STUDENTS across Port Talbot have been celebrating today after their A Level results were announced.
For the seventh year in succession, the overall pass rate at Neath Port Talbot College exceeded 99 per cent and in 41 subjects out of the 46 offered, students achieved a remarkable 100 per cent pass rate.
The results follow the latest Welsh Government’s Learner Outcomes Report (LOR) 2010/11, which shows that Neath Port Talbot College was the best performing Further Education College in Wales for AS and A Level success.
Mark Dacey, Principal at NPTC, said that it was great news for everyone involved.
“We have a strong reputation for the quality of education we deliver along with that of our partner schools. It means we are providing our students with the best possible opportunity to gain outstanding qualifications and the new NPT Sixth Form Academy will ensure the success continues,” he said.
Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Sixth Form Centre also celebrated excellent results, with three pupils, Rachel Thomas, Daniel James and Alice Rowden, achieving multiple A* and A grades.
Across the County Borough, a third of pupils attained the top A and A* grades, an 11 per cent improvement on last year’s results.
Politicians and council officials have been queuing up to make their congratulations.
Aberavon Assembly Member David Rees said: “Students across Neath Port Talbot can be really proud of themselves today. These results are the culmination of their hard work and they deserve this success. It goes to show the talent, enthusiasm and dedication of the young people in our community and I wish them every success in the future, whether it be into university or work.”
“I’d also like to pay tribute to all the teachers, parents and governors for their hard work and the support they have given to ensure these young people have been able to complete their studies and can now look forward to the next stage of their lives.”
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr. Ali Thomas, said: “This is another set of outstanding results for the county borough and I congratulate the pupils, staff and their parents for all their efforts. We are very proud of them all. I wish the students every success in their future endeavours.”
Congratulating students, school and College staff, Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning Karl Napieralla, added: “The sound basis for learning set at Key Stage 4 has enabled more students to continue with their education beyond 16 and make the kind of progress that these impressive achievements evidence.”
Cllr. David Lewis, Cabinet Member for Education, School Improvement and Lifelong Learning, added: “Again young people from Neath Port Talbot have achieved excellent examination results that will allow them to continue with their learning with confidence.”