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A-level students reap rewards of hard work



Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 12.06.39STUDENTS across Carmarthenshire have once again continued to demonstrate great success at both A and AS Levels. 

The overall Carmarthenshire pass rate at A Level was 98.3% compared with the national Welsh average of 97.3%.

In the combined top grades of A* and A, Carmarthenshire students achieved 26.4% in comparison with the Welsh average of 22.7%.

With a performance at 79% at A* to C, the county’s students surpassed the Welsh average of 73.8%.

The overall Carmarthenshire pass rate at AS level reached 87.2% in comparison with the Welsh average of 88.3%.

Executive Board Member for Education, Cllr Gareth Jones, said: “On behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council, I warmly congratulate all of our students on their achievements this year.

“Standards gained in this year’s examinations are excellent. As a council, we gratefully acknowledge the dedication and support provided by their families and schools for whom today will be a very proud day.

“The continued high standards achieved this year reflect the commitment of the authority through its schools, colleges and support services to all of our young people in providing them with every opportunity to achieve their full potential. We wish them all well for the future.”

At A level, 1,282 students sat the exams and 1,324 students at AS level. At A level, 79% achieved grade C or higher, with 57.7% at grade C or higher for the AS level.

Director for Education and Children’s Services, Rob Sully, added: “Once again, our results this year clearly demonstrate the considerable effort and admirable achievement of all individual students – both they and their families deserve our warmest congratulations.

“These are indeed very pleasing and positive results for Carmarthenshire. I am particularly pleased to see the excellent performance at the highest grades of A* and A and the 100% pass rates across a number of subjects, including Mathematics, Welsh and English.

“They provide strong evidence that our provision is successful in supporting all of our learners to reach their full potential.

“I sincerely congratulate and thank everyone involved in today’s success.”

Students at Coleg Sir Gâr are celebrating another excellent set of A-level results.

The percentage of A* – E grades was again extremely high at 98%, with 22 out of 29 subjects posting a 100% pass rate.

Students on the A-level Academic, Cultural, Excellence (ACE) programme achieved outstanding results with three out of four examination entries yielding either an A* or A grade, enabling them to go to their first choice of university, including those within the Sutton 30 Group.

Head of A-levels and Access, Mrs Vanessa Cashmore, said: “We are delighted at the success of our students and this reflects the hard work and effort of students and staff over the last two years of study at the college.

“On behalf of all staff at the college, we wish our learners every success as they go to the very best universities across the United Kingdom and into employment.”

Matthew Howells, a former Coedcae Comprehensive School student, obtained an A* grade in Mathematics, an A in Further Maths, an A in History and an A in Law. Matthew is hoping to study Maths at Cardiff University.

Former St John Lloyd pupil and Coleg Sir Gâr Student Union President and Corporate Board Member, Siôn Davies, who obtained an A in Welsh, an A in Biology and a B in English Language and Literature is going to Manchester University to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Coedcae student Patrick Irwin is going to Birmingham University to study Engineering after obtaining an A* grade in Further Mathematics, an A in Maths, an A in Chemistry and an A in Physics.

Budding anthropologist Ella Bailey from Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen obtained an A* in Geography, an A in World Development and a B grade in History and will be going to university to continue her studies.

Sophie Joseph, a former Bryngwyn student, is going to study Law at university after obtaining an A grade in Sociology, an A in History and an A in Law.

Mr Barry Liles, Coleg Sir Gâr Principal, said: “It is great to see our students performing consistently well and to a high standard.

“Performances in A-level Mathematics and Geography are particularly strong this year.

“These A Level results, along with an equally strong performance in the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, will see our learners continue to progress to the very best universities and their chosen careers.

“High grades on vocational programmes coupled with tremendous success in national skills competitions will enable vocational learners to progress to university, higher level apprenticeships and future employment.

“This year’s excellent performance on academic and vocational courses reflects the progression of students from the strong foundations laid in partner schools in Carmarthenshire and beyond. On behalf of the college, I wish them the very best for the future.”

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being



CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade



LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar



MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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