THOUSANDS of students across Flintshire will be anxiously awaiting the results of their A-levels today.
And for a number of them it will also be the day when they discover whether they have the results needed to get the university place they are hoping for.
This will also be the first year some students will face tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year.
It is another record year for students in Flintshire as the class of 2012 collect their A-level results.
Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) figures submitted to Flintshire County Council showed that for examinations taken with the Welsh board 98.0% of entries received pass grades, a slight increase on the 2011 figure of 97.8%. The Flintshire pass rate with the Welsh board compares well with the A-level pass rate for Wales as a whole, which at 97.6%
is slightly up on the 2011 figure of 97.2%.
In total 18.2% of Flintshire WJEC entries resulted in A* and A Grades compared
to 19.7% in 2011, and 23.6% across Wales as a whole. The Flintshire figure will be significantly boosted this year when results in the Welsh Baccalaureate are added. This is the equivalent of an A grade for successful candidates.
Approximately half of the total of Flintshire entries at A-level are with the Welsh Board.
Ian Budd, Flintshire County Council's director of lifelong learning, said: “Flintshire’s students have worked hard to pursue demanding programmes
of study. I am delighted for all of them, and wish them every success as they build on these results in their future Higher Education, Alun School, Mold
Celebrations are already underway at the Alun School, Mold, which has the largest sixth form in Wales, with more than 540 entries.
And delighted headteacher Mr Ashley Jones said over half of the grades achieves were B or above.
He said: “Forty of our students achieved at least two A grades, and 16 of those actually achieved at least three A grades with 23 of them being A* grades. These successes were spread across all subjects in both the arts and sciences.
“The top individual performances came from Andrew Hannington and Anokhi Patel who both scored three A* grades and one A grade. Andrew will be going to St. Andrews to read Physics and Anokhi to Durham to read Mathematics. We also have students going to all the other top universities including Oxford, London Imperial, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Lancaster and York.
“We congratulate all of our students as well as their teachers both here and in previous schools who have contributed to their outstanding levels of success.”
Connah's Quay High School
Connah’s Quay High School headteacher Greg Dixon spoke of his pride after every student got at least two A-levels – with 65% of passes at grades A*-C.
“We are very proud of the achievements of our students. They have worked very hard over the past two years and they thoroughly deserve their excellent results,” said Mr Dixon.
Exceptional individual performances included Jack Higgott (A*, B and two Cs), Chloe Burke (A and two Bs), Lewis Martin (A* and two Cs), Liam McKinnon (A and two Cs) and Amanda Mountford (A and two Cs).
Hawarden High School
At Hawarden High School 88 students were entered for a total of 294 examinations, with 34% of the entries resulting in the award of A* or A grades. Twenty two achieved at least two passes at Grade A. The equivalent of 100 A* and A grades were awarded.
And 77% of the entries resulted in the award of grades A*, A, B or C.
Headteacher Roger Davies, was extremely pleased with the examination results achieved.
He said: “As a consequence of these results we anticipate that the majority of our students will be able to progress to the next stage in their education, whether it be higher education or work – based training opportunities. Governors and staff convey their best wishes to our departing students.”
Castell Alun High School, Hope
It was one of the best years on record for Hope’s Castell Alun High School where 81% of students secured a higher grade A*-C pass and an overall entry pass of 99% students.
For the first time ever, almost two thirds of all entries achieved A*, A or B grades at Advanced Level.
The Castell Alun sixth form is now larger than ever before and these results mean the group will be at least 300 students strong in September.
Headteacher David Mountfort said: “This is another magnificent achievement for all concerned with Castell Alun. We are delighted for all our students. Our sixth form provision continues to flourish and we would like to thank all parents and staff who have tirelessly supported these young people in achieving their dreams. We wish every student continued success and happiness as they move on to pursue their chosen careers.”
Ysgol Maes Garmon
Ysgol Maes Garmon staff and students are celebrating another successful set of A level results again this year.
A* and A grades have increased to to 45% of al grades and the overall pass rate has increased also.
Headteacher Mrs Bronwe Hughes said: "These grades are a reflection of our students hard work and dedication of the teaching staff over two years and it is wonderful to see them achieve so well."
Top achievers included Callum Culquhorn who gor four A grades, Ffion Conlon one A*, two A, one B, Steffan Gwyn with an A*, three A grades
and Beth Hughes with four A grades.
Aled Owen, head of sixth form said: "I’m very proud of what these Year 13 students have achieved. Their hard work and dedication has assured them of their first choice places in university. I wish them the very best."
Elfed High School, Buckley
Students at Elfed High School gained an excellent set of results.
Among them was Daniel Parry who achieved A grades in chemistry, maths and physics. He is looking froward to studying physics and cosmology at The University of Lancaster. Other top achievers include Ross Diamon and Karianne Robinson who have gained two A grades each.
Sally Jones, director of post-16 study, said she was immensely proud of the students' outstanding achievements.
She said: "Our sicth form has a long tradition of academic success and these young people demonstrate the fact that we are an oustanding learning community. The results are testament to the hard work of our students and staff and the continued support of the parents and carers of our young people."
