The second cohort of students getting results at Coleg Gwent’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone campus in Ebbw Vale have achieved an impressive 98.2% overall pass rate, higher than the UK and Wales average.
Across Coleg Gwent A Level students
achieved a cross-college pass rate of 96.9%. Overall pass rate for the college A* - C is 69.6% and for Blaenau Gwent overall pass rate A*-C an impressive 76.4%,
Twenty six subjects across the Campuses achieved an impressive 100% pass rate. Twenty eight students received A* grades, two students received 4 A*A grades and nine secured 3 A*A grades.
Students at Crosskeys Campus
have achieved an overall pass rate of 97.2% with overall pass rate at A*-C at the Campus of 68.9%.
The students have all work extremely hard to achieve fantastic results with twenty one students raking up more than 360 UCAS points. One student Mason Hill, 18, from Risca, gained a place at Oxford with his 400 points and two students, Jack Davies, 18, from Ebbw Vale is off to Birmingham and Jake Murphy, 18, from Crosskeys is off to Warwick after gaining 540 UCAS points each.
Other students have gained places at Bath, Cardiff, Exeter and University of South Wales.
Acting Principal, Guy Lacey said: “We are very proud of our students who have worked hard and achieved such good grades. The results, along with our excellent vocational results, are a great reflection of the efforts and commitment made by our students and staff working together.
“The overall pass rate of 96.9% is exceptional. We’re delighted that our students continue to achieve excellent results that they can be proud of. The College see this as a significant benchmark of the very high quality education that Coleg Gwent offer.
“All these students have a fantastic future ahead of them and we wish them all the very best as they take up their next challenge.”
At Coleg Gwent’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
students continue the upward trend of success are celebrating their high achievements with the best results ever in the area.
Lynette Jones, Corporate Director of Education at Blaenau Gwent Council, says: “This is great news for our students here in Blaenau Gwent who chose to go on to study for their A Levels. The Learning Zone, our schools and students have delivered excellent results at A Level which clearly demonstrate an improving picture of achievement here in Blaenau Gwent. The council is proud of everyone’s hard work and I’m sure that both students and parents appreciate the efforts of teaching staff across the county borough. I wish all the students continued success for the future.’
Leader of Blaenau Gwent Council, Cllr Hedley McCarthy says: “I would like to congratulate all the students on their success today, it is fantastic to see the hard work of students and education professionals pay dividends and we wish them all the best in their chosen paths. The Learning Zone is now the hub for post-16 learning in the county borough. We were delighted to work with Coleg Gwent
, the Welsh Government and the University of Wales Newport to deliver the Learning Zone and its multi-million pound modern educational facilities.’
Among the excellent results were students excited about going off to Bath University.
Lauren Davies 18 from Nant-y-Glo racked up an amazing trio of A* grades in Mathematics, Chemistry and Geography. She is pretty shocked and is now off to Bath University to study Chemical Engineer and hopes to become a Chemical Engineer.
Speaking about her results she said: “I didn’t expect to do so well as the exams were really tough. I have had so much support from the tutors here and I realise now that I was better off coming to college and I have made some cracking friends.”
Joshua Lilly, 18, from Pontypool, gained three A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.
He said: “I’m feeling pretty good – that’s an understatement! “I’m going to Bath to do a Maths degree. I’ve no idea what I will do afterwards but it will be Maths based.
“Best part CG “The tutors, my friends all of it – I’d recommend college for A Levels because it’s a step up closer to Uni.”
Nina Holmes, 18, from Ebbw Vale feels amazing after receiving one A* in Law and two A grades in ICT and Psychology. She is off to University of South Wales to study Law and hopes to become a Solicitor. She said: “I never thought I’d get these results. I’ve tried really hard and the work I put in has paid off. The tutors at Coleg Gwent have been so helpful and I feel prepared for University.”
Tom Daniels, 18, from Nant-y Glo attained one A* in Geography and two A grades in Maths and Chemistry. He is off to Cardiff University to study Chemistry. He said: “I feel brilliant. I was in shock after the exams and I was hoping for Bs and Cs so this is fantastic.”
Jack Davies 18 from Ebbw Vale, will be going onto a Career in Chemical Engineering after scooping four A grades in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. He is off to Birmingham University and feels pretty good. He said: “I was expecting these results so feel great. I’ve met lots of new people and really loved the social aspect of college.”
