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Coleg Gwent A Level students celebrate their success

Coleg Gwent A Level students celebrate their success


After all the hard work, the wait is over and Coleg Gwent students and staff are today celebrating A Level results with an overall pass rate of 99% which is higher than the Welsh and UK averages.
 
Across Coleg Gwent 413 students, who sat 1,046 A Level examinations between them, achieved an impressive cross-campus pass rate of 99%, an increase of 0.7% from 2016.
 
Crosskeys Campus students had excellent results with an overall pass rate of 99.04%. The pass rate for grades A*-C was 77.48%, an increase of 3.35% from 2016. Thirty subjects at the Campus had a 100% pass rate.
 
Students at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone (BGLZ) campus in Ebbw Vale achieved a 99.03% overall pass rate, 1.33% above the Welsh average and 1.13% above the UK average. The pass rate for grades A* - C was 73.49%. BGLZ offers 25 A Level subjects and also enjoyed a 100% pass rate.
 
47 out of the 413 (11%) Coleg Gwent students sitting their A Levels got at least one A* grade while four students attained 4 A*/A Grades and 17 students were awarded 3 A*/A grades.
 
Principal Guy Lacey said: “We are extremely pleased with the overall pass rate of 99%, which is a huge achievement and reflects the hard work and dedication of both students and staff. 
“Coleg Gwent is one of Wales’ top performing colleges and these results are a testament to the standard of education students can expect when they study with us. We will certainly be looking to build on this success and also replicate it at Torfaen’s post-16 education centre, planned to open September 2019.   
 
“We send heartfelt congratulations to all of our A Level students and wish them the very best of luck for the future,” he added.
 
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Councillor Clive Meredith, Executive Member for Education said: “The Learning Zone is a multi-million pound educational facility offering rich and varied opportunities for all post 16 education in Blaenau Gwent and I am delighted with the success of our A Level students today. We are continuing to improve Educational performance here in Blaenau Gwent and it is wonderful to see our post-16 pupils achieving their potential as they head for their chosen career paths. I must also mention the hard work of the education professionals and the support of the students’ families who have been key in their success.”

Crosskeys Campus student success
Kate Hale, 18, will soon be swapping her home in Pontypool for student accommodation in Oxford.  Her results – Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A*) and Geography (A) – have bagged her a place at the University of Oxford where she’ll study a Masters in Earth Sciences.  Kate, whose ambition is to become an astronaut, aptly described her reaction to her results as being ‘spaced out’ as they came as a bit of a shock: “I was really nervous opening the envelope as I didn’t think I’d get the grades to get into my first choice, so to find out I got the grades is brilliant.
 
“There’s nothing I haven’t enjoyed about college.  The two years have gone really quick but they’ve been an exciting challenge.  I can’t thank my lecturers enough – there have been a number of times when I’ve felt like giving up but they’ve been so patient, calming and reassuring that I’ve carried on and it’s certainly paid off.”


Kate Hale is aiming high - she wants to be an astronaut!
 
Eighteen-year-old Katie Higgs from Blackwood couldn’t have wished for a better birthday present than her trio of A grades. Achieving the top grades in English Literature, Geography and Law have given her even more reason to celebrate on her milestone birthday. 
 
Katie will be heading to London in September where she’ll be studying Law at Kings College London, after which she wants to become a lawyer – something she never expected she’d be doing before she started college: “After school I chose to do A Levels as I wasn’t sure what career I wanted to go into so I wanted to get qualifications that would allow me broader options afterwards. So I was thrilled when I found law so interesting and engaging.  My lecturers have been incredible – always there when you need them and always happy to help.”
 
Her parents were proud as punch when they came with Katie to collect her results and were looking forward to celebrating with her. Her mum Sue said: “We’re absolutely over the moon with Katie’s results and we’re so pleased she got the results she deserves as she’s worked really hard.” Dad Stephen added: “We’re going to miss her when she goes to uni but we’re focused on the bright future she has ahead of her.”

 
Thomas Summers, 20 from Cwmfelinfach secured an impressive five A Level grades. He’s off to Lancaster University after gaining an A* in Welsh, 3 A grades in English Language and Literature, French and Spanish, and a B in Maths. “I’m shocked and elated,” he said. “I really wasn’t expecting that, I’m speechless! I’d eventually love to use my language skills to be an interpreter.” Speaking about his time at College, Thomas said: "I’ve had ample opportunities to make friends and my tutors have been so supportive. It’s been top notch, I’ve got to be honest!”

