Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A group of Yr 11 students enjoyed a visit to Jesus College, Oxford on Monday, 12th of October. The pupils enjoyed a tour of the college and meeting with current under-graduates. They also attended an interesting Science lecture.

Activities were organised for Yr 7 and 8 pupils to celebrate European Day 2015. Here are the winners of the day’s activities. Many thanks to Ms Lewis and the staff involved.

We were very pleased to welcome back Dr Jishu and Mr Wil Morus Jones to Y Cymer this week. The school has very close ties with the charity ‘Bangla Cymru’, founded by Mr Jones, which helps to provide vital surgical treatment for people in Bangladesh. We were very pleased to see how funds raised by our community are making a difference in Bangladesh.


We were pleased to welcome London based company ‘Learning Performance’ back to Cymer for the twelfth year in succession. The company worked with our Yr 7 and Yr 11 students, developing learning and independent study skills. A well -attended twilight session for parents was also held.

Year 12 and 13 were very fortunate to hear a fantastic presentation by Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru on Monday, 21.9.15. Thank you very much for coming! Thanks to the students for listening so intently and for the mature questions they asked Leanne.


Congratulations to two of our Year 8 pupils, Megan Waite and Keira Davies on representing Wales during a football competition held in the Netherlands during the summer holidays. Well done girls!

Following last week’s 100% success rate at A Level, staff and students at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda are celebrating following the publication of the best ever set of GCSE results in the school’s history, for the third year running.

Every single student in Year 11 has achieved at least 5 A% - C grades at GCSE, ensuring an impressive 100% at Level 2 and Level 1, matching last week’s Level 3 success rate.

62.9% of students secured at least 5 GCSEs including Language and Maths.

In total, an impressive 20% of all GCSE grades awarded were A* - A grades.

Amongst our highest achievers this year are:

  • Elis Macmillan (Treherbert) - 6 A*, 4 A, 2 B
  • Jake Bailey (Blaenllechau ) 6 A*, 4 A, 1 B , 1 C
  • Carys Frost (Porth) - 5 A*, 7A
  • Charlotte Hopkins (Tonypandy) - 6 A*, 1 A, 4 B, 3 C
  • Seren Howells (Porth) - 5 A*, 3 A, 5 B
  • Caitlin Riddiford (Ystrad) - 4 A*, 4 A, 4 B
  • Ffion Thomas (Treorci) - 3 A*, 5 A, 2 B, 2 C
  • Carys Bishop (Glynrhedyn / Ferndale ) - 3 A*, 3 A, 4 B, 3 C
  • Joseph Kelland (Gelli) – 3 A*, 4 A, 5 B
  • Livia Jones (Treorci) - 3 A*, 4 A, 5 B, 1 C
  • Morgan James (Ton Pentre) - 2 A*, 3 A, 5 B, 2 C
  • Ashleigh Nicholls (Glynrhedyn / Ferndale ) - 4 A*, 1 A, 4 B, 3 C
  • Natasha Lloyd (Porth) – 4 A*, 4 B, 3 C
  • Jack Perkins – (Porth) 1 A*, 3 A, 4 B, 2 C
  • Soffi Jenkins (Llwynypia) - 6 A, 5 B, 1 C
  • Victoria Rendell (Ynyshir) - 6 A, 4 B + (C AS Religious Education / UG Addysg Grefyddol)
  • Aimee Woolley (Porth) – 5 A, 5 B, 1 C
  • Mollie Vye (Treorci) - 4 A, 7 B, 1 C
  • Seren Morgan (Treherbert) - 4 A, 7 B, 1 C

Year 10 students have also secured results that augur very well for next year. In particular, the Mathematics Department are celebrating following 53 students securing an A*-C GCSE grade a year early.

Yr 11 pupil Jake Bailey said of his results “I’m overwhelmed with my results! I had hoped theyd be OK as I had worked hard, but I’m really pleased!”

Head, Rhian Morgan Ellis said – “Year on year, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda secures the best possible results for our pupils. This year is an improvement on all other years once again, and we are especially pleased that 20% of our GCSE grades are A* / A, and that our Level 1, 2, and 3 Thresholds are 100%. These statistics are important because they mean the best achievement for our pupils. These results could not be achieved without our pupils’ diligence; our staff’s willingness to walk the extra mile; our parents' full support; and the wise vision of our Governing Body. Congratulations to everyone.”

Mr John Bryant, Chair of the Governing Body added – “Following last year's GCSE results I said that these were exciting times for Cymer and this year's results have proven the point. I'm so pleased for the pupils who have worked hard and who have now been rewarded for their endeavour. I would like to thank the staff of Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda for their dedication and for being prepared to go the extra mile for the benefit of the pupils. Thanks too for the support of our parents and the governing body. Today's results are excellent and I look forward to seeing many of the pupils succeed in years 12 and 13.”

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