High-achieving GCSE students toast exams success
STUDENTS across South West Wales are celebrating after achieving higher GCSE grades than the national average.
In Swansea there were more youngsters celebrating A* and A grades than in other parts of Wales.
A total of 22.4 per cent were awarded the top marks in the city compared to 19.2 per cent across Wales and it is even higher than last year's A* and A results of 20.9 per cent.
More than 90 per cent of students achieved the higher grades of A* to C in 13 subjects — the same as during 2012.
The figures come hot of the heels of the success of Swansea's A-Level students who are celebrating better results than those living elsewhere in Wales.
Will Evans, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: "I'm delighted to see that students in Swansea have attained results well above the national average again this year.
"It's particularly pleasing that this has been achieved in a year when national results have not shown improvement.
"The results are a credit to the students and their teachers, and emphasise once again the high standards in Swansea schools. These results will stand these students well in further education and employment, and I wish them well for the future."
In Carmarthenshire, results showed 68.1 per cent of pupils were awarded A* to C — an increase of two per cent on last year — higher than the Welsh average of 65.7 per cent.
A total of 6.3 per cent of the county's students achieved A* compared to 6.1 per nationally and 20.7 per cent of pupils were celebrating A* and A grades compared to the Welsh average of 19.2 per cent.
Findings show A* — G results were achieved by 99.1 per cent of Carmarthenshire pupils — a 0.2 per cent increase on last year.
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 WJEC GCSE examinations.
"As in the WJEC A and AS level results, the percentages for grades A*-C, and overall passes demonstrate a positive picture and have maintained the considerable achievements of previous years. Whilst 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."
The percentage of students celebrating A* — C grades has increased to more than 68 per cent at schools in Neath Port Talbot compared to the national average of 65.7 per cent.
And the number of youngsters who achieved five GCSEs including English, Welsh and maths has improved by two per cent to 56 per cent.
Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Councillor Ali Thomas said: "I am very proud of our young people and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported them to achieve such impressive results."