THE first pupils have attended Rhyl's new £23million Catholic School to pick up their GCSE results.

Pupils of Blessed Edwards Jones Catholic School visited the new Christ the Word school to find out how they performed.

Among the pupils earning top grades this year were Jeswin George with six A*s and three As, Dylan Manalo with two A*, four As and two Bs, Ashley Sapong with an A*, five As and Bs and Mathew Smith with an A*, three A and four Bs.

Mark Cohen, interim headteacher, said: "After the instability of recent years, created by the disproportionate changes in grade boundaries, we are delighted that the Welsh government, Qualifications Wales and the WJEC have introduced fairness into our system for our children.

"We are pleased to see the credibility of our examination system re-instated and we look

forward to formally challenging its continued integrity.

"There are so many individual success stories that have made the day emotional and special.

"We wish every student success moving on to further education, employment or training and thank all staff, parents and governors for the hard work that has gone into supporting our Catholic family."