In a tremendous year of results Castell Alun High School has not only seen its students accept a record number of places on traditional top Oxford and Russell Group University courses, but also had a number of hard-working, gifted young adults achieve places on highly acclaimed diverse niche courses around Great Britain.
Headteacher, Mr Graham Hughes, remarked, “This is a fantastic achievement for all concerned with Castell Alun. We are delighted for all our students. Our Sixth Form continues to flourish and we are truly indebted to all parents and staff who have tirelessly supported these young people in achieving such great results. We wish every student continued success and happiness as they move on to pursue their chosen careers.
In a bumper year, a quarter of all grades awarded were at A or A*. Furthermore, from a truly comprehensive open Sixth Form intake, nearly half of all grades were awarded at A* – B. 76% of all students secured 3 or more A*- C grade passes with 83% of all students achieving 3 or more grades at A* – E. The Castell Alun Sixth Form is now bursting at the seams and results such as these mean that the projected population of this group will be well in excess of 300 in September 2017.
Castell Alun proudly announced the successes of every student in the cohort. Dan Goldsmith (3 A*), Sam Hughes (2 A*, 1 A), Ryan Davies (2A*, 1 A) and Adam Walker (2 A* , 1 A) were amongst the highest performers from a host of students who achieved their dreams. Indeed, included within his wonderful haul of 3A* grades, Dan Goldsmith even achieved an incredible full marks on at least 2 of his papers, and will now go to Imperial College London to read Geophysics. Adam Walker’s spectacular performance has allowed him to accept a place at Lincoln College, Oxford to read Chemistry.
Callum Riordan, having moved from Australia with the hope of studying Sport and Exercise Science at Britain’s most prestigious Sport University, fulfilled his dream as his efforts secured him a place at Loughborough University. Castell Alun sent students the length and breadth of Britain, with Rachel Barren (4 A grades) taking up a place at St. Andrews to read Chemistry and Physics. Bradley Butcher and Millie Gore have accepted places to read Motorsport Technology at Oxford Brookes University and International Fashion Promotion at Manchester Metropolitan University respectively, again the country’s leading courses for their specialism.
Even before sitting any A level examination papers, an unbelievable 28 Castell Alun students had already accepted unconditional offers for Russell Group or Sutton Thirty universities as a direct result of their impressive applications and interviews.
Castell Alun students gained a stunning 94% pass rate at Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level. Students were beaming with joy as they emerged from the school to call parents and friends and inform them of their successes across all subjects, having now realised their dreams of taking up places at various universities, attending other higher education establishments or having secured the employment of their choice.
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