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A level results in Cardiff: How every school performed

Thousands of pupils across Cardiff have celebrated their A level results today.

Across the city 29.5% of A level results were graded A* to A – compared to the Welsh national average of 26.3%.

This year the overall pass rate in Cardiff is 98.3%, higher than the 97.4% national average across Wales.

Of all entries in Cardiff, 78.3% were graded A* to C.

You can read our live blog covering results from across Wales.

Sarah Merry, deputy leader of Cardiff Council and cabinet member for education, employment and skills, said: “Well done to all the students who collected their results today.

“I know that an awful lot of hard work and dedication has been put in over the course of the last two years, and everyone deserves to be congratulated.

“This year’s group of students should be extremely proud to have continued the trend of Cardiff’s results being above the Welsh national average and I wish them all the very best for the future.

“I also want to thank all the staff in our schools for the work they have done to help, support and guide their students throughout their time in sixth form.”

This is how each school in Cardiff did:

Bishop of Llandaff

At the school:

  • 78% of students achieved at least three or more grades A*-C
  • 22% of students achieved three or more A*-A grades
  • Overall pass rate of 99%

Head teacher Marc Belli said: “I wish to congratulate all of our students on their remarkable examination results. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve their success and the rewards are fully deserved.

“We will miss them as a year group as they have contributed so much to the school. However, we wish them very well for their futures, whether that be at university, during their year of travelling or those entering the world of work.

Ysgol Glantaf

Key highlights were:

  • 37% of students gained at least two A*-A grades
  • 100% of students achieved the L3 threshold – or equivalent to two A levels
  • 50% of all students also gained the top A*-A grades in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

Headteacher Alun Davies said: “We’ve had yet another successful year for our A Level students.

“There has been a tremendous number of individual successes who have have done particularly well given their previous results which is particularly pleasing to see. The school is extremely pleased with results here at Glantaf this morning.

“They reflect the hard work of both students and staff who are to be congratulated on their success.”

 

Cardiff High

The key benchmarks were

  • At Cardiff High 11% of entries were A*
  • 82% of entries were A*-C

Head teacher Steve Jones said: “It’s been another outstanding year. We’re one of the biggest sixth form colleges in Wales and only offer A Levels.

“We’ve had over 500 entries at AS and A2 which states a huge amount of commitment from pupils and staff.

“The school is very proud. Our A Level students have experienced two years of great study and enrichment through extra curricula opportunities and I’m sure will have the skills to be successful in life.

“We’re particularly pleased with the new specifications this year at AS with students particularly in science and maths. There’s a massive focus on STEM subjects with half the sixth form doing a science or maths subject.”

This is the the story of one Cardiff High pupil who is going to university where her parents met.

Ysgol Plasmawr

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr in Cardiff is celebrating with the following results:

  • 38% of entries were A* – A
  • 68% of entries were A* – C
  • 100% were A* – E:

12 of the school’s students achieved a combination of four A*s and A grades and 25% of the whole year group achieved a combination of three or more A* and A grades.

Georgia Redmore, Heledd Roberts, Mair Thomas each got three A*s and one A. Manon Jenkins and Nia Walsh each got 2A*s and two As.

Ffion Samuels, Gareth Scourfield and Branwen Thistlewood achieved the results needed to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Head teacher John Hayes said: “I am indebted to my staff for preparing their students so well for their A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and BTEC courses and who take so much pride in the achievements of their students.”

Fitzalan High

Fitzalan high School pupils Hana Akhar, Maram Eglileb , Amaarah Khawar and Sumaia Ahmed, all four are off to Cardiff University to study Pharmacy
(Image: Richard Williams)

Brilliant results from Fitzalan:

  • 91% of pupils achieved two or more A*-C grades
  • 100% of pupils securing two or more A*-E grades.

Anas Aboukoura has now achieved A*s in maths, physics, biology, chemistry with another A in further maths while Amin Parvareshnia, despite only learning to speak English three years ago, secured A*s in maths, further maths, persian and physics.

Anas will now study medicine at Imperial College, London. Yahgub Hassan will now go on to study mechatronic and robotic engineering at Sheffield University after securing an A in maths, A in physics and a B in chemistry.

Assistant Headteacher Jo Kemp said: “Staff and pupils should be really proud of the results achieved, particularly in new courses. We would like to wish all of our Year 13 pupils every success with whatever direction their lives take them in next.”

Cathays High

Cathays High in Cardiff said it recorded its best ever A and AS level results.

One student achieved three A*s in physics, maths and further maths and is going to study Maths at Cardiff University, the school said.

Deputy head teacher Stuart David said he decided against a place at Oxbridge so he can stay near home and set up a new business.

He said: “He chose to stay in the local area as he is also starting a property development business with his brother.

“He decided against applying to Oxbridge after much consideration. He is a very determined young man and I am sure he will be very successful in both his academic and business pursuits.”

Other successful pupils include Rahma Osman with a Distinction* an A and a B and Jheleila Hassan with two As and a B. Both secured places on nursing degrees at Bristol UWE and University of South Wales respectively.

Radyr Comprehensive

Radyr achieved the best A level results in the school’s history this year.

  • 52% of pupils received A* to A grades – up 16% from last year
  • 75% received grades A* to B
  • 90 received grades A* to C

In total 38 students achieved at least three A grades, with 20 students achieving at least four A grades.

