STANWELL & ST CYRES PUPILS RECEIVE THEIR A-LEVEL RESULTS

OMG - did we REALLY do that well? Stanwell sixth-formers are astonished and pleased at how well they've done

‘OMG – did we REALLY do that well?’. Stanwell sixth-formers are astonished and pleased at their results

Penarth’s A-Level pupils were celebrating today as they called-in at the town’s two secondary schools to collect the sealed envelopes containing the results which, in many cases, will be the key their futures.

For most of the students it’s their “last day at school” – a day to wish their friends well, to thank their teachers, to confirm their university places and to celebrate with their parents .

For others – half-way through the sixth form – it was the day they picked up their “AS” results and  find out whether they can go through to the next stage of their studies.

This year the results are complicated by the increasing popularity of the Welsh Baccalaureate – a Wales-only examination which many English universities were once wary about, but which is now graded and therefore  increasingly being accepted as being on a par with “ordinary” A levels. [Oxford and Cambridge still insist on the traditional A Levels and  don’t yet accept the “Welsh Bacc”] .

ST CYRES SCHOOL

Some of St Cyres top A Level students (Left to right) Anjali Ramani, SDamir Adique, Jamie Miller, Danlel Lock, Charlie Baister, and Zoiya Sabeen with St Cyres headteacher Dr Jonathan Hicks

Some of St Cyres top A Level students (Left to right) Anjali Ramani, Samir Sadique, Jamie Miller, Daniel Lock, Charlie Baister and Zoiya Sabeen with St Cyres headteacher Dr Jonathan Hicks

The performance of St Cyres School has now reached a new level with a 5% increase in A-Level  grades at A Star and A .

Dr Jonathan Hicks - headteacher at St Cyres School, Penarth

Dr Jonathan Hicks – headteacher at St Cyres School, Penarth

Headteacher Dr Jonathan Hicks says 79% of the school’s results were graded A Star to C – reflecting a further improvement on previous years.

Dr Hicks says  “98% of the St Cyres Sixth  Form students were awarded the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma – and there’s been a large increase in the number of grades awarded a A Star and A.

He’s also congratulated a number of Year 12 students on impressive successes in their AS examinations .

Dr Hicks said today  “The hard work of our students and the professionalism and dedication of our teaching staff who have supported them every step of the way have once again produced excellent results” .

Pensive students arrive at the new Penarth Learning Centre St Cyres Campus this morning

Pensive students arriving  at the St Cyres Campus at Penarth Learning Centre this morning.

A number of students at St Cyres live in Cardiff and have been travelling to Penarth every day to attend. Now most of them are about to leave home for the first time as they head for universities all over the UK.

In a message to parents –  and  to what are now former pupils –  Dr Hicks said “Our Year-13 students have risen to the challenges we have set them  – and we are incredibly proud of them.  I congratulate them on their  achievements and wish them well in the next stage of their lives .”

(Left to right) Samir Sadique - seen here with one of his teachers - was pleased with his grades, Sophie Ford and Owen John Hicks now know they will be able to attend universities near to each other and Emily Jane Hill and Naran Patel have secured the places they wanted too.

(Left to right) Samir Sadique – seen here with one of his teachers – will be going to Cardiff University, Sophie Ford and Owen John Hicks now know they will be able to attend universities near to each other and Emily Jane Hill and Naran Patel have secured  exactly the places they wanted .

Some parents drove their offspring to school just one last time – but the majority of parents waited at home or at work  -waiting for a phone call to hear how their sons and daughters had got on in what for most will be a watershed moment in their lives.

The first priority for these three St Cyres students was to ring their parents at home to give them the good news

The first priority for these three St Cyres students was to ring their parents at home to give them the good news

STANWELL SCHOOL:

Meanwhile there’s been similar jubilation at Penarth’s Stanwell School – which is consistently rated as one of the top secondary schools in Wales.

Two years ago Tom and Sam Rose (inset left) - identical twins from Dinas Powys - both scored outstanding – and identical – results. Today their younger brother Ben - who looks just like them - heard he had scored an identical set of results. They're all going to be doctors.

Two years ago former Stanwell School pupils Tom and Sam Rose (inset left) – identical twins from Dinas Powys – both scored outstanding – and identical – results. Today their younger brother Ben – who looks just like them – heard he too had scored an identical set of results at Stanwell. All three are  going to be doctors.

Overall, there were 101 A-Star grades awarded including the Welsh Bacc  and 473 pupils achieved grades between A-Star and B grades (63% of entry with the Welsh Bacc). A total of  203 students (98% of entry) achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma.

