St. Clare’s School students celebrate GCSE achievements

28 Aug 2018

Pupils at St. Clare’s School in Porthcawl are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, having significantly outperformed their peers nationally.

A staggering 95.6% of grades achieved were 4+ (A*-C) while 51.3% of grades awarded were 7+ (A*/A), compared to 61.6% and 18.5% respectively across Wales. Almost a third of all grades at St Clare’s were 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.

A number of individual pupils excelled including Alys Ridsdale and Ben Martin. Alys’s grades included eight 9s, two 8s, two 7s, an A* and an A* with Distinction, whilst Ben’s included five grade 9s, two 8s, two 7s and A* with Distinction. Sarah Davies, Molly Jones, Jake Bromhead and Huw Tucker also performed superbly well and will be joining St Clare’s excellent Sixth Form in September.

Headteacher Helen Hier said, “It is a pleasure to celebrate with our staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve these results. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE students and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into A-Levels and beyond.”

St Clare’s delivers the English curriculum for GCSE examinations and not the Welsh which means that its students sat the new reformed GCSEs this summer in all subjects apart from Psychology, Business and Further Maths.

The new GCSEs are more exacting and the examinations are sat at the end of Year 11 with very little or no coursework and rely on the performance of the pupil on the day. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

Today’s excellent GCSE results follow last week’s outstanding A-Level results where students achieved 78% at A*/B. Delighted parents were this morning shown around the newly refurbished Sixth Form Centre and Mrs Hier announced there would be an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona in October half-term for Year 12.

Limited places are available in St Clare’s Sixth Form for September 2018. Call the admissions team on (01656) 789966 or visit to learn more.

Pictured: Pupils at St Clare’s School, in Porthcawl celebrate GCSE results