Bridgend students buck national trend with excellent GCSE results

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70.6% of Bridgend students achieved at least 5 A*-C GCSE grades in 2018, exceeding Welsh averages and bucking the national trend which saw a fall in the A*-C pass rate.

We’re in the second year of a national roll-out of newly-reformed GCSEs, so the results aren’t directly comparable to previous years.

Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, Cllr. Charles Smith (Lab, Llangewydd & Brynhyfred) said:

“I am delighted to see this improvement in the outcomes for local schoolchildren and I want to congratulate all pupils for their hard work and achievements.”

Council Leader, Cllr. Huw David (Lab, Cefn Cribwr) added:

“Some pupils will be celebrating a string of A stars while others have studied extremely hard to get the grades that they needed to get to where they want to go next, whether it be further education, training or employment. They all deserve to be congratulated for their individual successes.”

50% of pupils at Bryntirion achieved at least one A*-A grade, with 21% achieving 5 or more A*-As, while at Brynteg the proportion of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades was “above 60%”.

54.5% of pupils at Pencoed achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and maths, while 20 pupils achieved 5 or more A*-A grades. It was similar to Maesteg, where 52.3% of students got 5 A*-Cs including English and maths, plus 20 pupils achieved at least 5 A*-A grades.

Some subjects at Coleg y Dderwen returned a 90% A*-C pass rate and 11 pupils managed to get at least 5 A*-A grades.

At Porthcawl, 89% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades with a 10% jump in the numbers getting at least a C in English and Maths; 35.8% of pupils achieved 5 A*-A grades.

23% of pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Llangynwyd managed to get 5 A*-A grades, while at Cynffig 72% of pupils got 5 A*-C grades.

Archbishop McGrath RC School’s results were said to be “the best ever”, with 49% of pupils getting at least 1 A*-A grade and nearly 30% getting 5 A*-A grades. Three pupils also managed to get 15 A*-A grades each and another four managed 14 A*-A grades.

Nicely done. Congratulations to everyone!

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