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Carmarthenshire’s GCSE Results Top Welsh Average

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SECONDARY school pupils in Carmarthenshire are celebrating GCSE pass rates above the national average again this year.

Almost 71 per cent of pupils have achieved a grade C or higher, with 21.3 per cent awarded the top A*- A grades – both higher than the averages for Wales.

Their achievements have been praised and congratulated by Carmarthenshire County Council education chiefs who said the hard work and dedication shown by both pupils and staff has ensured richly deserved success.

Standards in English Language and English Literature continue to improve across the county, with 63.5 per cent and 80.5 per cent of entries, being awarded a C grade or above.

Pupils continue to achieve strong progress in their Welsh language skills with 72 per cent of entries in Welsh Language and 88 per cent of entries in Welsh Literature attaining a C grade or better, an upward trend that bucks the national trend.

Pass rates in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths have also continued to improve and surpass the Welsh averages.

Cllr Glynog Davies, Executive Board member for Education and Children’s Services, has congratulated pupils.

“Once again our Carmarthenshire pupils continue to achieve great success in their examinations at Key Stage 4 due to their considerable efforts, and the perseverance of their schools,” he said. “The progress achieved provides our pupils with a firm foundation as they move on to their future learning and career opportunities. I would like to sincerely thank all parents and staff for their support in securing such pleasing achievements.”

Gareth Morgans, Director for Education and Children’s Services, added: “I offer my warmest congratulations and thanks to all pupils, their families and school staff for their ongoing commitment and support towards securing today’s successes. Having visited Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen this morning I saw first-hand how important these outcomes are for our young people.  

“Our examination results highlight how effectively our school staff are embracing change during this period of educational reform and how dedicated and skilled they are in ensuring that each pupils’ individual needs are successfully met. Our results represent the positive impact of working together in effective partnership across Carmarthenshire, the ERW region and nationally, to ensure the highest levels of achievement and progress for all.

“We will continue to ensure that teachers are well supported as they inspire our young people to develop their skills and knowledge through engaging and challenging learning experiences.”

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Abergwili: Police investigate death of couple in property on High Street

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the sudden death of a man and a woman who died in a property at High Street, Abergwili, Carmarthen.

A spokesman said: “Police were called to the address shortly after 6pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Officers are currently investigating the circumstances of the deaths, which are being treated as unexplained.

“They are not being linked to COVID-19 at this time.

“Next of kin and HM Coroner are aware.”

The family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John David Bound and Gwendoline Christine Bound.

“The family wish for their privacy to be respected in their time of grief.”

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Carers needed to start work immediately

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The council is urgently recruiting carers to help support older and vulnerable residents of Carmarthenshire as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

We are particularly appealing for people who have worked within the care sector previously who would consider returning to work during these unprecedented times.

If you have ever worked as a domiciliary care worker or in a residential care home, we are urging you to please get in touch.

Staff are needed throughout Carmarthenshire, you must be 18-years-old, can start immediately and able to work up to 16 hours a week.

Experience is desirable but not essential, so if you do not have any experience in the care industry, but want to help, then we can quickly provide the relevant training.

Executive Board Member for Health and Social Care Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “Now more than ever, people are needed to provide care and support to those who are vulnerable in our communities.

“If you have any experience or even no experience but this is a job you would like to do and are in a position to apply, I would urge you to please contact us.

“Working in domiciliary care is extremely rewarding; you really are making a difference to people’s lives, particularly during this uncertain time. So please help us and help your community too.”

The council offers good rates of pay and flexible hours. Full and part-time, permanent and temporary contracts are available.

We want to make the application process as easy as possible, so only the mandatory fields on the application form will need to be completed along with a brief statement about any care you have provided. If you have not provided care in a work setting you can instead state what you think would make you a good carer.

Applicants will be contacted by telephone following their application.

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Police appeal following Carmarthen burglary allegation

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“Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an allegation of burglary which occurred in a property In Guildhall Square, Carmarthen at approximately 10.55am on Friday, 28th February 2020.

A quantity of cash was stolen from the property

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public. They would like to identify the man in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who he is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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