Tonypandy Community College is going out in style as the percentage of students who received 5 A* / A grades at GCSE has doubled in a year.

The outstanding success also marks the last day for Tonypandy Community College before its transformation into the 3-16 education facility called Ysgol Nantgwyn.

Results showed that 91 per cent of students achieved 5 GCSE A* – C grades or equivalent; 99 per cent achieved 5 GCSE A* – E or equivalent and 95 per cent achieved a Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Certificate.

Headteacher Nathan Prygodzicz said: “We are delighted with this incredible set of GSCE results and want to thank all of the staff, parents and in particular the students themselves for their commitment and determination to succeed.

“Their sustained hard work throughout the year has once again paid off. We simply couldn’t have wished for a better finale to Tonypandy Community College than receiving such exceptionally high exam results.

“I’m particularly pleased to see the excellent results reached in English and Maths which are the highest in the history of the College.”

A total of 60 per cent of students achieved C or above in Maths and 59 per cent achieved C or above in English language.

Over all 48 per cent of all students achieved 5 GCSEs including English and Maths.

Mr Prygodzicz added: “The percentage of students achieving 5 A*/A grades has doubled this year and many of those outstanding performances need to be celebrated. We are immensely proud of them”.

These include:

Josie Taylor – 15 A* / A and 2 B

Jake Rees – 13 A* / A and 2 B

Daphne Rosser – 11 A* / A, 4 B and 1 C

Mikaeli Thomas – 11 A* / A, 1 B and 4 C

Cariad Anne Gubbings – 10 A* / A, 4 B and 1 C

For over a century the many incarnations of the school has provided a first class education for tens of thousands of young people. From the early days of the original Higher Elementary Mixed School that opened in 1915 and the Grammar School that operated from 1944, the school later moved to its present site as Tonypandy Comprehensive School in 1978.

Mr Prygodzicz explained: “An enormous amount of people have been associated with our school over the generations because of the pivotal role it has played in nurturing the futures of an entire community.

“The opening of Ysgol Nantgwyn will provide an exciting and new chapter in the history of the town and we look forward with great anticipation for the new term.

“As we celebrate our GCSE and A-Level achievements this year, we can also look forward to an exciting future for education provision in the mid Rhondda.”