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Students across Pembrokeshire celebrate GCSE results



STUDENTS across Pembrokeshire received their GCSE results this week.

Pembrokeshire County Council said it had been an ‘incredibly difficult’ two years for all students and congratulated everyone on their efforts.

Following the covid-19 pandemic, public exams have returned this year bringing back many challenges for all involved.

Schools have worked hard to ensure that pupils have been equipped with the skills to take examinations for the first time since 2019.

Schools have also praised their students, with Haverfordwest High saying they are ‘very proud’ of the results achieved.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We are very proud of the excellent results achieved at Haverfordwest High VC School and, whatever their future intentions, Headteacher Mrs Harries, the staff and the Governing Body wish all pupils every success in their chosen pathway.

“The pupils, together with their teachers and family, have put enormous effort into their studies throughout their time at HHVCS and had the added challenge of sitting them not on school premises, but at County Hall.

“We would particularly like to thank the staff at HHVCS, their parents and the wider community for their support in these difficult times.”

Notable results from Haverfordwest High include: 12 A* grades and 1 Grade 9: Libby Banner, 11.5 A* grades: Nivetha Athithan, Annika Harries, Dillon James, 10.5 A*, 1 A: Catrin Fletcher, 9.5 A*, 2 A: Elinor Pritchard, 8.5 A*, 3 A: Kevin Chen.

Headteacher Mrs Harries added: “We are welcoming many students back to HHVCS 6th Form to continue their studies and we are looking forward to seeing them at our wonderful new school site on Wednesday, September 7.

“To all 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 pathways.”

Students from Haverfordwest High get their results

Ysgol Harri Tudur Headteacher Mrs Kite and the school’s Governing Body also praised their students and the staff who had helped prepare them for their exams.

She said: “’The resilience and determination shown by nearly all of our Year 11 pupils, in response to the disruption to all learners by the coronavirus pandemic over the last two years has been rightly reflected in the  GCSE and BTEC results today.

“Similarly, we are also pleased with the effort of our Year 10 pupils in modular GCSE examinations. The pandemic has caused significant disruption to this cohort’s GCSE studies, yet we have seen some outstanding personal successes today, with many pupils achieving good and in some cases outstanding results.

“We all send our huge congratulations and wish each and every one of our Year 11 pupils all the very best of luck for their sustained and future success either continuing their education in the Sixth form at Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School, alternative post 16 providers or to the world of employment. We hope that they will continue to achieve great things.

“We would also like to thank and recognise the contribution and support of the parents of our Year 11 pupils for their support.”

Headteacher of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA School, Rachael Thomas, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outstanding achievements of all pupils at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA. Their tenacity, resilience and the kindness and strength of spirit which they have demonstrated through such challenging times is reflected in the remarkable results which they have achieved.

“The outcomes are amongst the best in the history of both Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA.

“I must pay tribute not only to the pupils, but also to staff at the school, their parents, carers and our entire school community alongside the support from the Church and Governing Body.

“These learners have sat exams for the very first time and smashed it! We wish them every success in their future learning journeys and/or work careers. They will always be a part of our unique YPDVA family.”

Greenhill School Headteacher David Haynes said: “On behalf of the staff and governors, I would like to pay tribute to each and every pupil who is collecting their hard earned GCSE results this morning.

“I am very proud of the way in which they faced the considerable challenges presented to them over the last two years with such resilience and determination. I would also like to thank all parents and carers for their outstanding support during what has been a particularly difficult and anxious time for everyone.

“I am delighted that many of our pupils have excelled this year and have achieved the challenging targets which were set. Some standout performances include Isabel Rice who achieved twelve A*, Louis Chadd with eleven A* and an A, Beth Evans gained eleven A* and A, Alex Joseph eleven A* and an A and William Lunt gained eleven A* and an A.

“I am delighted that so many year 11 pupils are returning in September to our ever increasing in size Sixth Form and I look forward to them playing a significant role in the life of the school as inspirational role models for our younger pupils.”

Ysgol Bro Gwaun Head Girl Gwenna Maycock and Head Boy Dewi Roberts celebrate their results

Ysgol Bro Gwaun headteacher Paul Edwards is delighted with the school’s outcomes.

“On behalf of the staff and governors of Ysgol Bro Gwaun, I would like to congratulate all pupils who are receiving their results today,” he said.

“We are very proud of their hard work and dedication, and of the outstanding results which they have achieved, especially when considered against the difficulties they have experienced over the last two years.

He continued: “I would like to pay tribute to the determination and perseverance which our pupils have shown and I would also like to thank the teaching staff who have worked tirelessly to support every learner to achieve their best.

Head Girl Gwenna Maycock (10A*, 1A, 1B) paid tribute to the school and staff, saying: “We were very nervous as we approached these exams because we hadn’t had much practice, but the staff have been brilliant in preparing us and giving us the confidence to give our best. I cannot thank the school enough.”

