Wrexham pupils are celebrating success! Today’s GCSE and vocational examination results are the best ever achieved in the county borough, as educational standards improve in Wrexham for the sixth successive year.
61% of pupils in Wrexham schools achieved the Level 2 threshold. This is 5% more than last year. More than 9 out of 10 pupils (91%) of pupils achieved the Level 1 threshold which is in line with Wrexham’s 2009 figure. Thresholds are performance measures that take into account all qualifications, including GCSE, vocational and key skills qualifications.
GCSE passes at grades A*-C have increased again. There were 59.2% passes at grades A* - C. This is an improvement of 2.3% on last year’s results in Wrexham, an improvement rate that is twice the national rate. As in 2009, over 98% of passes were at A* - G.
1309 pupils sat over 50 different subjects at GCSE and gained qualifications in over 20 vocational courses.
John Davies, Wrexham’s Chief Learning and Achievement Officer said:
“These are outstanding results! Pupils and teachers, with support from parents and carers, have worked very hard indeed to achieve this excellent level of performance. These results also include a wide range of vocational qualifications that many Wrexham pupils have taken in schools and in partnership with Yale College, the Youth Service and others as part of the broad curriculum offered through the Learning Pathways 14 – 19 collaborative programme. Congratulations to everyone!”
Councillor Aled Roberts, Lead Member for Corporate Leadership and Children (Schools and Safeguarding) said:
“There have been many outstanding achievements by pupils of all abilities. I congratulate schools, teachers, pupils and their families on this year’s splendid results and wish all our students well as they move on to post-16 education, training or employment. We will continue to support our schools as together we aspire to achieve educational excellence for young people in Wrexham!”
Congratulations in particular to Ysgol Rhiwabon, Ysgol Darland and Ysgol Bryn Alyn who saw the proportions that gained 5 A* - C increase by 22%, 12% and 9% respectively. 77% got A* - C at Darland, 65% at Rhiwabon and 56% at Bryn Alyn