THERE were no dramas at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive as pupils and staff enjoyed A-level examination success in the last days before becoming the co-educational Pencoedtre High.

Barry’s Bryn Hafren sixth form pupils celebrating another successful year with 98 per cent of pupils achieving the level three threshold of two A-levels.

The number of pupils achieving the top A* and A grades has increased again for the third consecutive year.

And the performing arts department recorded its best grades in the school’s history while other pupils inspired with their personal growth and inspirational determination.

Head girl, Kate Robert achieved A grades in history and Spanish, with a C in maths and a place at Cardiff University to study a Spanish and politics degree.

The 18-year-old schoolgirl, of Barry, has overcome shyness to set herself up for a career as an interpreter.

“I’m really happy and surprised,” she said. “I only needed three Bs. It was really hard work, but it paid off. I’m just glad I stayed here. It’s a great school.”

Shanjidah Ahmed, 18, of Barry, achieved an A for art, a B for maths, and a C for chemistry, but revealed she had no intention to leave and was becoming a member of staff.

Miss Ahmed has secured a full-time job as a science technician in Pencoedtre High.

“They had a job so I applied for it,” she said. “My results are amazing. It’s hard work, but the teachers helped out when I was unsure and didn’t know myself.”

Staff said the pupils’ achievements reflected their hard work, commitment, resilience and determination to succeed.

KS5 learning manager, Lisa Honeywell said she was very pleased with the university places gained by the pupils.

She said: “Once again every pupil that wanted to go to university has secured a place studying a wide range of subjects including journalism, product design, illustration, sociology, psychology, education studies, drama, dance and nursing.”

Carys Slack achieved 2A*, 2A & 1B and will study history at Cardiff University alongside head girl Kate Roberts who also study in the city.

Head boy Joshua Evans achieved a 2As, a double distinction star, and a B and will study civil engineering.

Creative students experienced success with an array of distinction star and distinction grades including Elinor Howe with 3D* and 2D in dance, performing arts and sport.

She will study dance at USW.

Head teacher Tyrone Davies said: “I am very proud to be associated with this year’s students and was once again pleased that students from Barry could compete with students from all over the country.”