Head Boy Dewi Roberts (8A*, 2A, 2B) also thanked the school for the support both he and his year group has received. “No-one could imagine the challenges we have faced for much of our time at the school, and to achieve what we have in spite of these difficulties is amazing and a tribute to the teachers and support staff at the school.

“Ysgol Bro Gwaun is a close-knit family and the support we have been given by the staff in the lead-up to the exams was incredible. Thank you everyone!”

The staff and governors pass on their best wishes to all of year 11 as they take the next exciting steps in their life journey.

Head Prefect, Bethan Owens, celebrating with 14 A* grades, and with her is Layla McGuire who celebrates with 5A*’s, 6A’s and a B grade

Milford Haven School headteacher Ms 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 three years especially during such unprecedented times and also thank their parents/carers for their support and close partnership with us throughout the years.

We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our pupils after such a difficult and disrupted number of years. ” Here are a number of individual successes we wish to mention, in particular our top 10 performers include, Bethan Owens (14A*), Rosa May Solomon (3A*s, 6A’s, 4 B’s and a C), Bethan Preddy (11A* and 1A), Riley Pilgrim (6A’s and 6C’s), Shannon Laugharne (3 A*’s, 7A’s, 2B’s and a C), Dylan Sanders-Swales (2A*’s, 7A’s and 4 B’s), Ella Trueman (3A*’s, 4A’s, 4B’s and 2C’s), Jasmine Johnson (6A’s, 6B’s and a C grade), Harvey Childs (6A*’s, 4A’s and 2B) and Layla McGuire.

The school are pleased to say that 100% of 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 endeavours. Pwb lwc pawb.”

Commenting on this year’s GCSE exam results, Ysgol Bro Preseli Headteacher Ms Rhonwen Morris said: “On behalf of staff and governors at Ysgol Bro Preseli, I would like to congratulate all Year 11 pupils on their excellent GCSE results. This cohort has faced unprecedented challenges since commencing their GCSE studies and it has been a privilege to guide them through what has been a very difficult and challenging time for everyone.

“Today’s excellent GCSE results have been achieved despite extraordinary disruption and uncertainty and pupils and their teachers deserve credit for an outstanding set of results which are the culmination of much hard work, determination and resilience. I would also like to thank parents / guardians and 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 which is now Ysgol Bro Preseli and we look forward to welcoming back a large number of pupils to our successful sixth form where they will have the opportunity to realise their potential and more within a supportive and homely school community.”

Pupils from Ysgol Bro Preseli get their results
More Ysgol Bro Preseli students celebrate their results

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and the Welsh Language, Cllr Guy Woodham said: “The past two years have been incredibly difficult for all learners who have taken public examinations.

“The continuing impact of the pandemic has been profound. Our students have been resilient and risen to the challenges that they have faced. I would like to congratulate them all on their achievements.

“As a Local Authority, we have been committed to supporting learners in achieving the best possible outcomes.

“Students who have received their results today will have acquired a range of skills that enable them to be lifelong learners and hopefully achieve more than they thought possible.

“I wish them every success for the future.”

Speaking about the GCSE and other results announced, Debbie Scott, Senior Wales Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said: “NEU Cymru wants to congratulate everyone who has received their results today, after a disrupted couple of years for education.

“Everyone in schools and colleges has been working hard to support students receiving their awards today and should be commended for their hard work in such a challenging time.”


Former councillor’s pub works expected to be refused



ALTERATIONS to a bar in a seaside village’s conservation area, partly owned by a former county councillor, are expected to be turned down by national park planners next week.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s Development Management committee, meeting on June 7, is recommended to refuse an application, by Ross Barnes, to replace an existing glass balustrade with a variable height glass balustrade and the installation of two permanent parasols at Harbwr Bar and Kitchen, Wogan Terrace, Saundersfoot.

The item is being considered by the Development Management Committee as former committee member – and former county councillor – Mike Evans, who had left the authority less than 12 months prior to the application’s submission, has a material interest in its outcome.

Local community council Saundersfoot had objected to the application, stating: “Following consideration of all the information provided by the Planning Authority, Saundersfoot Community Council advise the planning officer that it is not in support of this planning application, considering that the proposed plans are not within the keeping of the surrounding buildings nor in keeping with the conservation area in which the building is situated.”

The authority’s Buildings Conservation Officer recommended refusal, stating: “The property is prominent within Saundersfoot Conservation Area, denoted as a positive building.

“Section 72 of the 1990 Act requires that when considering planning applications, special attention must be paid to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the area.

“The scheme includes extendable glass balustrading and two permanent ‘pergolas’ (gazebos), these extending across the whole of the fascia, filling the front courtyard.

“This is my view comprises over-development that cannot reasonably be said to preserve or enhance the character of Saundersfoot.”

