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GCSE pass rate in Flintshire up on 2009

GCSE students across Flintshire are in the mood for celebrating today as excellent results were reported in the county’s schools.

The total percentage of GCSE (A*-G) passes for Wales this year is 98.7%, which represents a 0.2% increase on last year and is the same as the pass rate for the UK as a whole.

With the results in from the Welsh Examining Board (WJEC), which accounts for some but not all exams taken, the pass rate for students in Flintshire stands at 99.4%, an increase of 0.3% on last year.

Higher Grade (A* - C) passes across Flintshire stand at 69.8% of all full course examinations taken with the Welsh Board, an increase of 1.5% when compared to 68.3% of entries at this stage last year. Across Wales a 0.9% improvement has taken the A*-C pass rate on all courses to 66.4%.

The proportion of A and A* grades achieved by Flintshire students in 2010 is 17.4%, just 0.2% below the 2009 figure. Across Wales as a whole this figure is up 0.3% at 19.2%.

The total number of subject entries by Flintshire students with the Welsh Board in the summer exams is slightly down on last year, reflecting a smaller decrease across Wales and lower overall numbers of students. Whilst these are the bulk of subject entries, those made with examining boards in England can affect the pass rate across the county.

Some Flintshire students also now take examinations early in the year rather than in the summer.

Ian Budd, director of Lifelong Learning at Flintshire County Council, said: “The council is pleased to offer its congratulations to the students, teachers, parents and carers of Flintshire for these excellent GCSE results. They are a tribute to the commitment and hard work of our students.

“Our young people can move forward with confidence into further education in Flintshire where many of them have chosen to continue their education. The council warmly congratulates all our students upon their success.”

Councillor Nigel Steele-Mortimer, executive member for lifelong learning, added: “I congratulate the students on their results this year. The results demonstrate the hard work of pupils and teaching staff, in Flintshire schools.”