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GCSE students more than make the grade in Swansea

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


Despite a fall in grades nationally, results in Swansea have held up well with the main subject indicators all being above the Welsh average.  

The figures show 21.5% of city pupils gained A* and A grades in their WJEC exams, which compares very well to 17.9% of those in Wales as a whole.

More than 80% of students achieved the higher grades of A* to C in 27 different subjects.

Meanwhile, the top grades of A* and A were awarded to over a third of all entrants in 15 subjects.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Life-Long Learning, said: "I'm delighted that the hard work and effort put in by pupils and their teachers in Swansea has paid off and many students are celebrating excellent results today.

"It is particularly pleasing to see a strong set of results in the core subjects including Maths, English and Welsh.

"Swansea Council is determined that all pupils have the best possible opportunities to reach their full potential and the work to encourage the targeting of resources to where they're needed and sharing best practice among our secondary schools is clearly paying off."

A total of 97.6% of GCSE examination entries in Swansea were passed (grades A* to G), and tops the Welsh pass rate for 2017 of 96.9%.

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 66.8% of entrants here scored A* to C grades, well above the comparable figure for all-Wales for 2017 of 62.8%.

In Swansea, a total of 22,008 WJEC full course GCSE entries in summer 2017 were made in 64 different subject/syllabuses.

In no fewer than 43 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.

In the key core subjects of Welsh First Language, English Language and Mathematics, the Swansea overall results are also well above the national results.

For Welsh First Language, the Swansea results were A*-A 16.0%, A*-C 81.9% and A*-G 100.0%. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2017 for Welsh First Language are 14.6%, 72.0% and 99.7%.

For Mathematics, the Swansea results were A*-A 14.3%, A*-C 51.0% and A*-G 92.3%. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2017 for Maths are 10.3%, 46.1% and 91.7%.

For the new Mathematics-Numeracy examination, which has results in 2017 for the first time, the Swansea results were A*-A 12.7%, A*-C 47.5% and A*-G 92.6%. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2017 for Numeracy are 10.1%, 46.2% and 91.1%.

For English Language, the Swansea results were A*-A 14.6%, A*-C 64.1% and A*-G 99.1%. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2017 for English are 10.6%, 57.7% and 98.3%.

For English Literature, the Swansea results were A*-A 32.8%, A*-C 86.8% and A*-G 99.9%. The equivalent all-Wales figures for 2017 for English Literature are 22.8%.

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