Grŵp Llandrillo Menai achieves best ever results despite COVID-19 pandemic

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai A-Level learners are celebrating today, with another outstanding year of A-Level and AS results. Our pass rate has increased by 1% to 99%, and a record number of learners, 50% have been successful in achieving the coveted A* and A grades. We are also delighted with the 2% increase in the number of learners achieving A*-C grades, and the 100% pass rate achieved in 148 subjects across all of our campuses.

We would also like to congratulate our vocational learners who will be receiving their results today and we are delighted that many have achieved the highest Distinction or Distinction* grade.

These results show outstanding academic success and personal achievement and will enable our learners to take their next step to university, apprenticeships or employment.

Hear more about the class of 2021:

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Amongst those celebrating was Alis Francis from Caernarfon, who achieved an A* in her Biology A-Level at Coleg Menai and has now secured a place to study Geography at Cambridge University in September.

Alis said: “My time at Coleg Menai has been the perfect stepping stone between school and university. The quality of teaching, together with the welcoming environment, has helped elevate my studies and allowed me to achieve the grade needed to get into my chosen university.”

A delighted Ella Burrows, who achieved A* in English, A* in Welsh Baccalaureate, and Distinction* in Law at the college’s Bangor campus, will be studying Law at Bangor University in September. She said: “College helped me to become the best version of myself, when I first started college I lacked confidence - but now I have the confidence to tackle all that life throws at me!”

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Holly Wyn Edwards from Aberdyfi, who has been studying at the Dolgellau campus, achieved a remarkable 4 A* and 1 A grades: Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education, Welsh Baccalaureate and Geography. Holly said: “Thanks to all the staff at college for their support; the experience was really amazing. I will be taking a gap year to help out in a local primary school before going back to study next year.”

Identical twins Mia and Beca Owen from Y Ffor, Pwllheli - who achieved the same A-level grades in the same subjects - won’t be separated on their university adventures either, after both of them were offered places at the same university! Both of the twins were each awarded 2 As and a B in Business, Sociology and Psychology and will soon be off to study for their degrees at John Moores’ University. The only difference will be the subject studied: Mia will be studying Criminology and Beca will be studying Psychology.

Anna Griffith from Criccieth, who also studied at the Pwllheli campus, achieved an A* for Law, an A* for History, an A for English and an A for the Welsh Baccalaureate. She will be going to study Law at Aberystwyth University in the autumn. She said: “It was a great feeling to learn in a virtual way, following our usual Google Meet schedule. I will be forever grateful to the college for ensuring our education during this lockdown period.”

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College rugby star Christian Hone from Holywell gained an A grade in History, a B in Biology, and a B in Chemistry. As well as gaining a place to study for a degree in Banking & Finance at Bangor University, sports-mad Christian has also gained a place in a renowned rugby team’s senior academy!

Christian said: “I joined Rhos Sixth in September 2019 to study for A-levels in History, Biology and Chemistry alongside the Coleg Llandrillo Rugby Academy, and I have just finished what has been a fantastic two years."

Ellis Payne from Rhyl achieved an impressive 3 A* grades in Maths, Chemistry, and Biology, as well gaining the Welsh Baccalaureate. His impressive grades acquired at the Rhyl Sixth have afforded him the opportunity to study for a degree at the University of Sheffield, and hopefully a Masters’ degree in Mechanical Engineering straight after. A delighted Ellis said: “It was obvious the teachers had a genuine passion for their subject: they talked about how the relevant topic had developed in understanding since their university days, and also mentioned recent scientific journals that they had been reading. The size of the sixth form at Rhyl College contributed a lot towards a friendly atmosphere, making it a comfortable transition from high school."

Charlotte Bradley, 20, from Llandudno Junction, has double cause for celebration this year, after juggling her A Level studies at the Rhos-on-Sea campus, with the birth of her new-born baby! Charlotte achieved an A in English Literature, a B in Psychology, a B in Sociology, an AS-level in Welsh and the Welsh Baccalaureate. She will be starting a Sociology and Criminology degree with the Open University in October so that she can spend time with her new-born, whilst still achieving her goals.

She said: “I struggled to find my feet to begin with as I had a lot of home / life issues that sometimes got in the way of my studies. However, with the support of my tutors and lecturers, helping me to believe in myself and helping me through some tough times, I managed to get grades that I’d only ever dreamed about and never thought I would achieve. After completing my degree, I then hope to complete a PGCE to start teaching a subject I discovered and fell in love with whilst in college.”

Reflecting on this year’s results, the Grŵp’s Chief Executive, Dafydd Evans, said: “Congratulations to all of our learners receiving their results today. These are exceptional results, despite a challenging academic year. We are extremely proud of the success of all of our A Level and Vocational learners and of the resilience and determination they have shown in achieving their goals. I would like to wish all of our learners continued success for the future.”

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