The provisional results from Blaenau Gwent schools show steady progress is continuing to be made in raising standards at key stage 4.
The headline indicator of the proportion of students achieving 5 A* - C grades including Maths and English has achieved 50% (provisional results only).
Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Thomas, said:
“It is pleasing to congratulate our young people who have achieved at this time of year and 2016 is no exception. For the Council one vital aspect this year was to prove resilience and to show that last year’s major improvement to 47% which helped see the Council move out of special measures was not a ‘one off’.
“These results have evidenced that this is the case and that improvement is clearly on an upward trajectory most notably shown in the performance of individual schools, for example in Brynmawr Foundation School results for the headline measure improved by 15 percentage points on last year to 64.3% which equates to our best ever GCSE results. Good improvement has also been seen in Abertillery Secondary School and in Tredegar Comprehensive School. We now need to continue this improvement to ensure that all of our learners have the best chance in life.”
Stephen Gillingham, Corporate Lead Director at the Council said:
“It is encouraging to see standards for our young people continue to improve and I congratulate those schools who have demonstrated continued improvement. We have high expectations of our schools and young people of Blaenau Gwent and look forward to reporting continued improvement in the years ahead.”
Lynette Jones, Corporate Director for Education added:
“Our school leaders are working hard to improve standards in Blaenau Gwent and this year’s results continue to demonstrate this. The Council is also working hard with schools and the school improvement service to improve standards further and the range of measures put in place to lift performance are clearly helping to achieve this.
It is recognised that standards continue to improve but it is also recognised that there is still more work to be done so that every pupil achieves all they are capable of in all our learning settings in Blaenau Gwent. The Council will continue to work with our school improvement partners and schools to achieve this level, in every school.”
Councillor Keren Bender, Executive Member for Education added:
“I congratulate all our learners who achieved well this year, their hard work cannot be underestimated. I also congratulate those schools, their leaders and staff who have helped increase pupil achievement significantly. There is more work to be done and we will collectively continue to work together to achieve this in every school. I am confident that we now have the resilience to continue to build on Blaenau Gwent’s overall improvement in future years.”