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A-level students reap rewards of hard work



Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 09.33.18STUDENTS 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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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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