The officer also raised concerns about the impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area.

The plans are recommended to be refused on the grounds of visual impact, overdevelopment within the conservation area, and “The proposal does not preserve the setting of Listed Buildings within Saundersfoot.”

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Image Caption: The Harbwr Bar and Kitchen, Saundersfoot

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Engineering learner Reuben heading for ‘pole position’



ENGINEERING learner Reuben Whitehead has been turning heads with his mechanical talents when he recently designed and built his very own battery powered go-kart.

Reuben, who is a passionate Formula One fan, works part-time at West Wales Karting and decided to rebuild the kart earlier this year after they kindly donated a pre-existing kart to him.

The process involved stripping the kart down to a bare chassis and then refurbishing it. This was followed by implementing the electrical aspect of the kart and fabricating mounts for both the batteries and motor made from carbon fibre and steel.

The key components and materials used were steel for the chassis, aluminium for the rims, and an inclusion of carbon fibre for both the motor mounts and battery.

The motor produces 2.5hp and has an efficiency rate of 90% when in operation. The torque produced is 8.4-foot pounds when in operation and the motor revs 1500RPM.

Reuben explained the purpose of his project, “I built the Go-Kart because I am passionate about motorsport and enjoy karting both in local competitions and with friends so for me the opportunity to build an electric kart was exciting and something that would require me to use my skills that I have developed throughout my time at the College. I also built the project as I knew it was something that I would enjoy undertaking and be able to learn new skills along the way. Being able to get hands on with a kart and understand both the fundamentals and intricate aspects was important for my development as an aspiring motorsport engineer, hopefully one day with Formula One.”

Reuben took his first test drive in the car earlier this month using the track based up at West Wales Karting.

Reuben also discussed what inspires him to achieve his dream career.

Reuben explained, “The individuals who inspire me are my mum, for how brave and courageous she is, for always believing in me and supporting me. My late stepdad, he never gave up even at the toughest of times and always kept fighting even when the odds were against him as well as teaching me that if you work hard enough anything is achievable. Finally, Lewis Hamilton for showing that again with hard work you can achieve anything and that no dream/goal is too big, also the way in which he conducts himself after tough losses on the racetrack.”

An articulate learner, Reuben spends a large amount of time in the machine workshop whilst studying at the College where he has developed skills in working with lathes and milling machines, hand fitting tool techniques as well as CAD and precision measurement practices which has aided his knowledge into the world of car design and engineering.  

Aside from Reuben’s College studies, he has self-taught himself many transferable skills.

Reuben said, “I can’t take all the credit, having been fortunate enough to have experience of refurbishing classic cars with my stepdad growing up, as well as being able to build rally cars when on work experience whilst studying in my first year of College, this has certainly helped me learn and build a skillset that can be applied in numerous engineering environments. Spending time in the workshop and learning from tutors who have real industry experience has helped me.”

Curriculum Area Manager for Engineering Will Bateman, expressed how proud the department is of Reuben, “Reuben has worked at a consistently excellent standard throughout the two-year programme. We are incredibly proud of his final project, that has showcased his skills and learning from the course. Reuben is a true engineering ambassador having spoken to numerous 14–16-year-old groups on choices post-compulsory education.”

Reuben plans on becoming a Motorsport Engineer in Formula One after his studies and this project has fuelled his motivation to show potential employers just how talented he is.

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One week to go until deadline for 20 MPH consultation, says Council



IN JULY 2022, the Senedd passed legislation to reduce the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on restricted roads in Wales.

The legislation will come into force across Wales, including Pembrokeshire, on 17 September 2023.

However in some places, a 20mph speed limit will not be appropriate or feasible.

In these locations, the 30mph speed limit can remain on the basis of an ‘exceptions’ process, which will be introduced by way of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO).

Pembrokeshire County Council has proposed twenty-seven 20mph exceptions across the county’s road network, having reviewed criteria and requested local feedback.

The public consultation on the proposed exceptions opened on 17th May and closes at midnight on Wednesday, June 7.

The consultation will also seek the public’s views on proposed 20mph speed limits on those 30mph roads in Pembrokeshire which won’t automatically default to 20mph in September as they are not classified as ‘restricted roads’ (these roads are known as 30mph by order).

The proposed exceptions and proposed 20mph limits can be viewed at: View map | DataMapWales ( or alternatively in person at County Hall reception.

How to take part in the consultation:


Members of the public will be able to take part in the consultation online until midnight on Wednesday 7th June on the Council’s website at Traffic Regulation Orders – Pembrokeshire County Council

In person:

Documents will also be available to view at County Hall in Haverfordwest until 5pm on Wednesday 7th June. A laptop has been set up in Reception and a member of the Traffic Team is available from 0900 – 1700 Monday to Thursday, and 0900 – 16:30 on Friday to assist members of the public in person if required.

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