Changes to GCSE results day as Cardiff celebrates city-wide success stories

This year GCSE results have changed following new Welsh Government guidance issued to all Welsh Local Authorities.

The changes, which include the removal of the publication of the Level 2+ and Level 1 thresholds, and the introduction of an interim set of performance measures, will help to bring about changes needed to support the new curriculum, which will be taught from 2022.

Cardiff Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said:"This is an exciting time for education, with ambitious national reforms in curriculum and additional learning needs underway. Our aim is for every child and young person to reach their potential, and to develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

"Education is a key priority for Cardiff and the commitment to improving education has had a significant impact. In the autumn we will be re-setting our collective vision for education in Cardiff;‘Cardiff 2030'making it fit for Wales and Cardiff for the future. 

"This together with Cardiff'sChild Friendly City Strategy which puts young people at the heart of decision making, strengthens our commitment to make Cardiff a city which respects the voices, needs and rights of all children and young people."

 Over 3,120 students from across Cardiff collected their GCSE results today, with success stories emerging from every part of the city.

Some good news stories from across the city include:


Cantonian High School:

An excellent set of GCSE results for the school and a Capped 9 Points Score of 382.

Jack Lovell has autism and although he found the exam period stressful at times he achieved top grades in all of his GCSE's including one A*, four A's and four B's.

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Radyr High School:

The school performed well with a Capped 9 Points Score of 400.

Sophie Thomas, Lily Terry and Ruby Richardson all achieved a staggering 13 A*s along with a distinction in Additional Maths.

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Llanishen High School

Great results for the school and a Capped 9 Points Score of 388.6.

Caitlin Shepherd and Lewis Vaughan secured 15 A*/A and Chidi Anagu, Olivia Camilleri, Bethan John, Sophie Mills, Scott Owen and Charlie Player all achieved 14 at A*/A grade.

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Ysgol Plasmawr

Year 11 pupils have performed welland the Capped 9 Points Score for the school is 394.

Millie-Mae Adams, Beca Davies, Sophie Davies, Beca Evans, Greta Evans, Manon Hammond, Daniel Howes, Ffion Humphreys, Megan Jones, Ioan Llywelyn, Heledd Powell, Rhianydd Preest, Manon Roberts and Ffion Thompson have all attained a remarkable 9 or more A* grades.

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Cardiff West Community High School

Celebratingthe second set of GCSE results for the school and the very first in its brand new building.

Top grades were achieved by Alicia Carpin, Logan Hurrell and Cameron Shaw.

Djainizio Brito also came to the county in October last year after growing up in the Netherlands and having spent a further two years in Cape Verde - he achieved 6 GCSE's above C and will return to the school for sixth form.

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Mary Immaculate

Pupils and staff at Mary Immaculate High School are celebrating some notable GCSE successes across the school, including Tayyab Gehlan who achieved an exceptional 9A*'s and 2A's and Ana Chirila who achieved an astonishing 7A*'s and 2A's.


Whitchurch High School

The school's Capped 9 Points Score of 384.7 indicates that the students performed strongly across a range of subjects.

Pupils Jessica Bright, Hannah Louden, Carys Palmer, Abbie Woodhall, Marika Slusarczyk, Megan Friedli, Mari Leonard, Rose Cooper, Caitlin James, Lucy Parry, Rosa Mayer all achieved an impressive 10 A* or more.

The school is also extremely proud of the overall performance of the students in our Specialist Resource Base.

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Ysgol Glantaf
The school is once again extremely pleased that the year 11 cohort has fulfilled their potential and the Capped 9 Points Score for the school is 391.9.

There are many individual successes, including three pupils who achieved 14 A* and three pupils who achieved 13 A* grades.

Cllr Merry added: "GCSE results day is a rite of passage in the lives of many young people, marking the end of several years of hard work and representing the start of new, exciting opportunities ahead.

"Congratulations to all those who have collected their results today. I am delighted to hear of so many great accomplishments across the city and I would like to wish all the students every success as they move onto further education, employment or training."