There are jubilant scenes at Coleg y Cymoedd todayÂ as learners and teachers join together at its A-level centre in Nantgarw in celebration of another year of outstanding exam results. Â Â
This year 15 of the collegeâ€™s 22 A level subject areas achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, including physics, history, religious studies, English language and literature.
With over 500 learners receiving their results today, Coleg y Cymoedd is the largest A-level provider in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The collegeâ€™s dedicated A-level centre offers learners the choice of 27 subject options, and operates as a partnership between the College, St Davidâ€™s Catholic College Cardiff and Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School in Pontypridd.
One of the outstanding achievements to result from that partnership this year includes Kristian Hallett (18), a Cardinal Newman Catholic School learner from Ystrad Mynach, who achieved the grades he needed to secure a place at Oxford University.
With his AAAA grades in psychology, history, Welsh Baccalaureate, English language and literature in hand, Kristian is now set to study â€˜Ancient and Modern Historyâ€™ at the University of Oxfordâ€™s Regentâ€™s Park College.
Kristian said, â€œOpening the results was great, it feels like the reward for all the hard work ahead of the exams and then waiting for the results. Now I know that I have a place secured at Oxford I think I might take a gap year, I may even study another A-level at Coleg y Cymoedd.â€
Shortly after Kristian opened his results, one of Walesâ€™ leading young athletes achieved his A-level goals. Calum Haggett (19), a learner from Tonyrefail, achieved three A and one A* grades in maths, physics, chemistry and biology to secure a place at Imperial College London to study biomedical science. Calumâ€™s time at Coleg y Cymoedd has also seen him captain the collegeâ€™s league winning rugby squad and represent his country internationally as captain of the Wales U18â€™s squad. For the last year Calum has put his rugby career on hold in order to concentrate on his studies.
Calum said: â€œToday is such a relief and is a real testament to the work Iâ€™ve put in over the last couple of years. I really canâ€™t thank Coleg y Cymoedd enough for their support, theyâ€™ve really gone the extra mile to make sure I got the results I needed from organising additional tutoring to allowing me extra time to fit in my rugby career.â€
Calum is now looking forward to joining a rugby club once he gets settled in London and re-igniting his playing career.
Results day 2016 at Coleg y Cymoedd also saw a pair of identical twin brothers celebrate identical sets of A-level results, which will allow both to attend the University of Bath to study same course.
Rory and Ryan Doolan opened their results together at the Coleg y Cymoedd A-level centre in Nantgarw this morning to discover that they had both achieved AAB and A* grades in maths, geography, physics and the Welsh baccalaureate. The brothers will now be heading to their first choice university to study civil engineering.
Judith Evans, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, said: â€œSince the opening of this centre four years ago, A-level results day has become one of the true highlights of our year. Itâ€™s a privilege to be here today to share in the excitement of the learners and tutors as they discover the results of two years of hard work and dedication.Â
â€œWorking with our partner schools, Coleg y Cymoedd has made its mission to strengthen the South Wales Valleys through excellent academic provision. I think the festival atmosphere here today shows that we are succeeding.
â€œOn behalf of all the staff at the College, I would like to congratulate all A Level and AS learners. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter of their lives, we wish them every success as they continue the next stage of their studies, or set out on their career paths.
Coleg y Cymoedd serves more than 12,000 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 across its four campuses – Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda, and Ystrad Mynach.
There are still places available for both A Level and vocational courses starting in September 2016. For more information about the courses available and how to apply visitÂ www.cymoedd.ac.uk.
Kristian Hallett is off to the University of Oxfordâ€™s Regentâ€™s Park College with AAAA grades to study Ancient and Modern History
Calum Haggett earns A* AAA to secure a place studying Biomedical Science at Imperial College London
Georgia Evans secures 2 A*s and an A to study History at Kings College London
Identical twins Rory and Ryan Doolan receive identical A Level results to study Civil Engineering at Bath University
Bethan Chamberlain jumps for joy on the red carpet
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