Gwynedd education chiefs hail "excellent" GCSE results


Geraint Jones


GWYNEDD pupils have been praised for their GCSE results.

Cllr Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s cabinet member for education, said pupils should be “warmly congratulated” for their efforts, after 99.7 per cent of candidates achieved A*-G grades, topping the 98.5 per cent national average.

He added: “As well as praising the county’s pupils, I would like to thank teachers for their hard work throughout the year.”

Dewi Jones, the council’s head of education, said the percentage of students who earned A*-C grades (72.4 per cent) was an improvement on last year, and was higher than the overall Welsh figure (66.6 per cent).

Mr Jones added that the figure for A* or A grades (22.2 per cent) also beat the Welsh average, which was 19.4 per cent.

He added: “We can be proud of these results.”

While he noted the need for caution when dealing with raw data, especially in subjects where the number of candidates is often small, Mr Jones referred to the performance in some individual subjects.

He said: "The results are good in a number of subjects. However, the number of entries and the A*-C percentage is good in English, Welsh, art, history, geography and religious studies.

“It is also pleasing to note that many of our young people have been very successful in vocational subjects such as catering and health and social care – an important aspect for the future."


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