Reuben wows with five A stars

18 August 2011

Science student Reuben Maclean Quin was among hundreds of Neath Port Talbot college students celebrating exceptional exam grades in today’s A Level and National Diploma results.

Leighton Andrews AM (centre), with students (clockwise from top left) Reuben Maclean Quin, Lucia Davies, Halina Evans and Emily McAllister, who all celebrated exceptional results today

Leighton Andrews AM (centre), with students (clockwise from top left) Reuben Maclean Quin, Lucia Davies, Halina Evans and Emily McAllister, who all celebrated exceptional results today

Reuben achieved an amazing five A* grades in maths and science subjects at A Level, and is thought to have the best results in Wales. He will be taking up a place at Warwick University to study Physics. Other students were also celebrating excellent results: Emily McAllister had 3 A* grades and will study engineering at Oxford; Halina Evans had 2 A* and an A grade; Lucia Davies had A*, A and a B grade and will study at London School of economics.

But students across the college were celebrating, with the overall pass rate above 99 per cent. In 42 subjects out of the 46 offered by the college, students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate. In their A Levels, more than half managed A*, A or B grades, and more than three quarters got above a C.

And 55 students this year achieved an excellent outcome of triple distinction grades in the National Diploma qualifications. The Welsh Baccalaureate qualification saw 155 students achieving the Advanced Diploma, which is the equivalent to grade A at A Level.

Mark Dacey, Principal at NPTC, said he was delighted with the results. “These excellent results, which consistently show a 99 per cent pass rate year on year are a fitting reflection of the outstanding commitment and effort of both our students and staff,” he said.

Local MP Peter Hain praised the students, saying “The percentage of WJEC Advanced Level examinations passed at grades A*-E is 98 per cent, higher than both the Welsh and UK average.

“These brilliant results demonstrate that Neath Port Talbot has one of the best environments for higher education learning.”

Leighton Andrews, Minister of Education and Skills for Wales, visited the college this morning to congratulate the students in person, and praised their hard work and dedication.

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