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Top marks for city's GCSE pupils

GCSE students in Swansea are today celebrating results which are well above those for Wales as a whole.



The figures show 27.9% of city pupils gained A* and A grades in their WJEC subjects, which is significantly better than the 25.1% for those in Wales as a whole.

More than 70% of students achieved the higher grades of A* to C in 31 of the 38 different subjects.

Meanwhile, the top grades of A* and A were awarded to over a third of all entrants in 17 subjects.

A total of 97.9% of GCSE subject entries in Swansea were passed (grades A* to G), and tops the Welsh pass rate for 2022 of 97.3%.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Robert Smith, said: "I'm delighted that so many pupils have done so well and that their hard work and the work of our schools and teachers has been rewarded.

"Sadly during the last two years pupils, their families, and our schools have faced significant disruption which make their achievements today even more special.

"I'd congratulate all students, not just those taking GCSEs, but also our young people taking alternative options offered in many of our schools that lead to important qualifications.

"There are lots of paths now open to young people in Swansea whether it is continuing school or college, training or apprenticeships or going onto employment. I wish all our pupils the very best for their futures whatever they decide to do."

Swansea GCSE students also surpassed their counterparts in terms of the number of them gaining the higher grades in full course subjects. The figures show 72.5% of entrants here scored A* to C grades, well above the comparable figure for all-Wales for 2022 of 68.6%.

In Swansea, a total of 22,255 WJEC full course GCSE entries in summer 2022 were made in 38 different subjects/syllabuses.

In no fewer than 17 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 full-course subjects.

In the key core subjects of Welsh First Language, English Language and Mathematics, the Swansea overall results compare very well to the national results.