IT was smiles all round at schools and colleges across South Wales as pupils rewrote the A-level record books for another year.
Pupils at a Cardiff Centre of Excellence community college reached new heights with a string of top results.
The sixth-form tutorial college, which is based at Cyncoed Methodist Church in Cardiff, provides courses for people from all backgrounds. Among those students celebrating success at AS level, the first stage of A-level, were Ifat Malik (4As), Sakib Malik (3As), Roopa Patel (2As, 1B), Victoria Marchant (5As), all 18.
Heolddu Comprehensive School, Mountain Ash, achieved its best results for six years with a 100 per cent pass rate – more than two-thirds of the passes were graded A-C.
Head boy Michael Hollifield gained four A grades, while Aimee Howells secured three.
“This is an excellent series of results for the school,” said headteacher Phil Jones.
Cyfarthfa High School, Merthyr Tydfil, nudged the 100 per cent overall pass rate with students achieving 99.6 per cent – a rise of 1.5 per cent on last year – with 22 per cent A grades.
Head boy Carwyn Shires scooped four A grades and will study medicine.
Mike Johns, head of Afon Taf High School, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, reported “the best set of results we’ve ever had”.
The school had a 99 per cent overall pass rate – up two per cent on last year and its third successive rise. A-C grades passes are on a par with last year at 66 per cent.
Top students were Bethan England, of Trelewis, who gained three As and will study English at Loughborough, and Rhys Morgan, of Quakers Yard, and Helen Owens, of Troedyrhiw, who both achieved two As and two Bs.
Results at Bishop Hedley RC High School, Merthyr, were on a par with last year with a 96 per cent overall pass rate and 58.2 per cent at A-C grade.
Elizabeth Sullivan, of Merthyr, gained three As and will study chemistry at Cardiff.
Top of the class at Bridgend College was Marguerite Leathley, from Cowbridge, who gained three A grades in psychology, English and law and is preparing to study psychology at Birmingham University.
Education chiefs praised Tonypandy Community College which achieved a pass rate of 98 per cent, with 30 per cent gaining A grades.