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Porthcawl Celebrates Outstanding A Level & GCSE Results

Sunday, 6 September 2015 Exams
Porthcawl Celebrates Outstanding A Level & GCSE Results

AS and A Level
This year 169 students sat a most remarkable 450 A level papers, the largest ever entry! The most remarkable fact is the quality of the results; the pass rate (A* to E) was a fantastic 99%. This outstanding performance underlines Porthcawl as a truly inclusive school. Students have reached, and in most cases exceeded, their predicted potential.

There were many outstanding performers, with 20 students gaining 3 As or better at A level. Most notably, Jack Way who achieved a remarkable 3 A*s and 1 A grade and will now go on to Imperial College in London to study Physics. Four pupils gained 3 A* grades; namely Jack Bridger, Owen Leary, Tom Parry and Alicia Cooke, who has secured her place at Emmanuel College Cambridge to study Geography.

Students at AS and A2 have had their endeavour rewarded with excellent results. There is a large debt of gratitude for teachers who have worked so hard once again this year and for parents who have supported their sons and daughters. Excellent results truly reflect the effective partnership between a school, its learners and the support from home.

Headteacher Mr Slade commented that this excellent series of results will ensure Porthcawl students have secured places at some of the best universities in the country. Mr Slade continued to congratulate staff and students who were praised for their hard work and steadfast dedication. Mr Slade concluded that the results were especially impressive given the large size of the entry; over 450 papers were sat at A level.

Not to be out done, Year 12 delivered some of the best AS results Porthcawl has seen. With such a strong performance at AS we have high hopes for next year at A level. The A to E pass rate was 87%, up 2% on last year.

The following departments performed exceptionally, with pass rates above 85% (A* to E): English, Maths, History, Art, Religious Studies, Music, Drama, Electronics, Media Studies and Textiles.

The following are lists of the exceptional student performances:
Year 12 - AS

Connor Abbott 3 A, 1 B
Ben Cannon 4 A
Joseph Conniff-Jenkins 3 A, 1 B
Matthew Dang 3 A, 2 B
Megan Fish 4 A
Grace Flower 3 A, 1 B
Ryan Haney 3 A, 1 D
Richard Lugg 3 A, 1 B
Georgina Morley 4 A, 1 C
Rebecca Page 3 A, 1 B
Anoushka Pill-Williams 4 A
Felicity Williamson-Sarll 4 A, 1 B

Year 13 - A2 (A Level)

Christopher Blake A*, 2 A
Thomas (Matthew) Booth A*, 2 A
Jack Bridger 3 A*
Georgia Budding 3 A
Tabitha Carrington 3 A
Alicia Cooke 3 A*
Maddy Dabernig 3 A
Alexandra Davies 3 A
Ben Kent 3 A
Imogen Kent 3 A
Tamara Lafferty 3 A
Owen Leary 3 A*
Catrin Masson 3 A
Rhys Mortimer 3 A, 1 C
Tom Parry 3 A*
Andrew Phillips 1 A*, 2 A
Sam Pryce 1 A*, 2 A
Nicholas Slade 3 A
Rebecca Wardman 3 A
Jack Way 3 A*, 1 A

