A level results 2016: So how did Wales do? Find out how your area did

Wrexham – 98.5% pass

The overall pass rate in Wrexham schools was 98.5%, which was higher than the all-Wales figure of 97.3%.

There was further improvement in the number of top grades awarded, with more than 30% achieving A*-A grades, which was significantly above the all-Wales figure of 22.7%.

Caerphilly – 97% pass

The overall pass rate for students in Caerphilly was 97% (A*-E), consistent with the provisional result from 2015.

The proportion of pupils achieving A*-A grades was 16.6%, an increase of over 1% compared to last year, and 69.8% of grades were at C or above, again a slight increase compared to the results from 2015.

Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Park Avenue, Porthcawl.
A-level results. Megan Jones, right, and Linzi Watson, left.

Pembrokeshire – 96.6% pass

The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-level was 96.6%, compared with the Wales national average of 97.3%.

The percentage of pupils gaining A* and A grades was 18.2% compared to a Welsh average of 22.7%.

Ceredigion – 97.9% pass

In Ceredigion, 97.9% of A-level entries were graded A*-E, with 23.9% of those achieving the top A grades.

It meant Ceredigion’s performance in both key A-level benchmarks were comfortably above the Wales average.

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Cardiff – 98.2% pass

The overall pass rate in Cardiff now stands at 98.2%, compared with the Welsh average of 97.3%.

The city has broken through the 80% mark (80.3%) for grades A*-C, which is up from the 78.4% of last year, while the proportion of A*-A grades is slightly down on last year at 28.1%.

Carmarthenshire – 98.3% pass

The overall pass rate at A-level was 98.3%, compared with the national Welsh average of 97.3%.

In the combined top grades of A*-A, Carmarthenshire students achieved 26.4% and a performance of 79% at A*-C, above the Welsh average of 73.8%.

Pupils from Heolddu Comprehensive School open their A-level results

Vale of Glamorgan – 98% pass

More than 98% of pupils in the Vale achieved grades A*-E, which was half a per cent higher than in 2015.

Overall, 23.2% of pupils achieved A*-A grades and 77.3% achieved grades A*- C, compared to a national average of 73.8%.

Bridgend – 98.3% pass

Bucking the national trend across Wales, 98.3% of pupils in Bridgend passed their A-levels, with 76.6% gaining grades A*-C – up 3% on last year.

The greatest improvement was among the most able and talented students, with the proportion of those gaining A*-A rising by 4.6% to 23.8% – a reversal of the trend across Wales.

Ysgol Rhydywaun students celebrate their A-Level results

Blaenau Gwent – 99.6% pass

Students studying at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, in Ebbw Vale, achieved a 99.6% overall pass rate, the highest ever for the region.

The pass rate for grades A*-C was 76.6%, maintaining last year’s performance, while 25 subjects at the campus had a 100% pass rate.

Merthyr Tydfil – 99% pass

In Merthyr Tydfil, the overall pass rate remained stable at 99%, but its proportion of A*-A grades went up to 13% from 10% last year.

But in the second full set of results for The College Merthyr Tydfil, which has taken over from the borough’s four old sixth-forms, the proportion of pupils obtaining A*-C grades fell to 68% –down from 70% last year.


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Newport – 97.4% pass

The percentage of pupils gaining an A* in Newport was 6.9%, an increase on last year’s 5.9% and above the Wales average of 6.6%.

The proportion of those gaining an A*-A was 21.9%, a decrease on last year’s 23.2% and below the Wales average of 22.7%. The overall pass rate was 97.4%, up slightly on last year

Powys – 97.5%

Nearly one in five Powys results were at the highest grades A*-A (18.3%) and almost five out of every 10 results (48.3%) were at grades A*-B.

More than 5% of results were at grade A* and a further 13% were at grade A; results at grades A*-B remained higher than the all-Wales figure of 48.1%.

Gower College Swansea’s Gorseinon campus,. Bronwen Lee (left) and Marie-Julie Cnudde

Gwynedd – 96.2% pass

In Gwynedd, 96.2% of entries gained grades A*-E – below the all-Wales average – and 69.6% of entries gained A*-C grades.

Overall, 20.2% of entries gained A*-A grades, which was considerably below the Welsh average of 22.7%.

Rhondda Cynon Taf – 96.6% pass

The number of young people in RCT who secured A*-E passes in their A-level exams stands at 96.6%.

The proportion of pupils achieving A*-C passes was 69.1%, with 17.2% of students achieving A*-A grades.

A Level Students at Gower College Gorseinon, Swansea

Anglesey – 96.9% pass

The percentage of pupils achieving grades A*-E across all subjects was 96.9% – close to the national average of 97.3%.

The council noted that the A*-E percentage was 100% in a “significant number” of subjects, while the proportion of pupils achieving the A* grade was 6.2%.

Conwy – 97.7% pass

In Conwy’s schools, 74.2% of pupils had A*-C grades, up from 72.2% in 2015 and above the all-Wales average of 73.8%.

The overall pass rate this year (A*-E grades) was 97.7%, which was also above the all-Wales average of 97.3%.

A Level Students Sam Mowbray A* A A Aimee Jones A* Double Dist from Neath and Port Talbot College

Monmouthshire – 99.1% pass

Record-breaking results saw the region’s pass rate rise by nearly 4% to 99.1% (compared to 95.4% last year).

The rising pass rate also saw a record number of students (28%) achieving the highest grades of A*-A, which represented a huge 10% increase on last year and compared favourably with the national rate of 22.7%.

Swansea – 99% pass

The city’s overall pass rate of 99% was almost 2% better than the Welsh average and performance at the highest grade was also better than for Wales as a whole.

In all, 22% of Swansea entrants gained an A*-A grade, while 6.9% of students got an A* – compared to 6.6% for Wales.

Porthcawl Comprehensive School
A-level results. Three A* and one A grade for Sophie Rees, left, her mother Sam Bennet, right.

Flintshire – 97.2% pass

In Flintshire, 97.2% of pupils passed their exams – down 0.4% from last year and also 0.1% below the average for Wales.

The number of A*-C grades also fell this year from 77.3% to 73%, with 14.7% of Flintshire entries resulting in A*-A grades – which was considerably lower than the Welsh average.

Denbighshire – 98.9% pass

Overall, 98.9% of pupils in the region passed their exams – an improvement on the previous year.

The council said there had been some “excellent individual achievements” across all schools, with most showing an increase in the number of students gaining A*-A grades.

Neath Port Talbot – 98% pass

The percentage of pupils in Neath Port Talbot passing their A-levels at grades A*-E was 98%.

Figures show 79% of those passes were at the higher A*-C grades, with 23% achieving the top A*-A grades.

Torfaen – 98.5% pass

In Torfaen, 98.5% of pupils gained A*-E grades, compared to 98.1% last year – above the Wales average of 97.3%.

The percentage of pupils gaining A*-A grades decreased slightly to 20.6%, from 21% last year and below the Wales average of 22.7%.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/education/level-results-2016-how-wales-11770053