Success for GCSE students across the Vale


25 August 2017 



Pupils across the Vale of Glamorgan can now breathe a sigh of relief, as WJEC GCSE results for 2017 show a staggering 97.6% passed with A*-G grades and 68.6% with A* - C grades. 

Today’s results reveal that Vale pupils have again exceeded the national average this year with 96.9% of pupils in Wales passing with A*-G grades and 62.8 % achieving A* - C grades.



Cowbridge Comprehensive was the highest performing school in the Vale for the second year running, as 99.8% of pupils passed with A*-G grades, 86.2% with A* to C and 40.6% with A* or A grades. 


99.4% of pupils at Stanwell Comprehensive in Penarth passed with A* - G grades and 80.7% passed with A* - C. At St Cyres School 97.4% passed with A*-G grades. 

Pupils at Llantwit Major School achieved 96.7% A* - G passes and 61.7% A* - C. 

The county’s only welsh medium school, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, kept their steady success with 97.5% of pupils passing with A*-G grades and 74.3% with A* - C. 


Meanwhile pupils at Bryn Hafren, Barry Comprehensive School and St Richard Gwyn Catholic High recorded A*-G pass rates of 93.6%, 95.4% and 97.5% and A* - C rates of 46.7%, 53.1% and 64.6% respectively.



Cllr Bob Penrose, Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said: “It’s great to hear of excellent results once again, and after all their hard work over the past year, I’m sure many pupils will enjoy celebrating today.

“Due to changes in how GCSE papers are set and grades are awarded this year’s results cannot be meaningfully compared to last year’s. However, what they do tell us is that we have some fantastic teachers and support staff working in the Vale. 

“As a local authority we now look forward to harnessing this expertise as we continue to support Welsh Government’s reforms and to enabling those working in our schools to play a much more central role in the planning and delivery of national policy.”


The new examinations introduced this year test a different knowledge base and skills sets than the previous examinations which means that the results cannot be meaningfully compared.


This year’s results will form a new baseline for comparison purposes; trend data won’t be available until 2019.