The Welsh Local Government Association has today congratulated Welsh pupils on another successful year for A-Level and Welsh Baccalaureate results.
Results for 2013 show that Welsh pupils have matched the trends in educational attainment that have been evidenced across the UK, with only small changes in the achievement of A* - E and A*/A grades from last year. Wales is the only area where the proportion gaining A* stayed steady, at 6% while the other regions saw a fall.
One stand out success has been a huge rise in the number of pupils succeeding at the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, for a second year running. This continuous upward trend saw 8,565 candidates being awarded the Advanced Diploma.
Cllr Ali Thomas, WLGA Spokesperson for Education and Workforce stated:
“A level results day is about acknowledging the dedication and the talent of Welsh pupils, and we wish every one of them all the very best for the future. We also extend our gratitude to all parents for their support. Congratulations must also be given to the education professionals from schools, local authorities and further education institutions that have inspired yet another generation of pupils.
“There are a number of stand-out achievements. The Welsh Baccalaureate continues to grow in success. The performance of those gaining A* has stayed steady while the gender gap was at its widest at grade C, where girls outperformed boys by over six percentage points. We are delighted to see an increase in the percentage in those achieving A*-C grades.These are all target areas for the education system in Wales and it is encouraging to see the beginnings of improvement.
“Today’s results provide a sound basis for the future, as we work to ensure that the educational performance of Welsh pupils compares favourably with the leading countries across the world.”