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Best GCSE result in school's history, says headteacher

Created on 23/08/2018 @ 13:20
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Newtown High School has achieved the best GCSE results in its history, the school has claimed after students received their results.

The number of students achieving the key measure of L2+ (Welsh Baccalaureate) rose by 11 per cent. In Maths/Numeracy, 71% achieved A*-C an increase of 10% overall on last year, the school said.

In English, 70% of students achieved A*-C grades. There was also a significant improvement in results in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate further enhancing students employability skills.

Notable performers were Fung Lin (NC) who achieved 3 A*s, 5 As, 4 Bs, 1 C and 1 Distinction, an average wider points score of 480, Megan Cosgrove (JBC) who achieved 12 A*s, 1 A, 1 B and 1 Distinction, an average wider points score of 522 points, Abbey Carter (NC) who achieved 3 A*s, 5 As and 5 Bs, an average wider points score of 474 points, Ellie Williams (JBC) who achieved 8 A*s, 4 As and 1 B, an average wider points score of 504 points, Daniel Thomas (JBC) who achieved 6 A*s, 4 As, 2 Bs, 1 C and 1 Distinction.

Rob Edwards, Headteacher, said: "We are very proud of all our students and their hard work this year.

"The students have embraced the positive changes made to the school and have seized every opportunity afforded to them. The results achieved by the students are encouraging and shows a clear upward trend in the school's improvement journey.

"More robust tracking and monitoring have ensured that students know exactly what they need to do to improve, which has undoubtedly impacted on the students. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the school community for their support during the year."

Meanwhile, throughout Powys pupils have again performed extremely well in the 2018 WJEC GCSE examinations, according to the county council.
Two-thirds of results (67%) are at grades A*-C and almost 1 in 5 (19%) are at the highest grades A*-A maintaining the strong performance of Powys schools seen in recent years. Powys results remain significantly higher than the figures for Wales at all grade boundaries.
Powys results at grades A*-B (41%) are more than 4% higher than in Wales as a whole and are nearly 6% higher at grades A*-C this year. The overall pass rate of grades A*-G in Powys (98%) also remains higher than in Wales (96%).
These figures do not include grades awarded on the 1-9 scale but little change is expected in the overall figures when results from other Examination Boards are added as more than 90% of examination entries are with WJEC.
These results maintain the high standards seen in previous years’ performance and remain consistently above the all-Wales averages. In addition, many pupils have also achieved equivalent qualifications in vocational subjects.
At national level there have been considerable changes to GCSE requirements since 2016. These significant changes make direct comparisons with previous years inappropriate. In 2017 A* - C grades in Wales dropped by nearly 4%, with schools in Powys proving more resilient to change as reflected in a corresponding increase of 0.2% at that time. 
All young people have been supported through their local schools in preparation for the changes and continue to receive advice and support through their schools in relation to their ongoing education options.
Cllr Myfanwy Alexander, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Learning and Welsh Language, said: “Our warm congratulations go to all pupils for achieving such excellent results which demonstrate their great commitment and hard work.

"This is made possible by the support they receive from dedicated teaching and support staff in all our schools and also from their families.”

Photo: A Newtown High School student checking her GCSE results

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