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Pembrokeshire headteacher’s reflect on GCSE results



Students from Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi

PEMBROKESHIRE Secondary School Headteachers have been reflecting on today’s GCSE results and thanked pupils and staff for their hard work in what has been an unprecedented year.

Year 11 students were unable to take their exams due to Covid-19 and missed out on many of the events and rituals of the final year of compulsory education.

One Headteacher told his students: “If you can cope with this year then you can overcome almost anything life will throw at you in the future.”

Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi (St Davids) Headteacher David Hayes, said: “I would like to pay tribute to all of our excellent Year 11 pupils who have shown outstanding leadership, resilience and determination to succeed during their final year at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA.

“These have been unprecedented and uncertain times for all learners, their families and their teachers. I would like to thank them for their positivity since the early closure of school and the cancelation of the summer exams. I am extremely proud of the GCSE results that our pupils have achieved.”

Some standout performances include Head Girl Isobel Howe, who achieved 10A* and 3A and will now go on to study ‘A’ levels at Rugby School after winning a music scholarship.

Head Boy James Morrissey achieved 7A*, 3 A, 3B and a Distinction in Additional Maths and will study ‘A’ levels at Pembrokeshire College. Deputy Head Boy, Matthew Thomas achieved 1A*, 1A, 8 B and 3C and will go on to study Level Three BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction Management at Pembrokeshire College.

Zara Simpson achieved 5 A*, 4 A, 5B and a Distinction in Additional Maths and will also go on to Rugby School to study for her A Level after winning a prestigious Arnold Scholarship.

Charli Grota Ysgol Y Preseli

Greenhill School (Tenby) Headteacher Raymond McGovern said it had been a pleasure to be in school to see pupils collecting their results this morning.

He added: “There has been a real sense for celebration and this is in no small part to the fact that students know that the grades they have achieved reflect the confidence their teachers have had in their industry and commitment during the whole of the two years of GCSE study. 

“I would like to congratulate each and every one of our pupils. Not solely for their academic achievement but for their positive and enduring spirit, their tenacity, and their reliance they have shown throughout these unprecedented times. But even more than these for their care and compassion for each other and their community at possibly the most challenging times in the living memory of all but a very few of us.”  

Mr McGovern highlighted pupil Adnan Batak, a refugee who joined the school in September 2017 with no English language skills, oral or Written.

“From this starting point, he has just completed six GCSE subjects and entry-level Welsh Language,” Mr McGovern said.

“But it is his kindness and humour that is most noticeable and enduring.”

Among top performers at Greenhill were Emily Batty 9A*, 2A; Tom Davies 9A*, 3A; Freya Williams 8A*, 3A and 1B; Sam Prestwick 3 A*, 6A and 4B; Daisy Blackwell   5A*, 5A, 2 B and 1C and Natasha Hodgson who achieved 3A*, 6A, 3B and 1C grade.

Mr McGovern continued: “Whether returning to study A Levels at Greenhill, going on to College, a training placement or the world of work I would like not only to wish each and every one of them well for their future I would like to say how proud we all are of them and how they have responded to these most unusual times. If you can cope with this then you can overcome almost anything life will throw at you in the future.”

Students from Milford Haven

At Ysgol Harri Tudor,(Pembroke) the Headteacher Fiona Kite, the Governing Body and all staff congratulated Year 11 pupils as they collect their GCSE results.

Mrs Kite said: ’’We are tremendously proud of all of our Year 11 pupils in these unprecedented times, most especially during what was an unexpected and abrupt end to their compulsory schooling, with many of the final Year 11 rituals taken away from them.

“All of our pupils are unique individuals and we hope that their centre assessed GCSE results reflect their pre Covid-19 effort and attainment. 

“Almost all of our Year 11 cohort have achieved a set of results which will enable them to take up their places in the Sixth Form, at Colleges, apprenticeships or employment.

“We congratulate them all today, wishing them all the very best of luck for the next part of their academic journey with our very best wishes for their sustained and future success.’’

Haverfordwest High VC School Headteacher Janet Harries thanked pupils, staff, parents and the wider community for the support received by the school during the time interrupted by Covid-19.

