More GCSE Students in Wales getting A* to A grades

23 August 2018, 12:53 | Updated: 23 August 2018, 13:01

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The number of students in Wales getting the top grades has increased since last year.

The proportion being awarded top grades at A*-A has increased from 17.9% last year to 18.5% this year.

Visiting West Monmouth School in Pontypool, Kirsty Williams said:

“I want to congratulate pupils who are receiving their results today and to thank the teachers who worked so tirelessly to deliver these new qualifications."

“Today marks a culture change for Science in Wales. Entries are up by 50%, with more pupils gaining A*-C and more achieving the very top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This shows the importance that both we and schools attach to this subject and I am confident that together we will continue to go from strength to strength, as we saw with last week’s A Level results.”


Last year the Education Secretary announced measures to discourage schools from entering thousands of pupils too early unless they were ready. This is borne out by this year’s results showing an overall decrease in the number of students entered before they have completed their full programme of study – otherwise known as early entry.


"Today’s results are, of course, only one part of a picture that will be pieced together in the autumn”, the Education Secretary continued.
“Early entry has had an impact on some of these results and that’s why the final picture will change. You only have to look at previous years where the autumn results have been several percentage points higher than the data published in the summer”