Top marks go to Tonypandy Community College students for gaining a place on the prestigious Seren Network.

The Welsh Government initiative is a network of regional hubs designed to support Wales’ brightest sixth formers achieve their academic potential and gain access to leading universities.

The three students to achieve the highest GCSE exam results this year and qualified to take part in the Network are Ffion Evans, Kate Griffiths and Kirstyn Evans.

 The Seren Network:

  • inspires students about future career aspirations – nurturing Wales’ talented students to give them the best possible education and training and make the most of the opportunities available to them
  • stretches and challenges students in the subjects they enjoy – attending subject-specific workshops to extend their depth of knowledge and creating a peer group of high achieving, like-minded students who are passionate about their subject
  • links students with leading UK universities, providing information on university courses and advice on how to choose between them. Also providing information on University Summer Schools, workshops and other activities taking place across the UK which might be of interest. There are also opportunities to interact directly with university staff and tutors and current undergraduates
  • provides hands-on support and advice – in preparation of UCAS applications and for university interviews and assessments, with mock interviews and feedback sessions
  • supports schools and teachers in providing the best information, advice and activities for their high achieving students

Paul Murphy, Ambassador for the Seren Network and former Torfaen MP said: “I’m always impressed by the ability, enthusiasm and potential of Welsh youngsters. Let’s make sure there’s no glass ceiling for them when it comes to their choice of University.”

Helen O’Sullivan, Headteacher at Tonypandy Community College added: “We are overjoyed by the level of success at this year’s GCSE results and are proud of our three top students who have now gained access to the Seren Network.

“Undoubtedly this excellent initiative will be of enormous benefit of them as they make many educational choices in the years to come which will impact on their future careers.”