Cadi Edwards, 18 from Blackwood, has always wanted to be a general surgeon and her results have taken her one step closer to her goal. Her initial feeling of relief was replaced by excitement when the news of her straight A grades sunk in. Having studied Biology, Chemistry and Maths, Cadi will be going to study Biomedical Science at the University of Bath in September: “My uncle is a surgeon and he’s always enjoyed his work which I think is important so I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
 
As well as looking forward to getting to grips with her studies, Cadi’s looking forward to catching up with friends: “I’ve made loads of friends in college and we’ll all stay in touch so I’m looking forward to visiting them at the different unis they’re going to across the UK.”


Noah Vaughn Roberts, aged 18 has every reason to be over the moon with his results. The budding astronomer is shooting for the stars with 3 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and is off to the University of St Andrews to study Astrophysics. He said: “I really didn’t think this was possible, I’m totally overwhelmed by my grades! I’ve been lucky to have a very close knit group of friends here, and my tutors have been brilliant.”

Megan Baker, 18 from Cwmbran, achieved three straight As in English Language and Literature, Geography and Religious Studies, as well as a B for her Welsh Baccalaureate. The excellent results have secured Megan a place at Cardiff University to study English Language and Literature. She said: “I’m just so happy and relieved that all the hard work has paid off. I really love English so I’m thrilled to get the grades for Cardiff. Coleg Gwent has been excellent, my tutors really put in the work to support me.”

Conservation enthusiast Nadia Tomsa, 18 from Pontllanfraith, will be putting two As in Biology and Maths and a B in Chemistry to good use. She’s setting sail for the University of Exeter to study Marine Biology, and is looking forward to studying abroad in her third year. “I love the sea and conservation,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if I’d got the grades but I’m really happy to be going to Exeter! My tutors were amazing, especially in helping me with my personal statement."


Nadia Tomsa and her mum are thrilled with her results

Future doctor Lewis Hancock, 18 from Torfaen, secured two A* grades in Biology and Chemistry, as well as an A in Maths and a C in French. “I’m finding it hard to put into words how much this means to me," he said. ”The excellent support I’ve had at Coleg Gwent has put me on course for my dream career." Thomas will be heading to Cardiff University to study Medicine in September. 

Charlotte Lewis, 18 from Newbridge, is letting her results slowly sink in. With an A* in English Literatureand two A grades in Biology and Chemistry, she’s bagged a place at the University of Exeter to study English Literature. “I really wasn’t expecting the A in Chemistry, so that was a shock but I’m really very happy! My tutors have been really encouraging and have made learning enjoyable.” 

Ellie Cooper, 18 from Risca, smashed her own expectations with an A* in Maths and two As in History and Physics. “I wasn’t confident at all, but now I’m very, very happy,” she said. “I’d possibly like to go into teaching, but for now I’m looking forward to studying a Masters in Physics at the University of Bristol.”

Language lover Nicole Allen, 18 from Blackwood, achieved A* grades in Spanish and Welsh, as well as As in French and Maths. She’s delighted to have got the grades to study Spanish and Welsh at Swansea University. “I’d love to be a translator eventually as I really love languages. It feels so good to have got the grades.” 


Nicole Allen would like to be a translator one day

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone student success
Jess Hayward’s ambition to become a children’s nurse came a big step closer to reality today when she scooped a fantastic set of A Level results which have given her a place at Cardiff University. The 18-year-old from Abertilllery gained A* grades in her Psychology and Sociology A Levels and an A in Religious Studies.
 
“I have always loved volunteering and helping out with children so it felt natural to go into nursing. I found college much better than school as I liked that I have developed independent learning. Also, my tutors were enthusiastic and always willing to help.”
 
Jess will be following in the footsteps of her two older brothers who both went to university and will be on hand to give her advice.
 
Getting back from his summer holiday yesterday meant that 18-year-old Tom Yorke didn’t have long to wait for his results before finding out if he had a new destination to travel to this autumn. Happily Tom, from Nantyglo, will be heading off to the University of Exeter to study Human Geography having achieved A grades in his Geography and History A Levels, and a B in English Language and Literature.  
 
Tom has chosen to study Human Geography because of his Geography teacher at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, Nicola Gatesman: “Nicola was such a good teacher I could see what possibilities there are in studying Human Geography and I’m keeping my options open for my future career. The good thing about college is that I had more freedom and it prepares you better for university.”    

Tom York's grades bagged him a place at the University of Exeter

Best friends Natalie Channer (18) and Grace Thomas-Parr (19) have lots to celebrate. Natalie helped Grace celebrate her birthday yesterday with a spa day and today their A Level results mean both Natalie and Grace will be going to Cardiff University together.
 
