on to university or work."
The Minister also welcomed news that Oxford University has offered more Welsh students places this year than in the past four years, with a total of 86 offers.
“I’m delighted with these figures”, the Minister added. “It’s clear that the excellent work of our Oxbridge Ambassador, Paul Murphy, has already gone some way in encouraging Welsh students to apply.”
Rhiannon Brereton and Darcy Wright both got what they wanted. Rhiannon's going to train as an air hostess at Filton College #gwentalevels— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
In Wales there were more A*, more A and more A*-B grades this year, although the number of entries was down 0.6 per cent.
best of luck to anyone getting their A Level results today! I'm crossing my fingers for you all :) xo— @Reekles 14 August 2014
RT @hayleymillsFP: One of the highest achievers at St Joseph's- Ciara Cullen 2x A* and 1x A- well done! #gwentalevels http://t.co/PCgw4Slph1— @ArgusMWilliams 14 August 2014
Across Wales, 97.5 per cent of A-level entries resulted in a pass; 75.2 per cent had a pass at grade A*- C; and 85.7 per cent of AS entries resulted in a pass.
RT @CaldicotTownAFC: All the best to our Youth players getting their A level results #gwentalevels— @ArgusMackintosh 14 August 2014
Rhiannon White is off to Oxford. She went to Pembroke Primary; she's going to study at Pembroke College #gwentalevels http://t.co/go5FJCgCcZ— @ArgusNBriant 14 August 2014
In Newport, Duffryn High School’s head boy, Joshua Lynbeck has secured a place at the University of Oxford following his A-level results.
Joshua, 18 from Allt yr yn, achieved an A* in history, an A* in English Literature and an A in French.
Josh will read History at Balliol College, Oxford.
More A-levels were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.
In total, just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.
But the proportion of A* grades handed out rose to 8.2%, up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.
And the overall A*-E pass rate fell by 0.1% to 98% - the first time it has fallen in 32 years.
Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.
The latest results come amid major changes to the system, with January exams scrapped, leaving fewer opportunities for students to re-sit papers. All exams are now taken in the summer.
Schools have been warned that they could see changes to their results this year due to the overhaul.
Exam chiefs today suggested that those schools which have traditionally used January exams for re-sits could see "greater volatility" than those who enter pupils for papers at the end of courses.
The latest results, which show how pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have performed, show that an increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%, while those taking maths has gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.
The number studying English has gone down by 4.6%, but even greater decreases can be seen in subjects such as political studies, which is down by 10.6%, and general studies, which has dropped by a massive 24.3%.
Results for other "facilitating subjects" - traditional subjects often favoured by top universities - remain relatively unchanged, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) said, with the majority seeing increases in A* grades but small declines at A.
JCQ said that there could be "several factors" contributing to this pattern in results, such as teachers working in different ways following the removal of January exams, a shift towards "facilitating subjects" affecting the proportion getting A grades and the A* becoming more important for universities and students.
Commenting on the results, Michael Turner, director general of the JCQ, said: "Although the system has undergone change, this year's national results are very stable.
"As ever, students and teachers across the country have worked hard to achieve them and should be congratulated for their efforts and the fruits of their labours.
"It is possible that due to the removal of the January series some schools and colleges may experience volatility in their results, depending on how they have adapted to the changes. But it is important to remember that standards have been maintained and, despite the changes, are comparable with previous years.
"The increase in the number of students taking Spanish and some other EBacc subjects at AS will be welcomed by many and it will be interesting to see if these rises follow through to next year's A-levels."
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Rougemont School in Newport are reporting they are "very happy" with their exam results this year with 70 per cent of A-level exam entries achieving A* to B grades, compared to the national average of 53 per cent.
There was a jump in the number of A* and A grades from previous years, with 44 per cent of students achieving A* and A.
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27 subjects across the college's campuses achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, while Crosskeys campus saw a pass rate of 97.6 per cent.
The overall pass rate at A*-C at the campus is 77.5 per cent, slightly higher than last year.
Principal Jim Bennett said he was delighted with the outcome.
"Both staff and students should be extremely proud of themselves," he said.
"We’re delighted that our first students taking A Levels at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone have achieved great results that they can be very proud of."
Students across Gwent will be opening their results this morning as schools and colleges opened just a few minutes ago.
The waiting’s over for 528 Coleg Gwent students who sat more than 1,300 A Level examinations between them earlier this year.
The A-level students getting results at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone campus in Ebbw Vale achieved a 97.7 per cent overall pass rate.
WITH a raft of UK Government measures to change education across the country in the pipeline, unions have spoken out ahead of the A Level results.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT said despite speculation and predictions that the number of top grades this year will fall, the bulk of the coalition's reforms to A Levels have not yet been implemented and so will have "no impact" on this year’s results.
“Awarding bodies have indicated that any fall in top grades, if one does occur, is likely to be very small and that, overall, A Level results are likely to be broadly in line with recent years.
“Teachers should be commended for their hard work to ensure that standards have been maintained despite...cuts to budgets in the post-16 sector, which have had a significant impact on the staffing levels and resources available in schools and colleges.
“The fact is that results will have been achieved despite the government’s reforms, not because of them.”