Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

We extend our congratulations and our best wishes to our newly elected Head Prefects, Seren Howells – Head Girl, and Elis Macmillan – Head Boy. We know they will be excellent ambassadors and role models for our students.

Following last week’s 100% success rate at A Level for the second year running, 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 fourth year in succession.

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.

An outstanding 78% of all students achieved an A*- C grade in Languages (Welsh / English) , 75.8% of pupils attained an A*-C grade in Mathematics and 99.2% of students gained an A*-C grade in Science.

The school’s L2+ indicator stands at an impressive 68.9% an increase of 15.2 percentage points since 2014.

Amongst our highest achievers this year are

  • Evie Connolly (Porth) –10 A*/A grades and 1 B grade
  • Matthew Langford (Clydach) 9 A*/A grades and 4 B grades
  • Carys Woolley (Porth) – 9 A*/A grades and 3 B grades
  • Taliesin Evan-Jones (Ton Pentre) – 8 A*/A grades and 4 B grades
  • Tyler Berry, Nadia Dargavel, Charlotte Davies, India Davies, Reuben Edwards, Isobel Evans, Georgia Hart, Fiona Lee Horsnell, Charlotte Ivin, Eleri Jones, Abigail Lewis, Darcie Phillips, Teigan Roberts, Chloe Thomas and Ieuan Ward were also awarded a fantastic 85 A*/A grades between them!

    For Head, Rhian Morgan Ellis, every pupil’s achievement is a great source of pride and is to be celebrated. “ I am so pleased and so proud that all pupils have performed to the utmost of their ability and fulfilled their potential. This is a day for them to celebrate all their hard work. The teamwork between pupils, staff members and the home is so important to us here at Cymer, and what a team we are! This is evident in the progress year on year as is reflected by our Language and Maths results, and the yearly increase in our Level 2 + indicator. These pupils are now in an excellent position to continue their learning pathway with confidence. Llongyfarchiadau mawr to all. “

    Mr John Bryant, Chair of the Governing Body added “The extraordinary progress the school has made over the last four years is testament to the hard work of talented and committed staff. As a consequence the students have been encouraged to be ambitious and they have now reaped the rewards for this ambition and their hard work. Well done to everyone you deserve your success.”










    The class of 2016 at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda has once again gained the best set of A-Level results in the school’s 28 year history. Students at the school are celebrating the 100% success rate at A-Level for the second year running. Every student achieved at least 2 A Level grades at A*-E. 81.3% of all grades were A*-C grades and 28.8% of students were awarded at least one A*-A grade.

    Amongst this year’s top performers are Cerys Evans, who was awarded 1 A* grade, 2 A grades and 2 B grades and is heading to Durham to read Pharmacy, Aaron Matthews who was awarded 3 A grades and 1 B and is set to read Mathematics at Cardiff University, and Elis James who gained an impressive 1 A*, 2 A’s and 1 B and will study at Swansea University. Dafydd Carter achieved 1 A*, 1 A, 1 B and 1 C grade and is also set to study at Swansea. Courtney Adams, who will study at Reading University and Elinor Rees, who is heading to Southampton University, were awarded 2 A grades, 1 B and 1 C grade each.

    51 students also studied the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma, securing a 100% pass rate.

    AS students also reaped the rewards of their hard work, as they were awarded some of the best results seen in the school’s history. Amongst this year’s top performers are Carys Frost, Elis Macmillan, Seren Howells, Jake Bailey, Ffion Thomas, Iestyn Francis and Seren Morgan who were awarded an impressive 20 A-B grades between them.

    For Head, Rhian Morgan Ellis, these results crown an excellent year at Cymer in all fields. She praised the continuous progress and dedication, commitment and diligence on behalf of pupils, parents and staff at Cymer. “I am delighted that our pupils, once again, have fulfilled their potential. All students who have chosen to continue their studies within further education have gained their place at University. These results are testament to the continued improvement in standards at Cymer year on year and I sincerely hope that they will stand all our pupils in good stead as they continue their learning journey. On behalf of our community here at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, I would like to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them every success in the future.”

    On behalf of the Board of Governors, Chair Mr John Bryant said “Once again I am privileged on behalf of the governing body to congratulate the students and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. The excellent results achieved are testament of this endeavour. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the parents for their support as they are an important part of our school family. Our 'sixth form' goes from strength to strength which is so important as we prepare our students for the next step in their careers. I wish them all continued success. ”

    Congratulations to Year 10 student, Ellie Smith, on winning a coveted 3rd place at the recent Llangollen International Eisteddfod in the Under 16 Girls’ solo competition. What a fantastic achievement!

    On the 4th of July Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils participated in a fundraising event for the mental health charity ‘Hafal’. Pupils participated in a variety of fitness activities to include: Aerobics, individual and group fitness challenges to include a ‘Ninja Warrior’ themed event and a form class ‘Tug of War’ competition. The programme of activities aims to promote an awareness of health and wellbeing whilst fundraising for the charity ‘Hafal’. We kindly ask you to promote this event by supporting your child to fundraise for the charity ‘Hafal’, returning the sponsorship form and funds collected to school.

    Congratulations to the Year 8 and 9 girls who competed at the RCT schools Tag rugby competition. Well done to the 1st team on winning the competition and well done to the 2nd team on finishing 3rd. Da iawn pawb.

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