Castell Alun has sent more students off to university this year than ever before. In a tremendous year of results the school has not only seen its students accept a record number of places on traditional top Oxford, Cambridge 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. Our Chair of Governors over the last 42 years, Councillor T. W. Jones passed away recently, so these results are a fitting tribute to his exceptional contribution to our school. He would be incredibly proud that a record number of our students are heading off to university this year.”
In a bumper year, over a quarter of all grades awarded were at A or A*. Furthermore, from a truly comprehensive open Sixth Form intake, 70% of all students secured 3 or more A*-C grade passes with every single student managing to achieve the national measure of ‘Level 3 Threshold’, equating to 2 or more A level passes or equivalent. The Castell Alun Sixth Form is now larger than ever and results such as these mean that the projected population of this group will be well in excess of 300 in September 2016.
Castell Alun proudly announced the successes of every student in the cohort. David, Luke, Erin and Michael were amongst the highest performers from a host of students who achieved their dreams. With a wonderful haul of 3A* and 1A grade David, who is also in the Great Britain Kayaking Squad, will now take up a place at Durham University to study Physics and Astronomy. Luke has accepted a place at Oxford to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Erin hopes to read Law at Cambridge. Michael intends to undertake a gap year and then apply to university, with his haul of straight A* and A grades.
Indeed, by May 2016, 17 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. Worthy of special mention also were the successes of Millie, James, Ceri and Kendal. Millie now becomes one of the first people in the country to take up a place on the Bakery and Confectionary Technology course in Birmingham, with James fulfilling his ambition of securing a place on the highly acclaimed Audio Acoustics course in Salford. Ceri’s excellent results see her accepting a place to read Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University and Kendal takes up a most prestigious apprenticeship with JCB.
Castell Alun students gained no less than a stunning 68 A-A* grade passes at Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level. The entry pass rate for the qualification was an incredible 100%. 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.