Natalie from Abertillery, who gained an A* in Geography, an A in English Language and Literature and a B in Biology, will be studying Geography and is thinking of a career in teaching, while Grace gained the grades needed in Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education to study Paediatric Nursing. “I was always intrigued by nursing and having looked after younger cousins chose nursing for the younger generation, rather than the older generation.”  
 
Natalie’s mum Jan was delighted and said that her daughter was the first person in the family to go to university. A happy Natalie added: “My geography tutor was inspirational and one of the best things about college.”
 
Grace, who was a pupil at King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, also praised her tutors for the support they gave her. “Coming to college not knowing anyone and not coming from around here I’ve been welcomed and have a large group of supportive friends – it was a good choice.”

Eighteen year old Myles Davies from Abertillery was ecstatic with his results, securing an A* in Maths, an A in Chemistry and and also an A at AS level in Further Maths. Myles said: “I am overwhelmed with the result. It’s difficult to put it all into words. My tutors were so supportive and always there for me. It’s an amazing place to study.” Myles had his father by his side as he opened his results and the amount of pride was clear to see. Myles is off to Cardiff University and is relishing the thought of this next stage in life. 


Myles Davies is bound for Cardiff University

Eighteen year-old Shannon Edwards from Abertillery will be heading to Birmingham University this autumn to study law after gaining an A grade in her Law and Psychology A Levels and a B in History. Shannon developed an interest in law from watching documentaries when she was younger and an interest in the whole court system has led her to setting her sights on becoming a solicitor. She said: “I’ve got into my chosen university so I’m feeling really good – it’s all just sinking in. My tutors and friends were the best part of Coleg Gwent. The tutors kept pushing us until the very end, they were so supportive.”

Seventeen year old Lauren Elkins from Nantyglo could be a name to watch for the future as she seems to have a career as an actress in her sights.  Collecting her results from Coleg Gwent, she said: I’m really very pleased, over the moon in fact, with my results – I got a B in Drama and Theatre Studies, and Cs in English Literature, History and Law
 
Lauren, who is excited to be heading the University of Chichester to study Triple Threat Musical Theatre in September, said: “I think the tutors here are amazing but it’s not just them, all the staff are."

Alice Bradshaw, 18 from Tredegar, came in to collect her results, along with proud mum Mandy. Both of them were understandably over the moon with the results.  Alice said: “It was really hard work, but I love maths and studied hard so it is fantastic to get an A* in Maths and a B in Further Maths, plus a B in Physics . My tutors were amazing. So enthusiastic and so supportive. I’ve loved my time at Coleg Gwent.” 
 
Alice will now be heading to the University of Bristol to study Maths. 

Alice Bradshaw loved her time at Coleg Gwent

Eighteen year old Eleanor Price from Brynmawr has overcome adversity to triumph in her A Level results, gaining four straight A grades in Law, Geography, Religious Studies and Welsh Baccalaureate. Following a difficult year in her personal life she has now achieved the grades to go on to study Law at the University of Birmingham.  After collecting her results she said:  “I’m really chuffed with the grades. I’ve had a pretty tough year so it’s so good to get the results I needed.  The champagne is on ice back at home!”
 
Laura Aylett is the lead tutor with Inspire, the college’s team that provides a lot of support for students that need it.  She said:  “We’re incredibly proud of Eleanor and all that she has achieved despite an incredibly difficult year for her. She’s amazing and shows that we can all achieve our dreams with the right support and help.”

Emily Hoskins who is 20 and lives in Abertillery has loved her courses from the start and it shows in the results. With an A* in English Language and Literature and As in

Law and Maths she has realised her dream of a place at Cardiff University to study Law. Clearly on cloud nine Emily said: “I am so grateful to my tutors. The level of support they provide is amazing. I loved the independent learning and this has really helped me get ahead. My goal at this point is to ultimately work for the CPS.” 


Emily Hoskins enjoyed the independent learning college offers

Morgan Lewis, 18 from Ebbw Vale, said his results for Business Studies (A*), ICT (A*) and Law (A) came as a shock: “I really didn’t expect to do so well, I’m completely overwhelmed at this point”.  A former student at Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School, Morgan now plans to take a gap year and has applied to work on a children’s camp in America.

Owain Phillips, 18 from Glyncoed was very pleased with his grades in History (B), and English Language and Literature (B) and Computing (C), as this has secured his place at Swansea University. Owain will be studying Computer sScience with a view to a career as a systems analyst. He said:  “I loved my time at Coleg Gwent.  My tutors were amazing – very supportive and always available – in fact they were a big part of my success. I can’t thank them enough. The extra revision sessions were especially helpful.”


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