Stand-out performances include Katie Long with five A*s, who has accepted a place to study geography at the University of Oxford.

Awen Rhys with five A*s has accepted a place to study computer science at the University of Bath.

Nick Lai with four A* grades and an A is going to study mathematics at the University of Oxford.

Cantonian High School

  • Cantonian High recorded a 100% pass rate A* to E
  • In total 64% achieved grade A* – C
  • 100% of pupils in vocation courses achieved distinction grades
  • 91% achieved A* – C grades in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Head teacher Diane Gill said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of all our pupils today.

“Once again they have displayed their commitment and resilience and have worked hard to ensure that they achieved the best grades they could, and today that hard work has paid off. I am delighted that our pupils have secured places at the university of their choice where they will continue their studies.”

“Among the high achievers is Jack Evans who has secured a place at Bristol University to study veterinary science and Eve Richards who will study criminology at Gloucester University. Nearly all of our pupils secured their first choice and have decided to stay in Wales to continue their studies including Ryan Wall who will study biomedical sciences, Connor Davies who will study criminology and criminal Justice and James Thomas who will study computer science.”

St Teilo’s Church in Wales High

In St Teilo’s 70% of students achieved an A*- C grade A level pass rate.

Among success stories are Erin Hayward Lang and Lois Hillman, both attaining A*s in every subject they took. The girls are off to study at the University of Bath.

Erin said: “I’m just so happy! It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m pleased that all my hard work has paid off and I’m really excited to go onto university to study.”

Lois said: “I can’t wait to study mathematics at university and I’m planning a year in industry as part of my degree.”

Whitchurch High School

These are the results from Whitchurch High School:

  • 26% of entries were A* to A
  • 50% were A* to B

In total 30 students achieved three or more A* or A grades, including six students, Gar Jun Chim, twins Nia and Rhianna Mason, Christopher Sandever, Morgan James and Ben Pinches who achieved three A* grades.

Many achieved their ambition of a place at top universities across the country, including Gar Jun Chim who will read Maths at Cambridge University.

Head teacher Huw Jones-Williams said: “Congratulations to all our students; we wish them well as they move on from the
school.”

Llanishen High School

These are the highlights:
  • 31% of pupils achieved A* to A grades
  • 83% achieved A* to C
  • 98% achieved A* to E

Half of all those who took biology, chemistry and physics in year 13 at Llanishen received an A* or A in all three subjects. In French, 60% of grades were either A* or A.

Head teacher Sarah Parry said: “These results demonstrate a continuing trend of improvement against our 2016 and 2017 outcomes and are testament to the hard work of students and staff.”

 

St John’s College

At the independent school:

  • 32% achieved A* grades
  • 65% were A* to A
  • 86% were A* to B
  • 100% pass rate

Cardiff Sixth Form College

At the sixth form college:

  • 89% of its students gained A*-A 1grades
  • 96% gained A* to B grades
  • 15% of Cardiff Sixth Form College students have gained places at Oxbridge and 26% of the cohort will be going onto study medicine

A school spokesperson said: “The league table-topping school has again achieved outstanding results with 89% of its students gaining A*-A and 96% A*-B grades this year. 66% have gained places at Russell Group universities with 100% gaining top university places worldwide.”

Howell’s School

There were jubilant scenes at Howell’s when students collected their A Level Results this morning.

  • 26% of all results were the highest A* grade,
  • 49% of students achieved A* – A grades
  • 74% of students received A*-B grades

C athedral School

Cardiff’s independent Cathedral School reported a 100% overall pass rate.

  • 53% of Year 13 students achieved A*-A grades
  • 75% achieved grades at A*-B.
  • The most common grade was A, with one in five of all grades gained at A*

Five students are off to study medicine after getting their results. Head Boy, Lance Burn and James Knowles both secured the highest possible results of four A* and three A* grades respectively.

Clare Sherwood, Head of the Cathedral School said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our students have achieved such excellent results, which is down to their hard work and the excellent teaching at the Cathedral School.

“Once again, the results are very strong across a wide range of subjects.”

Cardiff and Vale College

Cardiff and Vale College’s City Centre Campus on Dumballs Road, Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale College is celebrating a record year of success with more students than ever before achieving their AS and A Level qualification.

Nearly two thirds of CAVC students achieved A to C grades.

CAVC student Bethan Hearne has a place at Oxford University to study psychology after achieving two A*s and two As.

She said: “I really enjoyed college and it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I would never have got this far in my old school.

“I’m looking forward to the next three years, carrying on studying something I enjoy – then I’ll see where life takes me.”

St David’s College Cardiff

St David’s Catholic College Cardiff

Three St David’s College Cardiff students are off to Oxbridge universities after picking up their A level results as the college reported a rise in its overall results.

  • 58% of students achieved A*to B grades – an increase of 8%
  • 83% of students gained A* to C grade at A level

Three students met their offers for Oxbridge and a further four have met offers to read Medicine at Imperial, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the college said.

In total more than 400 students achieved their university offer.

The college said in a statement: “We are delighted with the results that the students have received today. They are a testament to how hard both learners and staff have worked over the past year.”

We are still waiting for full results from Cardiff West High School, King’s Monkton , Corpus Christi and Ysgo Bro Edeyrn

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