Students and staff at Tonypandy Community College are celebrating their success at the PiXL Awards in London this week.

The College was recognised for its outstanding GCSE results by the education national body at the magnificent Guildhall as 500 dinner guests looked on.

This year Tonypandy Community College achieved a staggering 18% increase in their GCSE results.

The increase came in the Level 2+ 5 A*-C grades with English and Maths which rose to 49%. This was the highest record of passes in the two core subjects in the history of the school with English at 59% and Maths at 54%.

Headteacher Helen O’Sullivan joined members of the College’s Leadership Team at the glittering awards evening where she received the E4Education Trophy for Achieving Outstanding GCSE Results.

She said: “We are overjoyed with the award which recognises the incredible results we gained this year at GCSE and once again I’d like to thank the students for their hard work and determination to succeed.

“We are very grateful to PiXL for  this prestigious title which clearly displays our ongoing commitment – and success – in providing a first-class education for our students.”

PiXL provides leaders from over 1500 schools with access to vibrant, purposeful conferences and networks of people complemented by online resources, training opportunities and development programmes.

They focus on raising standards across Key Stage 2, GCSE and A Levels and their membership includes in the region of 1500 secondary schools, 60 PRUs (Pupil Referral Units), 550 post-16 providers and over 200 Primary Schools.

Over the last two years there has been growing interest in PiXL in Wales. Initially, three schools became members and currently one-fifth of secondary schools are part of the PiXL group.