Celebrating another year of outstanding A level and vocational results at The College Merthyr Tydfil
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There were congratulations all around this morning as staff and learners at The College Merthyr Tydfil celebrated their best ever A level and vocational results.
Not only has the college surpassed previous year outcomes to achieve an overall A level pass rate (A*-E) of 100% but we have also successfully improved our grade outcomes. The number of learners achieving grades A*grades has increased by 5% from last year whilst the number of learners achieving A*-A grades has also increased by 5% showcasing our commitment to continually improve and raise the quality of teaching and learning and provide an outstanding learning experience for all. 82% of our learners earned A*-C grades, a rise of 6% in comparison to the 2019 A*-C pass rate.
In addition the college has also attained a 92% AS pass rate, with the number of learners achieving and A-C pass rate up by 1% from 65% in 2019 to 66% in 2020.
Vocational learners have also performed exceptionally well in their academic studies, with a record number of top grades being awarded across the board.
Lisa Thomas, Principal commented: “We are delighted that the college has exceeded its already high standards with another hugely successful set of both A Level and vocational results. Not only have we achieved a fantastic 100% overall A*-E A level pass rate, but we have also achieved our highest ever percentage of A*-A passes. I am so proud of each and every one of our learners and the resilience and commitment they have shown. These last few months have been incredibly challenging for them all as they have had to get used to a new way of working remotely - yet, despite this, they have all worked the hardest they possibly can to achieve these exceptional outcomes. I wish them all the very best for their future”
The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, was present at the college to witness the jubilant scenes as learners received their results.
One of the learners eagerly awaiting their results was Annabelle Dennis. Annabelle, a former Aberdare Community School pupil, successfully achieved an A in English Literature, A* in Government & Politics, A* in History and an A* in Sociology securing her a place to study at Oxford University, Mansfield College to read English Language and Literature.
Another of the college’s top performing learners was Ian Williams. Ian achieved an A in Computer Science, A* in Maths, A* in Further Maths and A* in Physics. Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Ian is now looking forward to progressing on to study Physics at University.
Speaking to the Education Minister, Ian Commented “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college. My tutors have gone above and beyond to ensure I succeed, supporting me academically and by showing a true interest in me as a person.”
Celebrating alongside Ian was Morgan Rees, former Rhydywaun pupil and Archie Williams, former Cyfarthfa High School pupil. Morgan achieved 3 A’s in Biology, Chemistry, and Further Mathematics. Archie achieved an A* in Further Maths, a B in Physics and a Distinction star in Engineering. Archie, also who was one of the college’s first ever cohort of learners to be awarded the Panasonic Trust Future Engineers Award, is planning to go on to study Civil Engineering at University.
Science and Engineering tutor, Martin Thomas, commented “I am so pleased for Ian, Morgan and Archie. They have worked really hard and thoroughly deserve these excellent results. I wish them all the very best for their future.”
Other Royal Academy of Engineering and Panasonic Trust Future Engineers Awardees celebrating their results included Charlie Austen, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School pupil, Thomas Bowditch, former Penydre High School pupil and Luke Protheroe, former Afon Taf High School pupil. Thomas successfully achieved a B in Design and Technology and a C in Physics enabling him to now progress on to university.
Amongst the college’s science high flyers was Fatima Hammed. Fatima achieved an A* in Biology, A in Physics, A in Maths and a B in Chemistry. The former Aberdare Community School pupil is now looking forward to taking a gap year before progressing on to University.
Alongside volunteering on the college’s learner assembly and being a proactive ‘Learner Ambassador’ for the college, Chemistry enthusiast and past Cyfarthfa High School pupil Thomas John, is celebrating after achieving 3 As in Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science. Thomas will now progress on to study Chemistry at York University.
Commenting on his results, Thomas, who has overcome significant challenges this year, stated “I am so happy with my results. Staff at the college go above and beyond to help you succeed. The vast amount of support I have received has enabled me to develop both academically and personally.”
Lois Mullins, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School learner achieved an A in Biology, A* in Maths and an A in Further Maths, enabling her to progress successfully on to study Maths at Bath University.
