Jordan Edwards and Cllr Leyshon

Learners across Rhondda Cynon Taf are celebrating their A Level results today, with hundreds gaining university places.

Overall, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, 96.1 per cent of learners gained A-E grades and   70.3 per cent secured A*-C grades, which represents an improvement on 2018 outcomes. In addition, nearly 20 per cent achieved A*/A grades.  

A Level celebrations around our schools

Among those congratulating the successful teenagers and school staff were Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Christina Leyshon, and the Council’s Director of Education and Inclusion Services, Gaynor Davies. Both visited a number of local schools to pass on their best wishes in person as learners collected their results. 

Many learners achieved outstanding results. Bethan Jarman, 18, a learner at Y Pant Comprehensive School, now has her sights set on a career in medicine after attaining 5 A*s. 

“I am delighted with my results and have secured myself a place at Exeter University, where I will be studying medicine. It has always been my dream to one day become a doctor and I would like to thank my family and all of my teachers over the years who have helped me to follow my dream,” said the former Penygawsi Primary School pupil. 

Liz Samuel, who celebrated her 18th birthday the day before receiving her A Level results, attained 3 A*s and is heading to Cambridge University to study medicine. 

“First my birthday and now this – it is such a special week for me,” said the Y Pant Comprehensive School learner. 

Nia Roderick, 18, of Pontypridd, also got the grades she needed and is heading to St Georges, University of London, to study radiotherapy. Jordan Edwards, 18, of Tonyrefail, attained 3 A*s and 1 A and is going to Warwick University to study physics. 

At Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School, two learners secured Oxbridge places. Darcy Holland, of Llantwit Fardre, attained A* in history, A* in English literature and a B in French and will be studying history at Oxford University. Rebecca Skipper, of Church Village, received A* grades in biology, chemistry and mathematics and is heading to Cambridge University to study veterinary medicine. 

Councillor Christina Leyshon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Seeing the faces of our learners as they received their results was such a special moment. 

“It marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the lives of many as they head to university, while many others will be entering the world of work. 

“I would like to pay tribute to the dedication of the staff at our schools for working so closely with our learners to help them attain their grades.  

“Staff are also on hand at our schools offering support to those who did not get the results they expected to guide learners through the clearing process so they can select an alternative university.” 

Councillor Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services said: “This is always a special time for hundreds of learners across our County Borough, who after many years of hard work, dedication and determination, collected their A Level results. 

“Due to an ongoing multi-million-pound investment in education, thanks to the Council and Welsh Government, we have some of the best education facilities in Wales. 

“We are also continuing to improve our existing school buildings by carrying out improvement works totalling £6.8M in this financial year. 

“Our learners are now being taught in wonderful surroundings in state-of-the-art schools that are fit for purpose in this modern society. 

“Many now begin the next leg of their academic journey as they look ahead to going on to further education in September. 

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all pupils who have done so well and also thank all of our education staff, parents and carers as these young adults now reap the rewards of all their hard work.”

Posted on Thursday 15th August 2019

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