Gwernyfed High School is celebrating a record-breaking set of examination results today.

Pupils have significantly outperformed all indicators in 2019, which is the most recent pre-Covid benchmark.

Headteacher Kirsty Retallick said: “This wonderful set of results is demonstration of their hard work and commitment. Pupils have shown great resilience and character, and we look forward to welcoming many pupils to sixth form where they will continue to thrive and be valued senior members our school community. 

"We thank all our parents, families and governors for their unwavering support and the dedicated staff who have helped pupils to move so positively to the next phase of their education.”

Gwernfyed High School GCSE 2023
Congratulations to pupils from Gwernfyed High School! (Gwernfyed High School)

The school has seen significant improvement in almost every subject area and a huge improvement in all performance indicators since 2019. There has been a doubling of the prestigious 5A*A indicator with 40.5 per cent of pupils attaining this. 

The school's capped 9-point score has risen to 420 (from 369), with the ‘old’ Level 2 Indicator being 78 per cent (from 66 per cent). The school has faced several challenges in recent years but is making rapid and sustained progress across all areas, moving towards its ambition of becoming one of the best schools in South Powys. 

A spokesperson for the school said: "All pupils have done incredibly well, and we are very proud of them all."

Outstanding achievement is noted for the following:

Pupils who gained 9 A* GCSEs: Roly Warry, Flinn Allen, Theo Turner, Kieran Jones.

Pupils who gained 9 A* - A GCSEs: Joshua Allen, Bill Dix, Megan Pritchard, Tilly Robinson, William Wildee, Daisy Haikala.

The school community is particularly proud of Iya Birov, one of its pupils who joined from Ukraine. Iya gained English Language (C), Mathematics (A*), Science Double Award (BC). 

Further excellent achievements include:

Lydia Glasspool (6A*, Distinction, 2A, 1B), Sam Fiddes (2A*, 6A,), Nerys Williams,Shanelle Williams and Esme Williams-Sweet (all achieved 100% A*-B).

The school, which has worked in partnership with NPTC, says it is incredible proud of all its pupils who have achieved a combination of very positive GCSE and vocational qualifications at Level one and two including agriculture, hair and beauty, business, engineering and motor vehicle studies. 

A spoksperson for the school added: "Pupils should be applauded for their maturity and dedication for their two-campus study - congratulations!"

Head of upper school Miss Christine Williams said: “I am thrilled with today’s results. Our pupils have performed exceptionally and I am incredibly proud of each and everyone.

"Their success this year is testimony to their hard work and dedication and everyone here at GHS wishes them every success in their future endeavours.”