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 university courses, but also had a number of hard-working, gifted young adults achieve places on highly acclaimed diverse niche courses around Great Britain.
In a bumper year, nearly a quarter of all grades awarded were at A or A*. Furthermore, from a truly comprehensive open Sixth Form intake, half of all grades were awarded at A* – B. 80% of all students secured 3 or more A*- C grade passes with nearly all students achieving 3 or more grades at A* – E.
The Castell Alun Sixth Form will once again be a force to be reckoned with next year, with exceptionally strong outcomes anticipated at GCSE and massive interest shown from students in other schools.
Castell Alun proudly announced the successes of every student in the cohort. Darcy de Winter, Jamie Williams and Aidan Young each achieved 3A* grades, along with a raft of further top grades. Darcy and Jamie are now set for Durham University to read Social Sciences and Physics with Astronomy respectively. Emily Holden (2 A*, 1 A) has accepted a place at Edinburgh University to read Medicine and Lucy Norris (also 2A*, 1A) will attend Liverpool University to study Veterinary Science. Amongst a host of other high performers was Cari Davies, who secured her dream place on the Dentistry Course at Leeds University, with a haul of 4 straight A grades.
Furthermore, Neve Reynolds has accepted a place at Norland College, the country’s leading course for her specialism in Early Years Development and Learning. In addition, Daniel Clays achieved 2 Distinction * grades in Sport and will now read Sport and Exercise Science at Chester University, whilst continuing to fence for the Wales national team in the pursuit of his goal to become an Olympian. A further story of local interest was that twins, Anna and Richard Morris, both scored incredibly well to secure places on the same Engineering course at Oxford Brookes University.
Breaking all regional and potentially national records also, Tom Lloyd did not drop a single UMS point on any paper of his 4 A/S level qualification examination papers this summer. When ratified nationally, it is believed that this could be one of the greatest achievements ever by a student in Wales.
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.
Even before sitting any A level examination papers, an unbelievable 26 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 98% 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.