Gwynedd GCSE results 2017

Date: 24/08/2017

Gwynedd Council has congratulated the county’s pupils on this year’s excellent GCSE results. Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said:

"These results are very good; the pupils are to be warmly congratulated. We want to see every pupil succeeding. I would like to thank the teachers for their hard work throughout the year.”

Congratulating the pupils on their success, Garem Jackson, Head of Education for Cyngor Gwynedd said:

“GCSE results are very good this year and reflect the commitment of our young people. Many congratulations to them for their hard work and success.

“It is pleasing to report that the percentage achieving grades A*- G [98.5%] is very good and significantly higher than the national average of 96.9%. This reflects the emphasis placed in our schools on inclusion, equal opportunity and the success of pupils as individuals.

 “The percentage gaining grades A*- C [65.9%] is higher than the figure for Wales [62.8%]. The figure for A* or A grades [21.3%] is also higher than the figure for Wales [17.9%]. We can be very proud of these results.”

Whilst noting the need for caution when dealing with statistics, especially in subjects where the number of candidates is often small, Garem Jackson referred to the performance in some individual subjects.

He added: "The results are good in a number of subjects. However, the number of entries and the A*-C percentage is good in Welsh, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, History, Music and Physical Education.

“There have been significant changes to the arrangements in subjects such as English Language, Mathematics and Mathematics–Numeracy, and the national results are lower this year. However, I am very pleased that the results for Gwynedd in these subjects are between 3% and 5% better than the national results.

“It is also pleasing to note that many of our young people have been very successful in vocational subjects."