All smiles as students make the grade in exams success
TEARS of joy and smiles were in abundance as students across Neath Port Talbot tore open their A Level exam results.
The hard working youngsters across the county have once again succeeded in gaining top marks in their examinations.
NPTC Group student, Joe Evans from Cadoxton, was over the moon to find out he had achieved three A* grades and an A grade in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics.
"I am going to London Imperial to study maths and physics," said the 18-year-old.
"I only came back from holiday at 5am this morning, so I have not even slept!"
Fellow student Rachel Adams gained three A grades in English, business studies and law.
She now is looking forward to attending Birmingham University to study business law.
"I am really excited and I am so thrilled," she said.
Ffion Williams from Neath was celebrating her two A grades and an A* grade.
"I am elated and in shock!" she said. She will be travelling to Edinburgh to study law.
Her mum Emma Williams said she was very proud.
"She has really worked hard, so she deserves every bit of it," she said.
Thomas Green from Cwmavon will be studying geography in Cardiff.
"I had an A in law, C in geography and a D in politics," he said. "I am happy with the A, and not so happy with the D, but I am really looking forward to going to Cardiff."
Ryan Jones, 22, from Ystalyfera scooped three A's in physics, maths and chemistry.
"I am going to Cardiff to study physics and astronomy," he said. "I have been up there for a few open days and the research they have got there for physics is incredible."
Headmaster at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Sixth Form Centre in Port Talbot, Eugene Scourfield, said their pupils had worked incredibly hard.
"We are immensely proud that virtually all our pupils have been accepted into their first or second choice universities and wish them every success in the next chapter of their lives," he said.
In addition to A Level success, the school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in BTEC subjects business studies and health and social care, with most pupils awarded distinction grades for their efforts.
One of their top students, Grace Barnes, will also be going to Oxford University.
The year 13 pupil achieved A* grades in biology, maths and chemistry and A grades in physics and Welsh.
In addition, Emily Adams has earned a place at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London after securing A* grades in sociology, history and politics and a B grade in religious education.
Jade Morgan is headed for Kings College, London where she will read law, after gaining A* grades in history and sociology and A grades in politics and law.