GCSE results day

Swansea GCSE results compare favourably to overall grades across Wales

Swansea Council’s Labour-led administration was celebrating as GCSE results were well above those for Wales as a whole.

Swansea has again held up well, with the main indicators all being above the averages for Wales, and most subjects showing results which are better than the national picture.

The figures show 21.2% of city pupils gained A* and A grades in their WJEC exams, which is significantly better than the 18.4% for those in Wales as a whole.

More than 75% of students achieved the higher grades of A* to C in 15 of the 44 different subjects.

Meanwhile, the top grades of A* and A were awarded to over a third of all entrants in 8 subjects.

A total of 97.5% of GCSE examination entries in Swansea were passed (grades A* to G), and tops the Welsh pass rate for 2019 of 97.2%.

Labour Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: “I visited Birchgrove School this morning and I was delighted to see so many happy faces among the pupils and their families and very proud staff.

“These results have been replicated across our schools and I would like to congratulate all our pupils and our teachers.

“I’m really pleased that the pupils have done so well, not just in the GCSEs, but also the wide range of options in many of our schools that lead to important qualifications and allow young people to go on and do what they want in the future.”

Swansea GCSE students also surpassed their counterparts in terms of the number of them gaining the higher grades in full course subjects. The figures show 66.8% of entrants here scored A* to C grades, well above the comparable figure for all-Wales for 2019 of 62.8%.

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