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Pupils praised for GCSE efforts



PUPILS across Carmarthenshire were praised for their hard work as they collected their GCSE results today (Aug 23).

Nationally, there was a slight drop in the number of pupils attaining A*-C grades, but an increased proportion of A* and As.

Current provisional data demonstrates achievement at A* – G grades for Carmarthenshire at 95.9% compared with the Wales average of 96.4%.

An impressive 72.1% of entries were graded A* to C in Carmarthenshire, remaining well above the Wales average of 61.6%.

Performance at the highest end of awarded grades has witnessed an encouraging 18.1% of pupils achieving grades A* to A compared to 18.5% across Wales.

Further success has also been gained in the National Welsh Baccalaureate with 62.9% of pupils achieving this award, compared with 57.6% achieving nationally.

Gareth Morgans, Director for Education and Children’s Services said: “Our GCSE results highlight how dedicated our school staff are in ensuring that all of our pupils access a stimulating and rewarding range of educational experiences. During this time of ongoing national educational reform 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. 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 success.”

Cllr Glynog Davies, Executive Board member for Education and Children’s Services, added his congratulations to the pupils.

“Once again our Carmarthenshire pupils continue to achieve great success in their GCSE examinations,” he said.

“I am wholly aware that this follows as a result of their considerable individual efforts. Most encouragingly, this now provides them 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.”

In Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, more pupils than ever left with five or more qualifications at grades A*-G, and one in six got five or more A*-A grades.

Top pupils included Bethan Carvell (9A*2A 2B) Steffan Rees-Millns (8A* 3A 2B) and Melissa Lyon (7A* 5A 1B 1C)
A spokesperson for the school said: “All these results are a testament to the hard work of pupils and staff. We congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish every pupil all the best as they move on to the next chapter in their lives, armed with the knowledge and skills to further develop and succeed.”

Pupils at Carmarthen’s Queen Elizabeth High School were also praised for their performances. Pete Spencer, Headteacher, said: “I offer congratulation to all our pupils on their excellent results. These are an ambitious group of young people who have set their targets high and achieved them. Each individual should be proud of their achievements, I and the whole school community certainly are. The hard work and determination of the pupils and staff has clearly paid off and these excellent results are thoroughly deserved.

“I am delighted that the real progress made by the school as a whole last year has been maintained. Again the number of pupils achieving the highest grades is exceptional.

“We look forward to continuing to work with our pupils in what promises to be a very vibrant sixth form. On behalf of the whole school, I would like to wish every pupil the very best in the next exciting phase of their education career. I hope everyone enjoys the feeling of success of today.”

Across Wales there was a drop in pass rates at A*-C grades – 61.6% compared to 62.8% last year. However, the proportion of A* and A grades – 18.5% – was higher.

Due to the scale and complexity of changes in the qualifications this year, regulators warned against drawing direct comparisons to past results.

“We can still follow what is happening with individual subjects, but the Welsh Government’s chief statistician says it will be the “summer of 2021 at the earliest” before it is safe to make broad comparisons over time,” Chief Executive of Qualifications Wales Philip Blaker explained.

GCSEs are being reformed and 15 updated subjects were sat this summer for the first time following on from the introduction of six reformed GCSEs last year.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: “I want to congratulate pupils who are receiving their results today and to thank the teachers who worked so tirelessly to deliver these new qualifications.

“Today marks a culture change for Science in Wales. Entries are up by 50%, with more pupils gaining A*-C and more achieving the very top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This shows the importance that both we and schools attach to this subject and I am confident that together we will continue to go from strength to strength, as we saw with last week’s A Level results.”

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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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