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Record year for GCSE results in Swansea

GCSE students in Swansea have outstripped their peers across Wales with more of them than ever celebrating the top A* and A results.

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The summer 2016 GCSE exam results are the best-ever results for Swansea.

The figures show 23.6% of city pupils gained A* and A grades in their exams, which compares very well to 19.4% of those in Wales as a whole.

Swansea GCSE students also surpassed the Welsh average in terms of the number of them gaining the higher grades. The figures show 72.7% of entrants here scored A* to C grades, well above the comparable figure for all-Wales for 2016 of 66.6%.

Jen Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "These are brilliant results and I want to congratulate pupils, parents and schools. Their effort is really paying off well.

"As a council we work really hard alongside teachers, schools and pupils to ensure they have the tools to do the job. We encourage the targeting of resources to where they're needed and sharing best practice among our secondary schools.

"We believe the journey to success stories like the ones we see today starts much sooner than secondary school, however. That's why we also support secondary school to work with their feeder primary schools so that pupils are supported to fulfil their potential right through their school careers."

According to the statistics published yesterday, more than 90% of students in Swansea a total of 99.0% of GCSE examination entries in Swansea were passed (grades A* to G), and tops the Welsh pass rate for 2016 of 97.3%.

In Swansea, a total of 18,122 full-course GCSE entries in summer 2016 were made in 64 different subject/syllabuses. In addition, there were 2,257 entries in 13 different subjects for GCSE short courses.

In no fewer than 44 of the different subjects/syllabuses, all entrants from Swansea schools achieved grades A* to G - a 100% pass rate. A pass rate of 90% or better was also recorded for all other subjects.

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