Past Afon Taf High School pupil, Emily Steed, achieved a B in Biology, B in Mathematics and a C in Chemistry.
Humanities learners performed exceptionally well across the board. Caitlin Foley, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School pupil achieved an A* in English Language and Literature, an A in Geography, A in History and an A in Religious Studies, enabling her to progress successfully on to university.
Speaking to ITV Wales, Caitlin commented “The best part about college for me was the teachers. They were supportive when I first arrived in college during the transition from GCSEs and school to A levels and college. Their lessons were enjoyable, informative and I always felt that my teachers were motivating to help students get the best grades possible. On the whole, the tutors genuinely care about the students.”
Other History learners also celebrating their results included former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Mia Evans who achieved an A* in History, A* in Religious Studies and an A* in Government and Politics.
For the fourth year running, Psychology and Sociology learners have achieved a fantastic profile of results.
Psychology learners recorded a 100% A*-D pass rate with 86% of learners (38 out of a cohort of 44 learners) achieving an A*-C. Amongst those Psychology learners celebrating, Navraj Singh achieved an A* in English Literature, A* in Psychology and an A in Geography and will now progress on to study Psychology at Bristol University. Gabrielle Walker also achieved an A* in Psychology, A* in Law and a B in History.
Alex Moody achieved an A in Psychology, A* in History and an A* in Government and Politics. Former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School pupil Alex is now hoping to get into Cambridge via adjustment today.
Nine Sociology learners achieved an A* grade with a further 6 learners achieving an A grade. Seren Griffiths achieved an A* in Sociology and a B in Psychology. Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Holly Jones achieved an A* in Sociology B in Business. Past Afon Taf High School pupil Joseph Baker achieved an A* in Sociology and an A in History and former Cyfarthfa High School pupil John Busani achieved an A in Sociology, A in English Literature and a B in Psychology.
Former Penydre High School pupil Emily Leese-Griffiths achieved a B in Sociology, B in Psychology and a B in History.
Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Heidi Jehu achieved an A* in Sociology, an A in Business and a D* in IT.
Commenting on her results, Heidi stated “The thing that I most enjoyed about my time at the college is that the tutors treat you with respect and not just as their students. They help with any issues both academic and non-academic related. I found it to be a welcoming environment which made my past 2 years of education very enjoyable.”
Celebrating alongside Heidi were Business students David Williams and Tom Bush. David, a former Cyfarthfa High School pupil achieved an A in Law and A in Maths and an A in Business. Tom, also a former Cyfarthfa High School pupil achieved an A in Business, B in Psychology, B in Geography and a Distinction star in IT.
A level Art and Design learners achieved an outstanding 100% A*-C pass rate with learners Carla Freitas, Mia Evans and Jasmine Senior all achieving A grades. Photography learners also achieved a set of excellent results. Martha Thickett achieved an A* to go alongside her A* in Sociology, A* in English Literature and B in Art and Design.
The college achieved excellent vocational outcomes with many learners achieving the highest possible D*D*D* grades.
Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil, Bridey Connolly successfully achieved D*D*D* in her BTEC Business course providing her with the points she needs to successfully progress on to university. Also celebrating with Bridey was Lyvia Jehu who achieved a D*D*D* in her BTEC Applied Science course. Lyvia will now progress on to study Psychology at Cardiff University.
To cap off two years’ hard work, that has included amongst other things, representing the college as a Student ambassador, former Brecon High School pupil Lewis Palmer successfully achieved a D*D* in his BTEC Level 3 Public Services course.
Engineering learners achieved some fantastic results with a number of learners achieving Distinction stars across the board. Troy Reynolds and Fabian Skrzypiec both achieved a D*. Troy will now progress on to study Engineering at Swansea University and Fabian is going on to an apprenticeship at JCAC.
Simon Evans, Director of Data and Performance, commented “This is the seventh year on the run that our A level and vocational learners have achieved outstanding academic results. Year on year we are continually improving upon our results and outcomes, achieving a higher percentage of A*-A grades and A*-C grades and a higher number of Distinction Stars across our vocational courses. This continual upward trend in outcomes reflects the high quality and inspirational teaching and learning
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