22 August 2008>
WJEC examination board results for Caerphilly CBC schools show significant improvements in both the important A* to C indicator and the broader A* to G indicator.
The overall pass rate of 98.3 per cent (grades A* to G) shows an increase of 0.9 percentage points from 2007.
There was also outstanding progress on the higher grades of A* to C with a pass rate 60.8%, an increase of 4.1 percentage points on 2007. This is the best performance to date and passes the 60% mark for the first time. This is a significant improvement that maintains a clear upward trend in performance that outpaced Wales as a whole.
Furthermore 17.0% of pupils attained A* or A grades, a 2.9 percentage points increase from 2008, an improvement which is again greater than the Wales improvement of 0.3 percentage points.
Additionally there was a significant increase on the percentage of pupils who achieved 5 good passes (A*-C) to 50.9%. This passed the 50% mark for the first time, and represents an increase of 3.9 percentage points from 2007.
The Director of Education David Hopkins said, "This year's results show significant improvements on all three indicators, from 2007. This demonstrates excellent progress for Caerphilly schools, and reflects both the dedication and abilities of our young people, and the commitment made by teachers within our schools. It reflects the authority's vision and commitment to provide a wide range of curriculum options for our students, which will enable further progress in standards in future years."
Cabinet member for the education Cllr Phil Bevan was eager to recognise the achievement of pupils and their teachers. He said, "Our young people and their teachers deserve to be congratulated on significantly raising the standards of achievement in Caerphilly county borough. This progress is due to the hard work and abilities of our students and the commitment and tireless efforts of the teachers of Caerphilly CBC. Together they have achieved outstanding success this year."
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