Parents and students were thrilled with Castell Alun’s exceptional GCSE results this summer. For the first time ever, the higher grade pass rates in English Language and Mathematics were both in excess of 80%, with well over three quarters of all students at Castell Alun achieved the national benchmark of five A* – C GCSE grades including higher grade passes in English and Maths. Perhaps even more striking for this mixed ability cohort however was the fact that 55 students gained an amazing five or more A or A* grades that included English and Maths. Furthermore, serving only to endorse the school’s unswerving vision and commitment to truly comprehensive education, 95% of the entire Year 11 group claimed at least 5 higher grade passes. In addition to all this, 95% of all students were also awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma.
Successes of all students were celebrated early on Thursday morning. At the very pinnacle of academic performance were Hannah and Lucy, who both achieved a whopping haul of 11 A* grades. Both Darcy and Abigail scored 9A* grades, very closely followed by Jamie, Beth, Aidan, Chloe, Simon and Bethany. A further 7 students achieved at least 5A* grades including Eleanor, Kathryn, Charlotte, Sam, Naomi, Richard, and Sam each adding a high number of A grades to their totals also.
The Castell Alun community recently mourned the loss of a quite exceptional man, the Chair of Governors, Cllr. Tom Jones. Cllr. Jones led the governing body of the school for over 40 years and was passionate about getting the very best possible for every single boy and girl in the comprehensive sector of state education. He was, without doubt, a man whose influence was beyond measure on all who knew him. The school wishes to dedicate this wonderful set of results for students of all abilities and backgrounds to his memory.
Headteacher, Graham Hughes, commented, “The Castell Alun team is proud of each and every one of our young people. I would like to thank all parents, along with teaching and support staff who have worked incredibly hard to provide our students with guidance and encouragement and the best possible learning opportunities. In the 12 years I’ve been at Castell Alun, we’ve never had such an exceptional set of results. As well as academic success, we’ve got around 20 Year 11 students who are set up with great apprenticeships this year. We’re a school that’s always looking for continuous improvement and we do this by making sure that every individual student gets exactly what they need for their future. This was Cllr Jones’ philosophy too and I know he’d be over the moon this year”.
Student Development Manager for the Year 11 cohort, Mr Neil Eve, added, “We are really pleased for our students. Hard work has paid off and it was such a pleasure to see the smiles on their faces on Thursday morning. They’ve enjoyed school life to the full over the last five years and these results have really put the icing on the cake. We wish them well and will welcome the vast majority back in September to join our Sixth Form.”