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Newtown High School celebrates A-level successes

Created on 16/08/2018 @ 13:45
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Newtown High School says its students have performed well in their A-level results, with those achieving three or more grades at A* to A increasing by 5.6 per cent.

It says 75 per cent of students gained the equivalent of two or more grades at A* - C, with 97 per cent achieving the Level 3 threshold.

“One hundred per cent of our students achieved Distinction Star - Pass in BTEC Level 3 courses. This success reflects the talent and determination of our students and the dedication of their teachers,” said a spokesperson.

The school said 92 per cent of students achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at A* to C grade, an increase of 16.4 per cent from the previous year, with 98 per cent achieving this qualification at A* - E.

Notable performers were Teegan Harris who achieved Di* Di* A A C, an average wider points score of 1395 and is going to study Marketing at Aberystwyth University.

Leah Eyre who achieved B B C C A, an average wider points score of 1170 points and is going to study Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham and Tabby Down who achieved A B B A M, an average wider points score of 1118 points and is going to study Media and Communication at Cardiff University.

“We are incredibly proud of all our Sixth Form students and appreciate that their results reflect not only their dedication but also the considerable support of their parents and families,” added the spokesperson.

Rob Edwards, Headteacher, said “It is a testament to all of students for their hard work and efforts this year, in particular, girls who considerably improved their average wider points score to last year. We are also delighted that nearly all of our students achieved their first preference place at University. The school and I wish them every success with their future pathways."

Year 12 results are encouraging, showing an increase of 34% of students achieving the equivalent of three or more grades at A - E when compared to last year, and a 15.4% increase of those achieving the equivalent of three or more A grades, which shows a rise in the top grades achieved by students.

Commenting on the overall county results, Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, Russell George AM said: “Every A-level student in Powys opening their results this morning should be very proud of what they have achieved over the last two years. A-levels are tough and require a lot of hard work to succeed.
“The increase in the percentage of top grades being obtained by students is encouraging.
“However, I remain deeply concerned with the ongoing issues facing Wales’ schools including teacher recruitment, teaching quality and Wales’ consistently poor position in international education league tables.
“The Welsh Government must address these shortcomings with urgency to ensure that hardworking pupils can achieve even better results going forward”.

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