Cardiff A-level students maintain high standards

The provisional A-level results for Cardiff show that standards remain high in the capital city. 

Based on the provisional results announced today, 29.5 percent of A-level results for 2018 are graded A* to A, compared to the Welsh national average of 26.3 percent. 

This year's overall pass rate (the proportion of entries resulting in A* to E grades) is 98.3 percent, remaining higher than the 97.4 percent Welsh national average. 

For entries graded A* to C, the 2018 figure stands at 78.3 percent, compared to a 76.3 percent average for Wales. 

Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "Well done to all the students who collected their results today. I know that an awful lot of hard work and dedication has been put in over the course of the last two years, and everyone deserves to be congratulated. 

"This year's group of students should be extremely proud to have continued the trend of Cardiff's results being above the Welsh national average and I wish them all the very best for the future. 

"I also want to thank all the staff in our schools for the work they have done to help, support and guide their students throughout their time in sixth form." 

The provisional results relate only to A-levels from all exam boards. The BTEC and Welsh Baccalaureate results will be factored into the final ratified figures. 

Examples of some of the achievements from across Cardiff 

Cantonian High School

  • 64% achieving grade A* to C
  • 100% of pupils who completed vocational qualifications achieving Distinction grades
  • 91% achieving A* - C grades in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate of the Welsh Baccalaureate 

Fitzalan High School

  • 91% of pupils achieved 2 or more A* to C grades, with 100% of pupils securing 2 or more A*to E grades
  • Anas Aboukoura has now achieved 4 A*s in maths, physics, biology, chemistry with another A in further maths 

Llanishen High School

  • 31% of grades A* to A, 83% A* to C and 98% A* to E
  • In Further Maths, 75% of grades were A*to A  and 100% A*to C
  • Katie Evans who secured the 4 A*-A grades needed to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University 

Radyr Comprehensive School

  • Best ever A Level Results at Radyr Comprehensive School
  • 38 year 13 students achieved at least 3 A grades
  • 20 students achieved at least 4 A grades
  • 6 students achieved at least 5 A grades
  • Katie Long who achieved 5 A* grades (Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and the Welsh Baccalaureate) and has accepted a place to study Geography at the University of Oxford 

St Teilo's Church in Wales High School

  • Year 13 student, Ethan Poole, achieved A* Biology, A Maths and an A in Geography. Ethan broke his neck in a freak trampoline accident two and a half years ago. He said: "I'm delighted with my results because it means I can now go to Cardiff University to study Biology. I've been accepted by the university and am looking forward to moving into their Halls of Residence next month. But first, it's time to celebrate. Especially, because of my accident just over two years ago. My family are taking me out for a meal tonight and I'm looking forward to catching up with some mates at the weekend."
  • Lois Hillman (3 A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Biology) is going to read Maths at Bath while Erin Hayward Lang (3A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics) is going there to read Astrophysics 

Whitchurch High School

  • Half of all grades awarded were B grade or better
  • 26% of A level grades were A or A*
  • 30 students achieved 3 or more A* or A grades, including 6 students, Gar Jun Chim, twins Nia and Rhianna Mason, Christopher Sandever, Morgan James and Ben Pinches who achieved 3 A* grades. Other students will be rightly proud of their own individual achievements.
  • Many achieved their ambition of a place at top universities across the country, including Gar Jun Chim who will read Maths at Cambridge University 

Ysgol Gymraeg Plasmawr

  • 38% of grades A* to A, 86% A* to C:  86 and 100% A* to E
  • 25% of the whole year group achieved a combination of 3 or more A* and A grades.
  • 12 students achieved a combination of 4 A* and A grades