Students at Tonypandy Community College have achieved a staggering 18% increase in their GCSE results this year.

Staff, parents and governors are joining in the celebrations at the Rhondda College which has dramatically increased its results due to the hard work and commitment of all involved.

The increase comes in the Level 2+ 5 A*-C grades with English and Maths which has risen to 49% this year. This is the highest record of passes in the two core subjects in the history of the school with English at 59% and Maths at 54%.

Results remained consistently high across the board with 97% achieving A-G grades and an impressive 85% gained A*C five subjects.

Every one of 128 students who sat their GCSE examinations this year gained a qualification.

Headteacher Helen O’Sullivan said: “Students achieved the highest grades across all subjects and we are immensely proud of them. The staff, students and parents must be congratulated on their sustained hard work over the year and their full engagement in a range of additional activities provided by the College. We would like to show our appreciation to the Schools Challenge Cymru initiative whose investment allowed us to sustain and recruit staff which ultimately has supported these excellent results. We have made a firm commitment to improve attendance levels throughout the College and again this has contributed to the outstanding news today. These must be celebrated in context with more changes in education provision, higher expectations and examinations becoming more demanding and challenging than ever. Our GCSE results are testament to the exceptionally hard work of the students and the excellent tutelage by teachers throughout the College.”