Celebrations as students pass the test
CARMARTHENSHIRE and Ceredigion schools are celebrating outstanding GCSE results after it was announced both counties are performing much better than the Welsh average.
There were scenes of excitement and joy across the area as pupils discovered how they had done. For most is was a day to remember, with many pupils receiving outstanding results.
Schools in Carmarthenshire saw a two per cent improvement in grades compared to last year with 68.1 per cent of pupils achieving grades A* to C.
Carmarthenshire Council's education executive board member, Councillor Keith Davies, said: "We wish to congratulate the large number of pupils in Carmarthenshire who have achieved excellent results in their GCSE examinations."
He added: "While paying tribute to their efforts and success, the council also wishes to acknowledge the dedication and support given to them by their schools, teaching, support staff and, naturally, the parents for whom today will be a proud day."
Ceredigion schools are performing even better, with 72.8 per cent of pupils achieving grades A* to C.
Councillor Hag Harries, Ceredigion Council Cabinet Member for Learning Services and the Children and Young People's Partnership, stated: "These results clearly illustrate the commitment and effort made by our learners and staff within Ceredigion to strive for the best possible outcomes in 2013.
At Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen pupils passed every exam.
Head teacher Dorian Williams said the results were "of great satisfaction for all concerned".
He said: "This is quite an achievement, but in addition to the 100 per cent pass rate it is pleasing to note that 80.6 per cent of the grades awarded fell into the A*-C grades.
"I heartily congratulate everyone."
At QE High School in Carmarthen staff said results were very pleasing.
Head teacher Peter Spencer said: "This is the first time we have exceeded 70 per cent of pupils achieving the equivalent of five top grades or better.
"Following last year's English results fiasco, our English results have risen dramatically this year."
He added: "School was a mixture of excitement and relief.
"It has been a pleasure to share in the celebration and achievements of individual students, which is thoroughly deserved given their hard work.
"I would like to congratulate each and every individual pupil on their results."
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