ASCL Cymru comment on A level results 2019

15/08/2019
Eithne Hughes, incoming director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on today’s A level results
 
Commenting on today’s A level results, Eithne Hughes, incoming director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

“Congratulations to students across Wales for the positive results at A and AS level. These outcomes are a credit to the hard work of students, teachers and leaders in schools and colleges across Wales.

“Wales is facing unprecedented changes in policy reforms to the education system within the context of increasingly reduced funding. With 31 reformed A levels being awarded this summer, this has been a tense and challenging period for leaders and students alike.

“For A level results to have reached their best-ever outcome, with 9.1% of grades awarded at A*, is a testament to the resilience of these young people and the quality of our teachers.

“The picture for post-16 students is a positive one in Wales, where there was an increase in achievement at A* - A in English Language, Literature, German, mathematics and Welsh second language. Outcomes in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate qualification, which is in its third awarding year, are stable at 97.8% A* - E. Results at AS level were also stable. While there was a general decrease in entries, this is on the whole reflective of the population decrease at 17 and 18.

“There is indeed much to celebrate in Wales with this set of results, where we have stability in outcomes, against a backdrop of change and policy reform. Congratulations to all concerned.”