The students, their families and the school are all celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. This year saw a large cohort of 256 students and the high quality of results is across the ability range, in total 2711 papers were sat.
There has been a significant improvement in the Welsh Government key indicators. The performance in the core subjects was very strong. The Level 2 (grades A* - C) for English was 78.8%, Maths 74.9% and Science a remarkable 98.4%. Based upon these returns the percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more A* - C (including English and Mathematics) improved to 66.3%.The core subject indicator (English, Mathematics and Science) saw improvement to 67.1%. An outstanding feature was the percentage of A*/A grades awarded; English 23.4%, Maths 23.8% and Science 30.1%. Almost a quarter of the core entry resulted in the top grades being awarded.
On a broader scale the number of pupils who gained 5 or more A* to C was over 80%. This is especially strong given the traditional GCSE based curriculum the school offers. The school is delighted that the learners across the ability range have all done so well. For the fifth year, no student has left our school without a recognised qualification.
This year’s results means the school’s performance compares very favourably with the authority and national figures.
A very impressive 33 students gained 8 or more GCSE grades at A*/A, and within this group, 17 gained 10 or more A*/A grades. Special mention must go to:-
Katie Davies 10 A*, 1 A (Short Course) and a Distinction
Alexandra Hunt 11 A* and a Distinction
Hee-Chan Kang 11 A*, 1 A* (Short Course) 1A (Short Course) and a Distinction
Elin Morris 10 A*, 1 A* (Short Course) 1 A (Short Course) and a Distinction
Lauren Pugh 10 A*, 1 A, 1 A (Short Course) and a Distinction
Hannah Robertson 10 A* 1 A and a Distinction
Katie Williams 10 A*, 1 B, 1 A (Short Course) and a Merit
Headteacher Mr Andrew Slade commented;
’’The whole of our school is delighted with these fantastic results. Governors, staff and students worked incredibly hard together and this success is justly deserved.
The school is at its strongest when all those involved with the school collaborate so well, with a common aim, each student reaching their potential.
This success will result in our learners being able to follow their chosen pathways, with the majority returning to Porthcawl to study in the Sixth Form. We wish all of year 11 the very best.’’

Here are the 33 students with 8 or more A*/A grades at GCSE. Anna Arrieta 5A*, 4A, 1A (SC Welsh), 1C Luke Atherton 5A*, 3A, 2B (SC Welsh and RS), 1D, 1 Distinction Sultann Azam 8A*, 2A, 1A (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Jessica Bennett 1A*, 7A, 3B, 1B (SC Welsh) Lorcan Breheny 1A*, 8A, 1B, 1B (SC Welsh) Lik Kan Chung 5A*, 4A, 2B, 2B (SC Welsh and RS), 1 Merit Megan Cobb 4A*, 5A, 1B, 1C, 1A (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Katie Davies 10A*, 1A (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Jack Ellis 6A*, 4A, 1A (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh) 1 Pass Lauren Ellis-Stretch 3A*, 6A, 1B, 1B (SC Welsh) Callum Evans 1A*, 7A, 1B, 1D, 1A (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh) Lowri Howell 2A*, 8A, 1B, 1B (SC RS), 1 Pass Alexandra Hunt 11A* 1 Distinction Chloe Jenkins 5A*, 5A, 1A (SC RS) Cerian Jones 8A, 2B, 2B (SC RS and Welsh) Hee-Chan Kang 11A*, 1A* (SC RS), 1A (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Peter Kavanagh 2A*, 7A, 1B, 1A (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh) 1 Pass Charlotte Levey 6A*, 4A, 1B, 1A (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Claudia Milza-Wyatt 3A*, 5A, 3B, 1B (SC Welsh) Elle Morey 3A*, 6A, 1B, 1A (SC RS), 1 Pass Elin Morris 10A*, 1A* (SC RS), 1A (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Isobel Overton 6A*, 4A, 1B Megan Perrin 4A*, 5A, 1B, 1A (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh) Lydia Pickett 9A*, 2A, 1A* (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Lauren Pugh 10A*, 1A, 1A (SC RS), 1 Distinction Hannah Robertson 10A*, 1A, 1 Distinction Young Bin (Daniel) Song 4A*, 6A, 2A (SC RS and ICT), 1B (SC Welsh), 1 Distinction Sarah Spencer 2A*, 8A, 1A* (SC RS), 1B (SC Welsh), 1 Pass Samantha Timbrell 5A*, 4A, 1B, 2A (SC RS and Welsh), 1 Distinction Katie Williams 10A*, 1B, 1A (SC Welsh), 1 Merit Sophie Dalton 1A*, 8A, 1B Caitlin Whiteley 7A*, 3A, 1B (SC Welsh) Ben White 4A*, 4A, 1B, 1C, 1 Distinction *SC = Short Course

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