The induction day for anyone wishing to join the sixth form starts at 1.30pm on Tuesday, September 4.
St David's High School, Saltney
Students and teachers at St David's High School in Saltney are celebrating record breaking results in this year’s A-level examinations where the pass rate for students who entered two or more subjects reached 95%.
Headteacher Tony Davidson said: “These excellent and well deserved results will enable the majority of our students to attend the university of their first choice.
“Twelve months ago, our results showed a significant improvement and this year we have continued the trend of beating our previous best.
“I am pleased the proportion of students achieving higher grades has also increased substantially.
“In addition to their A-level passes, 92% of our students entered for the Welsh Baccalaureate achieved success. This is the first time we have offered the Baccalaureate to all post-16 students and I am delighted with our progress so far.
“Our success reflects the hard work and dedication of the students and staff and the continued support of parents. I congratulate everyone on a job well done.”
Students who achieved outstanding results include Emily Russell A*, A and B grades in English, history , drama and Welsh Baccalaureate; Chris Edwards A grades in each of IT, business studies and Welsh Baccalaureate; and Keziah McKenna A*, A and B grades in music, history and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Flint
Students of St Richard Gwyn Catholic High gave the school its best-ever A-level results.
The vast majority of students who wish to go to university have been successful and will be reading a range of subjects including theology, chemistry, psychology, law, engineering, mathematics, economics, computing, business, biomedical science, archaeology, accounting, automotive engineering, photography, history, geography, biology, fine art, acting and Chinese from a number of UK universities including Manchester, Durham, Nottingham, Bangor, Chester, York, Southampton, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
All of the students passed, with 98% achieving at least two subjects, 85% three subjects at the highest levels (A-C)which was an increase of 8% above the school’s previous best.
Notable achievements by individual students included Helen Wallis, Colin Smith and Richard Harris who all attained three A grades. Rianna Price and Rebekah Carr both attained one A* grade, one A grade and a B grade; Siobhan Roddy, Sian Morgan, Laura Hibbert and Elinor Bowler all achieved two A grades and one B grade.
A-level students from Deeside College are celebrating another year of excellent results.
The overall pass rate rose from the previous year to an above average 98.3%, with 15 out of the 18 subjects having a 100% pass rate.
Deeside College students were also well above the national average in attaining the top A* grade with 9.2% of grades being at this level, compared to the national figure of 6%.
Some of the A2 courses seeing a 100% pass rate of A* - C grades at Deeside College were chemistry, physics, biology and art and design.
Ian Dickson, Deeside College vice principal for curriculum and quality, said: “I am extremely proud of the results that we have seen here today. My congratulations go to all of our A- level students and to the staff who have helped them achieve such excellent results.”
Holywell High School
A-level students at Holywell High School are celebrating an excellent set of results.
There were a number of exceptional performances including Tom Seel who achieved three A*s and two A’s. He will go on to study studying chemical engineering at university.
Fellow students Katy Dytor (two A*s , 1B) will go on to study business and Rebecca Hall (two A’s, two B’s) will read bio-medical sciences at Lancaster University.
Adam Jones is off to London to study acting at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after achieving two A’s and a C. Jamie Williams achieved two A*s and an A and hopes to work at Airbus. Sophie Gilbart secured a place at Derby University to study applied criminology and Gwyn Jones will start an administration apprenticeship with Flintshire County Council in September.
Head of sixth form Siobhan Henry said: “I am very proud of all of our students’ achievements. They have worked very hard during their time at Holywell. It has been another successful year and I am very appreciative of the efforts of staff and parents who have supported the students with their studies.”
John Summers High School
Headteacher Azi Rashud declared himself delighted with students’ A-level performances.
“I am very pleased with the overall results, which continue to maintain the level of success of recent years and reflect the hard work put in by teaching staff and students,” said Mr Rashud.
“The number of students was up by almost a third from last year and, once again, the school achieved a 100% pass rate – and 75% of those achieved grades A* - C.
“Two-thirds of the students are destined for higher education, with the remaining either following further education or modern apprenticeships.”
For the first time more half of students passed their Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.
Top performers included Mitchell Griffiths, Rebekah Gleadhill and Danielle Smith.
Flint High School
It was all smiles at Flint High School as the school’s sixth formers celebrated excellent A-level results.
The top performer was Hannah Moore who achieved three A grades. She is going on to study criminology at Liverpool John Moores University.
There were also impressive performances from BTEC PE students with three of the candidates scoring a distinction star.
Headteacher Pamela McClean said: “For the third year running, Flint High School is celebrating a 100% pass rate at A-level, with 82% of those grades at A*-C. Once again all our students who have applied for university have achieved the grades they need to secure their place. We are very proud of them.
“We are also delighted for our Year 14 students, who stayed in the sixth form to improve their grades and fulfil their ambition to go to university. Amongst the successes are James Jones who will study history and Italian at Bangor and Luke Sauvage who will take architecture at Liverpool John Moores University.
“I would like to pass on my congratulations to all our students on their excellent results and thank the staff for their hard work in helping the sixth formers achieve their goals.”