VIDEO: More than ever get top GCSE grades in Swansea
GCSE students in Swansea have outstripped their peers across Wales with more of them than ever celebrating the top A* and A results.
A total of 22.4 per cent of city pupils gained A* and A grades in exams taken in summer 2013, compared with 19.2 per cent of those in Wales as a whole.
It tops last year’s A* and A scoring percentage of 20.9 per cent and compares to national results which are the same as 2012.
More than 90 per cent of students achieved the higher grades of A* to C in 13 different subjects; this is the same as for 2012.
Dylan Thomas Community School pupils pick up their results:
Meanwhile, the top grades of A* and A were awarded to more than a third of all entrants in 19 subjects - up from 13 subjects last year.
The results come just a week after Swansea A-Level students also celebrated greater success than others 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 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.”
A total of 98.9 per cent of GCSE examination entries in Swansea were passed (grades A* to G). This is the same as 2012, and tops the Welsh pass rate for 2013 of 98.7 per cent.
Swansea GCSE students also surpassed their counterparts in terms of the number of them gaining the higher grades in full course subjects. 71.1 per cent of entrants here scored A* to C grades, a rise on last year’s figure of 68.8 per cent and well above the comparable figure for all of Wales for 2013 of 65.7 per cent.
In Swansea, a total of 17,408 full course GCSE entries in Summer 2013 were made in 61 different subject/syllabuses. In addition, there were 2,540 entries in 11 different subjects for GCSE short courses.
In no fewer than 33 of the 61 different subjects/syllabuses, all entrants from Swansea schools achieved grades A* to G - a 100 per cent pass rate. A pass rate of 95 per cent or better was also recorded for 24 other subjects.
In the key core subjects of English language and mathematics, the Swansea overall results are mainly well above the national results, although a little below those in 2012 in line with the picture nationally.
For English language, the Swansea results were A*-A 14.4 per cent, A*-C 61.2 per cent and A*-G 99.7 per cent. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2013 for English are 11.9 per cent, 59.6 per cent and 99.0 per cent.
For mathematics, the Swansea results were A*-A 15.4 per cent, A*-C 58.8 per cent and A*-G 96.9 per cent. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2013 for mathematics are 12.0 per cent, 52.8 per cent and 97.7 per cent.
For the 420 students who entered GCSE exams in the three separate sciences (physics, chemistry and biology), the results saw 94 per cent of physics entrants attain A*-C grades (90.2 per cent for Wales). In chemistry the results were 93.3 per cent in Swansea (90.4 per cent Wales) and in biology the results in Swansea were 95.0 per cent (88.0 per cent Wales).
A total of 558 students were entered for art and design, with 30 per cent attaining A*/A grades and 89 per cent attaining A*-C grades. This is significantly better than the all Wales figures of 24.9 per cent and 77.6 per cent.
Excellent results were also recorded in history and geography. In history, with 872 entries, 33.6 per cent had A*/A and 75.4 per cent attained A*-C (Wales 28.2 per cent and 67.0 per cent). Geography had 739 entries, with 29.0 per cent with A*/A and 73.2 per cent with A*-C (Wales 23.7 per cent and 66.5 per cent).
In last week’s A-Level results 24.2 per cent of Swansea entrants gained an A* or A grade compared to 22.9 per cent for all Wales. 6.8 per cent of Swansea students attained grade A* compared to 6 per cent for Wales. The overall pass rate of 98.3 per cent in Swansea compares to 97.6 per cent for Wales.