Mrs Harries added: “Huge Congratulations to all our Year 11 students who have persevered in exceptionally difficult circumstances and achieved excellent results at Haverfordwest High VC School.

“Whatever their future intentions, I as Headteacher, the staff and the Governing Body are incredibly proud of them and wish them every success in their chosen pathway.  

“This has been a difficult year for them all. They have not been able to sit their examinations or have the leaving celebrations they deserve but their results are testimony to the hard work they, together with their teachers and family, have put into their studies throughout their time at HHVCS.”

Notable results at Haverfordwest High included Ioan Jones-Hughes who achieved 13 A* and a grade GCSE 8, Euan Sinclair who achieved 12 A* grades and Caitlyn Horton-Jones and Janthine Aburido who both achieved 11 A* grades.

Mrs Harries said: “We are welcoming many students back to HHVCS to continue their studies at A level and we are looking forward to seeing them on Thursday, 3rd September.

“To other students who are pursuing their studies, an apprenticeship or opportunities in employment we wish them all the very best and hope they keep in touch as they progress with their chosen pathway.”

Katey-Anne Othen from Ysgol Y Preseli

The governors and staff at Ysgol Bro Gwaun (Fishguard) congratulated all learners on their achievements.

Headteacher Paul Edwards, said: “The results our students have received today are richly deserved, and are a testament to their hard work throughout the year and in previous years. 

“Under difficult circumstances, these are an outstanding set of results, and are a fair reflection of the efforts made by both pupils and staff.

“We thank our students for their significant contribution to all aspects of school life throughout their time at Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and wish them every success as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.”

Notable successes at Ysgol Bro Gwaun include: Tomos Davies 12A*;  Joss Lerwill 11A*, 2A; Zoe LaTrobe 9A*, 1A, 1B, 1C; Libby Rands 8A*, 5A; Alonwy Roberts 8A*, 2A, 2B; Madeleine Stott 7A*, 5A; Rebecca Hall  6A*, 3A, 3B; Christopher Harries 4A*, 6A, 2B; Liliana Westrip 3A*, 7A, 2B.

Milford Haven pupils celebrate their success

Milford Haven School Headteacher Ceri-Ann Morris, said: “On behalf of staff and governors at Milford Haven School, I would like to congratulate all Year 11 pupils on their GCSE results, reflecting the efforts and commitment they have shown over the last two years and also thank their parents/carers for their support and co-operation.

Among the top performers at Milford Haven were: Ethan Hull 9A*, 4A, 1B; Ben Parr 13A* and 1A; Ferdy Stevenson-Shields 12A* and 1A; Elin Gent 9A*, 4A and 1B; Jenny Algieri 8A*, 3A and 3B and Ethan Bateman, Sam Burton, Megan Rickard, Kiatlyn Carlson and Neve Harper.

Ms Morris added: “The school is pleased to say that all pupils left school with qualifications which will help support them to follow the path of their choice, whether that be into Sixth Form, College, apprenticeships or employment.

“We wish you all good luck in your future careers. Pwb lwc pawb.”

At Ysgol Y Preseli, Headteacher Mr Michael Davies said: “On behalf of staff and governors I would like to congratulate all Year 11 pupils on their excellent GCSE results.

“I would also like to thank their parents and guardians for their outstanding support and cooperation during what has been a very difficult and challenging time for everyone.”

“Today’s GCSE results have been achieved against a backdrop of extraordinary disruption and uncertainty and pupils and their teachers must be given the credit they deserve for an outstanding set of results which are the culmination of much hard work on their part. I would also like to thank the governing body for all their support during this unprecedented time.

“We are very proud of all the young people who have worked tirelessly throughout their time at Ysgol Y Preseli and we look forward to welcoming back a large number to our growing and successful sixth form. What is important now is to ensure that all students in our care are supported and able to move forward with the next steps in their career or learning path.”

Notable performers were Katey-Anne Othen who will be returning to the Sixth Form to study English Literature, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry; Charlie Grota who will be studying Mechanics at Pembrokeshire College and Rhys Ouseley will be studying Agriculture at Coleg Gelli Aur.



Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car



A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases



PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation



Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here –” 

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