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Another year of success for Coleg Gwent A Level students

Another year of success for Coleg Gwent A Level students

The waiting’s over for 528 Coleg Gwent students who sat more than 1,300 A Level examinations between them earlier this year.

The first cohort of A Level students getting results at Coleg Gwent’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone campus in Ebbw Vale achieved an impressive 97.7% overall pass rate, becoming the most successful Blaenau Gwent A Level students ever.

Across Coleg Gwent A Level students achieved a cross-college pass rate of 97.7%. Twenty seven subjects across the Campuses achieved an impressive 100% pass rate. Many students received A* grades, six students attained 4 A* grades and seven students secured 3 A* grades.  One exceptional student, Jack Mainwaring, 18 from Blackwood, notched up 5 A* grades.

Students at Crosskeys Campus have achieved a pass rate of 97.6%. The overall pass rate at A*-C at the Campus is 77.5%, slightly higher than last year.

Delighted with today’s outcome, Principal Jim Bennett said: “Both staff and students should be extremely proud of themselves. These results, along with our excellent vocational results, are a superb testimony to the hard work and commitment of everyone at the College.

“The overall Coleg Gwent pass rate of 97.7% is exceptional. We’re delighted that our first students taking A Levels at the Learning Zone have achieved the best ever A Level results in Blaenau Gwent.

“Our Crosskeys Campus students also continue to achieve excellent results. This is a significant benchmark of the very high quality of education that Coleg Gwent offers.

“All these students have a fantastic future ahead of them and we wish them all the very best of luck as they take up their next challenge.”

Thanks to another set of excellent results, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London are just some of the prestigious universities that students will be attending from September.

At Coleg Gwent’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone students celebrated being part of the best ever Blaenau Gwent results.

Trevor Guy, Interim Director of Education at Blaenau Gwent Council, commented, “This is great news for the students in Blaenau Gwent who have gone on to study for their A levels. We must now ensure that even more students make the decision to build on their GCSE success and go on to study for and achieve the higher qualifications.”

Leader of Blaenau Gwent Council, Cllr Hedley McCarthy says: “We took a difficult decision to totally transform post-16 education here in Blaenau Gwent by closing all our sixth forms and moving students to a state-of-the-art campus on the former steelworks site in Ebbw Vale. 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, which now gives students the option to study over 30 A-Level courses plus a wide range of vocational subjects.

“Well done to all the students on their achievements today - it is great to see their hard work pay off and we would like to wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”

Among the excellent results were three students excited to be going on to study Medicine.

18-year-old Benjamin Jefferies from Blaina scooped a profile of As in Chemistry, Maths and History, and an A* in Biology.  This impressive set of results has secured his place at the University of Birmingham where he’ll study Medicine.  “I’m so chuffed to get into my first choice uni,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my tutors, they’ve been incredible.”

Isabella Collins, 18, from Tredegar will also be going on to a future in Medicine.  The talented student secured a place at Oxford University with two A* grades in Pure Maths and Biology, and A grades in Physics and Chemistry. Isabella said: “I’m very happy and pleased that all my hard work paid off. I’m so excited to be going to Oxford!”

18-year-old Jack Caswell’s hard work at the Learning Zone in the last two years means he’s on track to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor.  Jack, from Tredegar, scooped As in Biology and History and a B in Chemistry.  He’s thrilled he’s got into medical school: “Medicine at St George’s College University in London was my first choice so I’m ecstatic to have got the grades I needed.  I’m on track to be the first doctor in my family – something we’re all really proud of – me, my family and my lectures, who have all been a great support for me throughout my studies.”

Twins Marie and Chloe Smothers came in to collect their results and were really please with their AAB profiles – although in different subjects.  The pair are very competitive but they’re nothing but pleased for one another and will both be studying in Cardiff from September – Marie to do Psychology and Chloe to do Law.  “We’re really excited to be going to Cardiff, we’ve had a great time at the Learning Zone, it’s prepared us really well for the next step at university.”

18 year old Bronwyn Davies from Manmoel is thrilled to have bagged her place at the prestigious Queen Marys University in London to study Drama.  Bronwyn, who would eventually like to be an actress with the National Theatre, bagged an A in drama, a B in English and a B in geography.  As well as her own hard work, she puts the achievements of the last two years partly down to her tutors:  “They’re really helped me to get where I’m going – the teachers are the best; truly inspirational!”

At Crosskeys Campus, students were also celebrating their fantastic grades.

Jack Mainwaring, 18 from Blackwood attained a truly astounding 5A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Welsh, securing his place at the prestigious Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. He said: “I loved everything about College, my teachers were brilliant, and I enjoyed every lesson.”

Success was the best medicine for Libby Goodenough, 18 from Blackwood, who notched up an impressive 3 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and an A in Physics. Libby will now be going on to study Medicine at Birmingham University. She said: “I’ve done so much better than I expected – I think I’m happiest person alive!” 

Sean Davies, 18 from Newbridge is also surprised and pleased with his trio of A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. He is delighted that his stellar grades will enable him to now study Physics at Imperial College London. “I wasn’t expecting those grades so as you can imagine I’m pretty happy!”  

Olivia De Sousa Costa, 18 from Abersychan, racked up 3 A* grades in Biology Chemistry Maths and an A grade in Physics and will be studying Natural Science at Bath University. Speaking about results, she said: I’m really happy and very pleased with my grades.”

With a trio of A grades in Welsh, English Literature and Psychology, Abbie Stark, 18 from Blackwood, is on her way to Cardiff University to study Psychology. She said: “I am in complete shock; I’m really pleased with what I have accomplished as I worked really hard.”

Isobel Ford, 18 from Blackwood is overwhelmed by her two A* grades in English Literature, Government Politics, an A grade in Welsh and a B in History. Her great grades mean she will be going on to study English Literature at Cardiff University. She said: It’s absolutely amazing, I’m in a state of shock!”

A total number of 1,260 Coleg Gwent A and AS Level students collected their results across the college.

See all the action from A Level results day in Coleg Gwent's Flickr gallery or read our Twitter and Facebook updates.

News article originally published 14th August 2014
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