Time to party as students' efforts bring their reward
YOUNG people in Swansea are celebrating following another successful year of A-level results.
Hundreds of students held their breath yesterday morning while they nervously opened the envelopes that contained the results of two years' hard work — and in the majority of cases it was good news.
Gower College, Swansea's largest A level centre, saw a total of 1,481 students sit A-level or AS examinations this year.
Their results were above the national average with a pass rate of more than 97 per cent at A-level and 89 per cent at AS level.
Gower College principal Mark Jones said: "I'm delighted to say the results have been astonishing.
"The big story here is we have around 120 students who received only As or A*s, add that to vocational results, where you get students with distinctions which are equivalent to an A grade, we have 90 of those, so there are 200 students walking out today with As and A*s or the equivalent.
"We have nine students going on to Oxbridge and students going on to every post-1994 university across the whole of the UK, so the stories are really, really good. And underneath all that there are some incredible individual stories of students achieving the very highest grades despite the challenges that life has thrown up at them."
Mr Jones was also keen to acknowledge the role of his staff and parents in the results, adding: "They have all worked incredibly hard."
Gower College student Isobel Barrow, aged 18, of Mumbles, got an A in chemistry, B in biology and B in music and is heading to Bristol to read biology.
She said: "It's exactly what I needed. I feel very happy and a little bit relieved. I was really nervous this morning but now I'm fine. My parents are in Spain and when I called them they didn't quite believe it. I'm going to party in town tonight with my friends."
Fellow student Rhian Jefferies, aged 18, of Pontarddulais, got an A* in chemistry, A in biology and A in English.
She said: "I've got in to the Royal Veterinary College in London and I'm going to be a vet. This morning I was really, really nervous and expecting the worse — it's been a long wait since the exams finished."
"Chuffed" Elinor Laws, aged 18, of Oxwich, managed an A* in chemistry, an A in biology and A in maths and she is going to Cardiff University to do medicine.
Daniel Peel, aged 18 of Pontlliw, picked up As in geology and chemistry and a B in biology and is off to study geology at Bristol University.
He said: "I was feeling the pressure this morning, I just wanted to get it over and done with. My mum, Liz, was in tears when I called. I'm going to have a big night out with the whole college, it will be a good night for everyone."