10:03am Thursday 15th August 2013
The percentage of pupils that have passed Advance and AS-Level examinations in Pembrokeshire’s secondary schools overall has remained stable and above the national average, the county council says.
The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-Level was 98.0 per cent compared with the Wales national average of 97.6 per cent.
The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at AS-Level this year was 89.1 per cent compared to a national average of 86.2 per cent.
But the A Level results in Pembrokeshire were slightly down on the previous two years.
The percentage gaining E and above was 98%, compared to 98.9% in 2011 and 98.7% in 2012.
Those gaining Grade C and above this year was 72.4%, down from 75% last year and 74.8% in 2011.
There was also a fall in the percentage of pupils gaining the top marks.
Some 16.9% of those entered gained a Grade A or above (20% in 2011, 18.4% in 2012).
However, there were pleasing AS Level results with the percentages of Grade E and above,Grade C and above and Grade A and above all rising on 2011 and 2012 figures.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Head of Education, Kate Evan-Hughes said: “Our students can be very proud of their results. The range of courses available through the Federation and partnership working between post-16 institutions has increased the relevance of the curriculum and resulted in greater motivation on behalf of the students.
“It is pleasing that a significant number of our young people have been successful at such a demanding level and the majority of these students will now be able to progress to their higher education and degree courses.”
Councillor Ken Rowlands, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Education said: “We are pleased with the overall results and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the students on their successes and thank them for their hard work in preparing so thoroughly for the examinations.
“I’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of the teachers in a time of increased expectations. The results reflect the joint commitment of all education institutions and local authority staff in ensuring that young people are afforded every opportunity to achieve their full potential.
“I also acknowledge the support received from the student’s families. This is an important day for the young people who received their results today and I wish all of them well for the future.”
Pembrokeshire College celebrated strong results witj A* grades, 1.6% above the national comparator.
In addition AS outcomes saw a significant increase on last year’s results.
High-flying student, Jay Burnet (A*, A, A, A) said, “College surpassed my expectations, all thanks to a great team of science and maths lecturers.” Jay, who will be studying Physics in Bristol, collected his results and a cheque for £1,000, as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) bursary at the College.
Jay’s mum Lisa also commented, “The support and encouragement from everyone has been overwhelming, this has been the most positive learning experience for my son.”
Other student university destinations include: Edinburgh University, Cardiff University, Swansea University and Kingston University.
The College’s Deputy Principal Dr Barry Walters said: “To maintain a similar performance to last year’s excellent results is very pleasing and confirms to us the quality of our A-level provision and the commitment of our students and staff.”
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