Dewi R Jones, Head of Education for Gwynedd Council said:
“I am very pleased with the results in Gwynedd schools again this year. The students and their teachers are to be warmly congratulated on their success.
“The percentage achieving grades A-E across all subjects [97.6%] is slightly higher than the national figure [97.2%] and the percentage achieving a grade A or better [22.9%] is also good. It is also pleasing that the percentage gaining A-E grades is 100% in the vast majority of subjects and this reflects the support and guidance provided for our young people.
“The percentage gaining the new A* grade, awarded for exceptional performance, is 5.9% and is an improvement of one percentage point on the 2010 performance.
“I would like to thank the schools and the teachers for their hard work and professionalism, the students for their efforts and the parents for their constant support.”
Whilst noting the need for care when forming conclusions based on the statistics released today, especially in subjects where the number of candidates is very small, it is important to draw attention to outstanding performance in individual subjects.
“Although the number taking examinations varies enormously across subjects, it is pleasing to note that the number of candidates and the results are very good in the Sciences; Mathematics; Business Studies; History; Art and Design; English/English Lit and Welsh,” noted Dewi Jones.
In addition, more than 70% of students gained grades A-C in Drama; French; Music and Sociology.
Dewi Jones also drew attention to the continuing success of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma in the schools:
“It is pleasing to note that the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification continues to go from strength to strength – the number of students achieving the Advanced Diploma is good again this year. The skills developed as part of this the course provide a very good foundation for the students for the future.”
There was also success in the Advanced Subsidiary examination with 89.9% gaining grades A-E and 17.1% gaining grade A [in comparison with 86.8% and 16.4% nationally].
Councillor Liz Saville Roberts, Gwynedd Council Education Portfolio Leader added:
“It is a pleasure to report that A level results are good again this year and the young people are to be congratulated for their dedication. We can one again be proud of the success of our young people in Gwynedd. I would also like to offer my sincere gratitude to the teachers for their hard work during the year and for preparing students so thoroughly for the exams."