Maths students were awarded 40 A-Star or A grades (57% of entry). In addition, the computing, French, film studies and German departments were also very pleased with the student’s results, where 80%, 83%, 75% and 75% of the candidates secured A-Star to B, respectively.

William Chappell Eleanor Webster Stanwell's top student Katie MacLeod

William Chappell Eleanor Webster and Stanwell’s top student Katie MacLeod

Assistant Head  Mark Lewis says the  increasing popularity of the “Welsh Bacc” means that fewer students than in earlier years are attempting the maximum of 4 ordinary A Levels as their ‘Welsh Baccalaureate’ now counts as the full equivalent of an A Level .

The ‘Welsh Bacc’ is a complicating factor in comparing this year’s A Level achievements with previous years.  However, at Stanwell a total of 25 pupils attained 3 or more A Levels at “A-Star” or “A” grades.

Maths teacher Mark Lewis advises one of Stanwell's top students Sarah Brabham

Assistant Head and maths teacher Mark Lewis advises one of Stanwell’s top students Sarah Brabham

Stanwell’s top scorers include Katie McCloud who has 3 A-Stars and an A-Star in Welsh Bacc, Abigail Hodges ( 3 A-Stars and Welsh Bac A-Stars) , Stephanie Friend (2 A-stars and 2 Welsh Bac A-Stars)   Sarah Brabham (above)  (2 A-Stars, 1 A and 1 Welsh Bac A-Star) and Will Brown (2 A-Stars and 1 A).

Will Chappell - who's off to Oxford gets a congratulatory hug from fellow sixth-former Lucia Chappell (no relation) as classmates look on ...after all , it is the last day of school.

Will Chappell – who’s off to Oxford gets a congratulatory hug from fellow sixth-former Lucia Chappell (no relation) as classmates look on …after all , it is the last day of school.

Mr Lewis says that during the next few years several subject-syllabuses will be changing and in three or four years’ time there will be – in effect- a brand new “Wales-only” curriculum.  No pupils based in England will be able to take any of Welsh Exams and  the WJEC – the Welsh examination board – will have to write a separate examination for English-based pupils.

There are other differences too –  inasmuch as the “AS” (half-way-house sixth form qualification) counts towards the full A Level in Wales – but doesn’t in England.

'It was worth all that effort'. Martin Doyle Ellie Donovan and Alex Warren can now relax ..until October

‘It was worth all that effort’. Martin Doyle Ellie Donovan and Alex Warren can now relax ..until October

Mr Lewis says the whole examination system is in throes of a massive change. Next year’s “Welsh Bacc” will have a new curriculum and all the science syllabuses will be different . The A Level maths syllabus is also being changed. On top of all that the GCSE in Wales (the exam for 15/16 year olds) is also being modified at the same time .

Left to right Curtis Lee McConnell is to study in the college of contemporary music in London, Samir Mahdi is to study medicine in Bristol and Sally Jones is to study maths at Oxford

(Left to right) Curtis Lee McConnell is to study contemporary music in London, Samir Mahdi is to study medicine in Bristol and Sally Jones is to study maths at Oxford

For those that want to know how the results get to the schools – apparently they’re sent by email on a secure server 24 hours in advance .

The school then verifies them and prints off the all important individual sheets for each student giving them the full details of their grades.

For Stanwell School parents that long anxious wait is over. Jessica Vining has just told her proud parents that she's got the grades she needs ( A-star an A and a B) to study history and archaeology at Exeter

For Stanwell School parents, that long anxious wait is over. Jessica Vining has just told her proud parents that she’s got the grades she needs ( A-Star, an A and a B) to study history and archaeology at Exeter

This morning the anxious wait for all the students – and their parents – was over and it was time to start celebrating.

The chairman of the governors at Stanwell, Tony Rogers, said today “This has been another very good year for the school; we congratulate all of our students on their achievements and wish them continued success in everything they do in the future.”

 

 

 

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7 Responses to STANWELL & ST CYRES PUPILS RECEIVE THEIR A-LEVEL RESULTS

  1. sjleworthy says:

    the fun is over, now the hard work begins😉

  2. Steven says:

    So what. Get a job.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Please, please don’t let’s fill up this thread with negativity. Very many congratulations to all the students and staff for their achievements. Another opportunity to celebrate the success of our local schools.

  4. Alistair says:

    There was once a time when A grade at A-level was as rare as rocking horse you-know-what…

  5. AK says:

    Congratulations to the successful students – onwards to University, to work at home or abroad, or to travel the big wide world.

  6. Paul says:

    For the record, there was no such fuss in the late 60s, when people left St Cyres School. They were glad to see the back of it………..

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