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Welsh Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has joined learners today at Coleg y Cymoedd to celebrate their A level results successes.Â
Today saw the collegeâ€™s Nantgarw-based Sixth Form Centre roll out the red carpet for learners whose collective successes have resulted in an overall pass rate of 97% for A2 with 63% of learners achieving A*-C and many subjects securing a 100% pass rate including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Further Maths, English and History.Â
The festival atmosphere at Coleg y Cymoedd provided a backdrop for the Education Minister to congratulate learners personally as she discovered the secrets of its Sixth Form Centreâ€™s success, which include a 5% improvement on last year at AS Level.
The yearâ€™s results make for one of the collegeâ€™s proudest milestone moments and showcase the success of a number of initiatives the college has implemented over the past academic year. That path began in September 2018 when a relaunch saw Coleg y Cymoedd assume full control of all academic and pastoral aspects of the Sixth Form Centre, resulting in a 6% rise in successful completion.Â Â Â Â
Meeting with tutors also provided the opportunity to see first-hand how college staff have re-defined the education experience to ensure learner wellbeing receives as great a focus as providing first-class learning opportunities and access to rewarding extra-curricular activities.Â Â Â
Speaking about her visit, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams said: â€œReceiving your A-level results is a major event in many peopleâ€™s lives. The festival atmosphere at the college was befitting of such an important milestone and was certainly more glamorous than when I received my A-level results a few years ago!
â€œCongratulations to the students and everyone at Coleg y Cymoedd on your success and thank you for welcoming me here today. I wish you all the best in your next challenge!â€
Outstanding learner achievements from the day include Thomas Tiltman, 18, from Bedwas, who completed his Maths A-level one year early, aged just 16, for which he achieved an A*. Adding to this already impressive achievement, Thomas attained A*AA grades today in Physics, Further Maths, and Biology, securing his place to study Maths at Bath University â€“ one of the best institutions in the UK to study the subject. The aspiring financier is now well on the way to achieving his career goals after landing a place on the highly regarded course, which will also include an invaluable industry placement year.
Similarly, eighteen-year-old Daniel Bray from Caerphilly is set to study Computer Science after achieving A*AB in Maths, Physics and Further Maths. The talented learner completed his full Maths A-level in just one year of study alongside his AS levels, achieving one of the highest results in Wales. Daniel independently taught himself how to code computer software and games and now hopes to develop a career in computer programming.
Meanwhile, twins Morgan and Lewis King, 18, are planning to take a vocational route to their chosen careers after receiving their A-level results. The brothers, who are poles apart in terms of subjects, with Morgan studying Film Studies, Media and Art, and Lewis studying Physics, Maths Further Maths and Chemistry are both planning to undertake apprenticeships, rather than full time university. Morgan, who dreams of working on the special effects and animation of blockbuster movies, plans to spend the summer working on developing his animation portfolio whilst looking for the perfect apprenticeship fit for him within the industry.
Established in 2012, the collegeâ€™s Sixth Form Centre offers learners the choice of 24 AS and A-level subject options, as well as 6 BTEC Level Three options.Â With over 300 learners receiving results today, Coleg y Cymoedd is the largest A-level provider across Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The Minister for Education was joined by Karen Phillips, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, who, congratulating learners, tutors and staff, said: â€œWe are immensely proud of the incredible success that we have seen at Coleg y Cymoedd in our first year of taking full responsibility of all aspects of A-level provisions and learner experience.
â€œOver the last 12 months, we have worked tirelessly to provide learners with the highest possible quality of education while striving to provide an unrivalled level of pastoral care. The dedication of our tutors and support teams guarantees that every learner is given every opportunity to succeed.
â€œSupporting learners to achieve the very best they can involves far more than just helping them with their studies â€“ it involves supporting them as an individual and inspiring them to go above and beyond.
â€œTodayâ€™s results are a credit to the supportive environment we have created. Iâ€™d like to thank and congratulate the entire teaching team for the dedication they have shown to supporting and motivating learners both academically and pastorally.
â€œI congratulate each and every one of our brilliant learners receiving their results and wish them the very best for the future, whether they plan to head to university, start an apprenticeship, undertake further education or training, or take their first steps on the career ladder.â€
In addition to impressive A-level results, the college is also celebrating exceptional results for vocational learners, enabling them to progress to university, apprenticeships or the workplace.
Coleg y Cymoedd serves more than 10,000 learners from the boroughs of Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf and surrounding areas. In addition to A-levels, the college provides a wide selection of vocational courses including apprenticeships across its four campuses in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda, and Ystrad Mynach.
Limited places are still available for A-level and vocational courses starting in September 2019. For more information about the courses available and how to apply, visit www.cymoedd.ac.uk