27 August 2009>
Provisional WJEC examination board results for Caerphilly CBC schools show an improvement in the percentage of passes at A* to C to 61.1%, from 60.8% in 2008. This consolidates the significant gains made last year and is the best performance to date.
The overall pass rate of 97.9 per cent (grades A* to G) is approximately in line with last year's performance, falling by 0.4 percentage points. Similarly the percentage of grades awarded at either A* or A remained stable at 16.8% maintaining the considerable gains made in 2008.
Additionally, the percentage of young people who achieved 5 passes at A*-C across all GCSE examination boards was 51.1%, up from 50.9% in 2008.
The grades achieved in Caerphilly this year show a degree of consistency in comparison with last year and reflect the national trend.
These results are for GCSE examinations only and do not yet take into account the outcomes of a broad range of vocational pathways that have been followed by the young people of Caerphilly. When these are included in the new Level 1 and Level 2 threshold indicators, which will be published in October, further gains are expected.
The Director of Education Sandra Aspinall said "This year's results consolidate the considerable progress made by Caerphilly's schools in 2008. They reflect both the dedication and abilities of our young people, and the commitment of teachers within our schools. They are also testimony to the authority's strategy to provide a wide range of curriculum options as part of the Learning Pathways 14-19 Agenda which we believe provides the most appropriate learning opportunities for all of our young people."
Cabinet member for the education Cllr Phil Bevan was keen to recognise the achievement of the pupils and their teachers. He said, "Our young people and their teachers deserve to be congratulated on their performance. The results are due to the hard work and abilities of our students and the commitment and dedication of the teachers of Caerphilly CBC."
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