Pen y Dre High School has registered some outstanding results for their class of 2019 Year 11 cohort, with 100% of our pupils achieving the GCSE grades needed to enter the world of work, training or further education.
We are thrilled with the achievement of our pupils, and want to thank parents, staff and governors for their support. All pupils achieved the grades needed for progression, and we were delighted to have achieved our target score for the new Capped Nine performance measure (the best nine GCSEs). Our curriculum is broad and balanced, and coupled with excellent standards in behaviour and wellbeing, we can offer a vast number of opportunities for pupils to explore different interests and talents.
We are particularly keen to celebrate all of our pupils, as each pupil at Pen y Dre is unique and of equal value to us. For example, amongst our range of results we were pleased to learn that Alex Barry had achieved 13 GCSE A*-C grades, Keira Jones 14 A*-C grades, Taryn Withers 11 A*-C grades, Rhys Hicks 13 A*-C grades, Shay Mullin 13 A*-C grades, Tobey Williams 14 A*-C grades, Kaitlin Sutton 12 A-C grades and Connor Price 10 B-C grades.
Behind every set of results, of course, is a fantastic young man or woman with a particular story to tell, representing the school and area with great distinction. For example, Taryn not only achieved very highly in an academic context, she also raised over £4000.00 to fund a trip to Tanzania over the summer to support charitable work. Some of our Yr 11 pupils also achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award over the summer. A number of our pupils overcame close family bereavement in order to complete their studies and record excellent results. We are so very proud of them all.
As an award winning high school we would expect our pupils to achieve their potential, and there were some strong performances in the new core measures of Literacy (GCSE English Lang/lit), Mathematics (GCSE mathematics/ numeracy) and science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics). Our foundation subjects excelled again with subject areas recording a higher number of top A*/ A grades; for example pupils studying GCSE Art, GCSE Religious Education and GCSE Welsh recorded an incredible 41 A* or A grades between them.
It was also really pleasing to see the performance of our alumni, with former Pen y Dre pupils achieving the excellent Advanced Level grades needed to start as undergraduates in fields as varied as Chemical Engineering and Veterinary Medicine. We wish all our former the pupils the very best.