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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.



Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50



EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea



A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms



A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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