Thousands of students across Rhondda Cynon Taf have received their GCSE results
Thousands of GCSE students across Rhondda Cynon Taf are celebrating having finally received their examination results.
The wait is finally over as pupils throughout the County Borough returned briefly to school during their holidays to tentatively collect their results from staff.
A staggering 98.4 per cent of the County Borough’s young people attained an A*-G pass rate while 61.5 per cent of students attained an A*-C pass grade and 14.6 per cent attained an A*-A pass grade - all slight increase on the previous year.
The overall A*-G pass rate in Wales remains stable at 98.7 per cent, with 65.7 per cent of Welsh students attaining A*-C pass grades and19.2 per cent of students attaining A*-A pass grades.
It is important to remember that the GCSE figures released and analysed today (Thursday, August 22) are based on WJEC statistics only. There are other examination boards whose results, while issued to candidates, have not yet been subjected to analysis.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet member for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “Congratulations to all of our GCSE students on this very important, landmark day in their young lives. They have done so well once again and I wish them every success for the future.
“It gave me great pleasure to go around our schools to see the joy on the faces of the pupils and their teachers and we warmly congratulate each and every one of them.
“GCSE results do not happen by accident or by luck - it is down to a lot of hard work and dedication by the students and staff at our schools, as well as the vital support provided by families who are committed to helping our young people reach their full potential.
“Year after year we continue to be proud and pleased with the achievements of our young people, and this year has been no exception.”
“Today is about celebrating this achievement and ensuring it is used to motivate future pupils and also ensure those who perhaps did not get the results they were hoping for are supported, as there are many other opportunities available for them.”
A total of 21,922 pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taf sat GCSE examinations this year, compared to 21,705 pupils in the previous academic year - a rise of 217 pupils.
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