STUDENTS across Conwy County have achieved “sound results” and “maintained the level of success” in their A levels this year.
As anxious sixth formers opened their results on Thursday, Conwy County Council revealed the area sits slightly below the national average in the number of A*-C grades achieved, with 74.9 per cent hitting the mark in Conwy compared to 75.2 per cent throughout Wales.
There was also an overall A*-E grade pass-rate of 96.9 per cent - slightly below the national score of 97.5 per cent.
In a joint statement, Conwy County Council cabinet member Cllr Wyn Jones and Chief Education Officer Geraint James said: “These sound results have been achieved as a result of hard work and dedication by the students themselves together with the committed and professional support of their teachers.
“We congratulate them all and wish all students every success in their future careers.
“We also acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of our students in other examinations, which include AS examinations, vocational courses and the Welsh Baccalaureate, although an authority analysis of these results is not yet available.”
Teaching trade union NAHT, which represents teachers, head teachers, assistants and other education workers, congratulateted this year’s A level students across the country on their achievements.
It said that more students than ever are using their good grades to enter apprenticeships and work schemes, with huge numbers still going onto university studies.
A spokesperson said: “The success celebrated today is the product of the partnership between students and their skilled and committed teachers working in well-led schools.
“Although overall this year's results were not too different from last year, some schools and students will be experiencing significant changes, primarily due to recent exam reforms, more of which are on the way.”