Celebrating the Successes of All
Castell Alun High School is delighted with the tremendous success of their sixth form students who have now accepted their places on university courses, taken up their chosen apprenticeships, achieved places on highly acclaimed, diverse, niche courses or gone directly into employment. All at the school are thrilled that around 93% of all students have been able to take up places at their first choice universities.
No fewer than 11 Castell Alun students achieved at least 3A* grades, a simply stunning performance. Amongst these students were Lilly Duggan, Elin Faragher, Stephanie Bull, Sarah Hughes, Jessica Spridgeon, Harvey Shearer, Amelie Turner and Liam Vernon. A wealth of students also scored 2A* grades in this amazing cohort of incredible young adults.
Callum Roden and Stephanie Flanagan were thrilled to take up their Higher Apprenticeships in Business Management with Airbus. Ayla Hughes and Abigail Evans will both go to Oxford to read Psychology and Music respectively. Abigail has already set herself up as a piano teacher in the local area and her students are in good hands with Abigail achieving 4 A* and 1 A grade.
Kieran Edwards is a most remarkable young man. He not only successfully did battle with Covid and all that the pandemic entailed, but also beat Leukaemia during his GCSEs and now looks forward to an Accountancy Apprenticeship, having secured excellent grades in his Sixth Form studies.
Harry Walker (3 A*) has accepted a place at Bath to read pharmacy, having transferred from a very successful Welsh first language setting to Castell Alun at the start of Sixth Form. Harry follows in his brother’s footsteps, who also studied Pharmacy at Cardiff, having achieved the highest grades at Castell Alun.
Ben Thomas, quite the entrepreneur, is already managing Director of his own IT company. Ben will now build on his skills and successes during a gap year and then read Computer Science at Lancaster University, having collected a selection of the very highest grades. Congratulations also go to Harry Richards and Sophie Williams won scholarships to Aberystwyth and Bangor to read Maths and History respectively.
Harvey Shearer is now likely to accept a place on the Theatre Production degree course at the Guildford School of Acting and proves once again the importance of following your passion, even when A level grades would give you access to many varied alternatives.
Nathan Wright is yet another student who is worthy of great admiration, having taken it upon himself to immerse himself in the culture of Japan and begin teaching himself Japanese in order to accept a place at Manchester reading Business and Japanese.
Headteacher, Mr Colin Ellis, remarked, “We cannot give sufficient credit to these hard-working, gifted, resilient young adults. Through sheer determination, they have overcome the challenge of perhaps the most demanding 3 year period in the recent history of education. We would like to thank the local community for their support and our primary schools for their contribution to this tremendous success.”
Sixth Form Leader, Asst. Head, Mr Kevin Davies, added, “Our Sixth Form continues to flourish and we are greatly indebted to all parents and staff who have tirelessly supported these young people in their wonderful achievements. Success, in all its forms, is always a team effort, and today has proved once again the value of hard-work, but also the need for the support of others, often through the most demanding of circumstances, whether in school or indeed at home. Neither must we forget the hard work and dedication of the staff in our primary schools, the bedrock of our school community, who had such a profound impact on our students during their earlier years. We wish every student continued success and happiness as they move on to pursue their chosen careers.”
The Castell Alun Sixth Form will once again be a force to be reckoned with next year, with exceptionally strong outcomes achieved throughout Years 12 and 13, and wonderful grades anticipated at GCSE.