Mason Hill, 18 from Risca received two A* and one A in English Literature, History and Religious Studies.
He said: “I’m thrilled that my results have got me into Oxford – I can’t wait to read English Literature and Language at such a highly regarded and iconic uni. “I’ve absolutely loved college. The tutors really push you – not in a negative way but they see your potential and make sure you strive to achieve – and it’s certainly paid off.”
James Horton, 18 from Rogerstone, received one A* and two A in English Lit History and Film Studies
He said: “I’ve been extremely nervous to get my results so it’s a massive relief to finally get them, and a brilliant surprise as I did better than I thought I would.
“I’ve secured my place at my first choice university so I’ll be going to Exeter University in September to do film studies – I can’t wait! “The tutors have college have made my college experience. They go that extra mile, they’re always there to help – they’re excellent. I’ve also made some really good friends – we’ll all definitely keep in touch.”
Jake Murphy Crosskeys aged 18 gained Biology A* Chemistry A Mathematics A* Further Mathematics A*
“I was a bit nervous but now I’m ecstatic. “I’m going to Warwick University to study a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. I’ve had very good, supportive tutors and I’ve made some great friends.”
Kate Powell Blackwood 18 years old is off to Cardiff University after gaining Biology A Chemistry A and Mathematics A*
“I’m more than pleased – I got an A* in Maths, I‘ve got to check , yes I really did get it!” I’m very excited to go to Cardiff University to study medicine. It’s seven years and I know it will be difficult but I will enjoy it along the way and it will be worth it.” “We get a lot of support here which allows you to fulfill your potential, and I’ve made friends for life so it will be important to keep in touch when we go our separate ways.”
Sandy Berriman Blackwood aged 18 Biology A Chemistry A Mathematics A
“I’m happy and relieved. I’ve got a place at Cardiff Uni to study Pharmacy. I decided I wanted to be a pharmacist after going on work experience.” “The tutors were great and helped you a lot, I made new friends and met different people and coming to Coleg Gwent is a step closer to university.”
Olivia Turley mobile Aged 18 Blackwood English Literature A History A Sociology A
“I felt oddly calm before because I knew I had a job but I’m relieved it’s over. I had a place at Exeter and they wanted three As but I’ve been offered a job in Quantity Surveying and will be covering Wales and the West working four days a week and will have one day release to go to the University of South Wales to study for a degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. My tutors were great and Ann Wilson is my favourite person in the world she goes that extra mile and is so supportive. I’ve made loads of new friends and we had a great tutorial group.”
19 year old Christian White from Ebbw Vale was “surprised” but “extremely chuffed” to find his hard work throughout the year has paid off, achieving AAA in Maths, Physics and Computing. Christian already achieved A-Levels in English and Drama at School but he had a change of career ambitions and decided to return to study at BGLZ/college. Christian described returning to study as “a massive shock” especially as he “hadn’t studied Maths since year 10”. Christian said he owed his success to his teachers and tutors for their “incredible” support, but also his friends who “push each other” to achieve good marks. Christian aims to study Aerospace Engineering at Bath University and aspires to “push boundaries” in Avionics.
Chelsea Bodenfrom Abertillery has come from a Welsh Medium School and completed her AS level this year. She was delighted at her four A grades in Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry. She aspires to go to Oxford or Bath to study Physics and wants to go into Engineering. Speaking about her results, she said: “ The Tutors at Coleg Gwent have helped me so much to fit in and to transition from being taught only in Welsh to English. I was concerned about Chemistry but am really pleased with my results.”
Jordan Jones age 17 from Ebbw Vale was “buzzing” to have achieved three a-levels in English Literature, A, Drama, A and Psychology C at BGLZ. Jordan loved studying at BGLZ – “I have made friends that I never thought I would make, who will stay with me forever and I absolutely loved all my tutors, they were amazing”. Jordan described BGLZ as a brilliant environment for learning”. Jordan is taking a gap year to conquer Camp America, but hasn’t left university out of his sights, eyeing up a place at either Exeter or Manchester to study English Literature and Drama. Jordan aspires to become an actor on the big stage. Break a leg Jordan.