Swansea A-Level students have been congratulated after some impressive results, with an incredible overall pass rate of 97.6%.
That percentage is above the Welsh average and the Swansea results in 2018 are up on 2017 with 1.6% more results being the top A*-A grades.
Labour Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: “I’m delighted that the hard work of students and their teachers has paid off with another great set of results.
“Education is a top priority for Swansea Council and we are making a significant investment in supporting schools to raise attainment, including millions of pounds being spent on school maintenance and improvements.
“I would like to congratulate our students, their parents, their schools and of course the excellent dedicated teachers we have here in Swansea.
“Many students will now be embarking on exciting new chapters in their lives and I wish them well for whatever they decide to do next.”
In all, 26.0% (24.4% in 2017) of Swansea entrants gained an A* or A grade compared to 26.3% for all Wales. In Swansea, 8.2% (7.5% in 2017) of students attained grade A* compared to 8.7% for Wales. The overall pass rate of 97.6% in Swansea is better than the 97.4% for Wales.
Maths is recognised as one of the toughest of the A-Level exams, but in Swansea no fewer than 42.8% of the 145 entries got the top grades of A* or A with 78.6% attaining a C grade or above. These are incredible results.
Further mathematics had a 100% pass rate with 95.5% attaining grades A*-C and 54.5% with the top A*-A grades.
1117 different entries were made for A level with the WJEC this year in 43 different subjects.
Swansea results quoted refer only to WJEC examinations used by Swansea schools, and do not include results for other awarding bodies nor for Gower College Swansea.