Denbighshire's students celebrate their A-level results


Rachel Nash

DENBIGHSHIRE students are celebrating their A-level results today.

Denbighshire Council said that early indications show approximately 98.9% of students have been successful in achieving the Level 3 threshold, which is an improvement on the previous year.

Most schools in the county have shown an increase in the number of students gaining A* and A grades.

Councillor Eryl Williams, Denbighshire's Cabinet Lead Member for Education, said: “We would like to congratulate all students on their individual results and we wish them every success in their chosen pathway.

“The results reflect the months of hard work and dedication of students and their teachers, in preparation for the examinations.

"Education remains a top priority in the county and I am extremely pleased to see the majority of schools in Denbighshire continue to improve performance.”

St Brigid's School in Denbigh is delighted with an excellent set of A-level results. 100% of thestudents achieved A* - E grades and there were many successes at AS level.  

At A2 level 17% of grades were A* - A,   84% of grades were  A* - C and 100% of grades were  A* - E. 

Catherine Williams attained 3As and will now go on to read medicine.
Head girl Emily Bolwell achieved 1 A and 2 Bs as did Adam Blain Jones who will now go to Manchester University to study biology. At AS level Lucy Moynihan and Myfanwy Tranmer gained four As each. 

Headteacher Rona Jones said: "We are delighted that many of our students have been offered places at their first choice universities, including the prestigioius Russell Group universities. These excellent results are down to the successful partnership between the teaching staff, students and parents of St Brigid's".

At Ruthin school, the 52 students in Upper Sixth achieved outstanding results - the best the school has ever seen. 

The percentage of grades this year at A* and A has increased to 75.57% (last year 72.25%) with over 91% of all grades being A*-B. The pass rate was 100% again this year.

Most of the students have already had their first choice university place confirmed through UCAS, with seven students going to Cambridge. 

Top student at Ruthin School, and possibly the whole of North Wales, was Alice Ma who achieved 6A* and has a place at Trinty College, Cambridge to read mathematics. 

Alice, only just 16, will take a gap year before starting her studies at Cambridge. 

Toby Belfield, Ruthin School's principal, said: “I am delighted with yet another year of phenomenal results. 

"The students have worked very hard to achieve such high scores. This year has been particularly exciting, being the top school in the UK for Mathematics and representing the UK in the European mathematics competition."

Staff and students at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph are also celebrating excellent A-level results, maintaining the high standards of previous years.

When all grades including the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification are considered: 27% achieved A*/A grades; 80% achieved A – C grades and 99% achieved A - E grades

Martin Davies, headteacher, said: "Students and staff deserve praise for their hard work and dedication over the last two years. The students should also be commended for their valuable contribution to extra-curricular activities and services to the community.

"Almost all students have obtained the grades or points score required for them to enter the university of their choice - attaining their personal, and often challenging targets.

"We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students the very best as they take the next step in their careers, and thank their parents/guardians, who have given valuable support to their children and the school over the years."

Results at Denbigh High School this morning were described as "brilliant".

“I am absolutely delighted with the fantastic performance of our A level students” said headteacher Simeon Molloy.

“The results are brilliant again this year and include a raft of top performers, and for students doing two or more A levels a stunning 100% passed – our best ever results, with the top A*-C grades a very high proportion of the total grades. These results are a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students and the whole team around them. The pupils, teachers, our essential support staff, parents and family have all helped prove our motto of ‘Succeeding together – progressing with pride’.

"Congratulations to all and good luck in your future at university and college."

"With these results and our 6th form only ‘wing’ and networked supervised study area we are going from strength to strength. We hope that these results will encourage even more students to join Denbigh High School 6th form in partnership with the Dyffryn Clwyd Consortium.”

There were scenes of joy at the Ysgol Dinas Brân in Llangollen today as A-level students celebrated their results.

Overall the pass-rate at A level (grades A*-E) was an excellent 99%, with over half of all grades awarded at A*-B.

There were some outstanding individual successes.

Charlie Hackforth, sitting his A-levels a year early, achieved two A* grades in biology and history and an A grade in psychology. Charlie will now go on to study biological sciences at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University. 

Early indicators suggest that the vast majority of students who applied to university have been successful in their applications.

A statement from the school said: "We congratulate all the students on these fantastic results. They have excelled themselves. We wish all of them the very best in their chosen future. A big thank you to all the staff who have taught and guided them too in these challenges and to all parents and carers for their help and support."

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