Bryn Hafren succeeds - gimme five.
4:02pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A BARRY comprehensive school was celebrating the power of five as almost 98% of its pupils grabbed the all-important A to C GCSE package.
Bryn Hafren girls earned what is considered to be the key number of exams necessary to automatically open further education and work opportunities – giving the school its best ever GCSE results.
Head teacher Phil Whitcombe said the achievements were down to the hard work of all pupils and staff, targets had been met and there had been significant improvements in English, maths and science, backing the UK trend.
Phil said: “It is astounding. I am going to have to retire soon because there’s no way I can repeat that total. I am thrilled for the children.
“If you’ve got your 5 GCSEs A to C you’ve got the keys to open doors and opportunities open up for you.
“We are looking forward to them coming back to the sixth form because they have done so well.”
All pupils gained a recognised qualification. Almost 94% of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at C grade or better – 16% more than those in 2012 and a rise of 53% in the last nine years. There was a rise of more than 8% in the number of pupils obtaining five GCSEs, including English and maths.
Pupils gaining maths, English and science qualifications rose by 4% and maths grades at C and above showed a 10% improvement while English improved by more than 14% and science more than 20%.