A level students across Monmouthshire are today celebrating a record breaking set of A-level results.  A record number of students at all four secondary schools have achieved record results with the county’s pass rate rising by nearly four percentage points to 99.1% (compared to 95.44% last year), nearly two percentage points higher than the national pass rate.  The rising pass rate also saw a record number of students (28%) achieving the highest grades of A*- A.  This is a huge 10% increase on last year and compares favourably with the national rate of 22.7%.

Across Monmouthshire there has been a further increase in the number of students achieving the Level 3 threshold (of two A levels grades A-E) to 99.7%, an increase of 1.3% from last year.  In three of the county’s four secondary schools the level 3 threshold was achieved by 100% of students.

Abergavenny’s King Henry VIII Comprehensive School maintained its high pass rate of 99% and this year the level of A*- A grades increased by 20% to 34%.

Caldicot School saw a huge leap in its pass rate – rising by 8.4% to 98.9%.  It also saw a rise of 4.8% in its Level 3 threshold to 100%.

Chepstow once again achieved 100% at the Level 3 threshold and secured a 3.4% increase with its pupils achieving the very highest grades to 22.29%. .

Monmouth Comprehensive recorded a record pass rate of 100% from 96% last year and 30% of its students achieved the highest A*-A grades.

In all Monmouthshire secondary schools staff are confident that the vast majority of students will gain entry to their preferred courses.

Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for education commented: “I am absolutely thrilled – these fantastic results are a real indicator of how hard the students and teachers have worked over the last two years.  I also want to recognise the support that our students receive from their parents and carers.  Across all of our schools we have seen improvements and children excelling at the highest levels.  This will give them great confidence as they start the next stages of their lives, be that in education or work.”

Sarah McGuinness, Chief Officer for Children and Young People added: “I am delighted at what our four schools have achieved today.  Across the board we have seen significant increases in all of the key measures and our students.  Their families and teaching staff can be extremely proud of what they have achieved. Monmouthshire’s results compare favourably with national outcomes and I know that our schools will be very pleased with this.  Our students can look to the future, well-equipped to achieve their full potential.”

Students looking for advice, no matter what their results, are encouraged to visit the Careers Wales website on; www.careerswales.com/