Coedcae school pupils are top of the class
THESE school pupils have got a head start on the rest of their year group.
Patrick Irwin and Matthew Howells, along with Jordan Price, all aged 15, are top of the class after achieving their AS Level in maths despite being in Year 10.
Patrick, of Alban Road, said: "We did maths GCSE early so the teacher asked us would we like to do AS Levels early as well.
"It's a relief really, I'm happy with my grades and it will be nice to finish the AS Levels in Year 11 and be able to do more things in college."
He added that while he enjoyed maths, preparing for the exams was hard work.
"I like maths, it's more straight forward than some of the other subjects, all you have to do is study," he said.
"It was quite a lot of work and we had to stay in lunchtimes and after school.
"Our friends have been pretty good and they are proud of what we have done and realise what we had to revise for.
"We used a lot of our own spare time and the teachers' time as well. I hope to do something engineering or science based in the future."
Matthew, of Lower Trostre Road, added: "It's been a lot of hard work but it was worth it in the end.
"I have enjoyed all of it really, it's been a great experience. I am thinking of doing law and maybe engineering in the future."
Another pupil with cause for celebration is Ellie Dainton — whose GCSE grades gained her a scholarship with the British Army to train as an officer at Sandhurst.
She achieved eight A*s and four As, and is now heading off to Coleg Sir Gar, where she plans to study maths, further maths, geography and physics.
But the 16-year-old is already planning further ahead — with a career in the Army in mind.
"It's the right career for me, I get to travel the world and there is camaraderie and stuff like that," she said.
"My dad Clive was in the Army and he wants me to do it and I am going to see whether I can go into the intelligence core."
Ellie has also represented Wales for race walking, and competed for Wales at the Schools' International Athletic Board games in Kent, against representatives from England, Scotland and Ireland.
But she did not consider her sporting prowess when weighing up her career options.
"Sport is not a career to me, it is more of a hobby," she said.
"The Army is a career and I can do sport and stuff alongside that.
"I want to travel the world — I have been to a few places like Australia, Italy, America and Tunisia and I enjoy seeing new cultures and places and experience new things."