Pontypridd students are celebrating their excellent A-Level results as they picked up their grades on Thursday morning.
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Y Pant Comprehensive, Hawthorn High School, Pontypridd High School, Ysgol Llanhari and Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg have all reported excellent results for their 2016 pupils.
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive
The school reported that 33.9% of pupils received an A* or A grades or equivalent, 77.4% of pupils had grades ranging from A* to C, and 99.4% of students had grades within the A* to E boundary.
Joseph Holland, the school's head boy last year, will study at Cambridge University come September thanks to his four straight A* grades. He will study Engineering at the prestigious university.
Jason Boldero, the school's deputy head boy, received three A* grades and one A. He will study Automotive Engineering at the University of Bath.
Abigail Francis, the school's head girl, has two A* grades, one B and one C to her name, and she will study Biochemistry at Cardiff University.
Headteacher Debra Baldock said: "Congratulations to all our students and thank you to our fantastic staff for working so hard to achieve such a pleasing set of results."
Y Pant Comprehensive
Students and teachers at Y Pant celebrated one of the school’s most successful years ever at A-Level as 30% of all the available grades coming in at A* or A. In total, 82% of all grades were ranging from A* to C.
Top of the class with at least 3A* and one A grade were Jess Collins, Katie Crook, Ellie Matthews, Lucy McCarthy, Rachael Sinclair and Kiera White.
Meanwhile, Juliet Johns has secured a place at Oxford University to study Biomedical Engineering having gained her 3A* grades.
Joseph Kuck, assistant headteacher, said: "These fantastic results were the outcome of incredibly hard work and commitment on behalf of all the students and their teachers along with the invaluable support of their parents.
"It is a proud day for the school and for the families of these young people and we wish them the very best for the future."
Hawthorn High School
Hawthorn High School was also celebrating as 100% of students achieved A* to E grades, a 12% improvement in two years.
Every student achieved at least a C grade, and 25% achieved an A* grade.
Top performers included Hannah Price who achieved two A* and one A grade - and she's going on to study Architecture at Cardiff University.
Car Lum Sum will be reading Business Management at Cardiff University, while Lewis Thomas will be reading Physics at Exeter.
Toby Davies will study Geography at Southampton and Kane Hocking secured an unconditional offer from Coventry University to study Journalism.
Huw Thomas is taking a prestigious engineering apprenticeship at GE.
Headteacher Jason Hicks said: "We are very proud of the continuing success of our students in the sixth form and we are especially delighted this year that so many of them have achieved the results that they required to attend the Universities of their choice.
"This is testament to the hard work of staff and students alike over the duration of their studies.
"The ongoing success of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate at the school leaves me more confident than ever that they are fully prepared for the challenges that will be provided by higher education and the continuing and very significant improvements at GCSE at the school in recent years leaves more students well placed to follow in their footsteps.
"With the numerous site and sports development projects that are taking place this summer the future looks very bright for pupils of all ages at Hawthorn."
Pontypridd High School
Pontypridd High School students contributed to a 7% increase in the number of A* and A grades awarded in 2016 - with 39% of pupils reaching the top grades.
Head girl Lowri Wilkshire led by example in gaining two A* and two A grades, and head boy Lewis Hooper also excelled with one A, two B and two C grades.
Meanwhile Joseph Isingrini will now take up his place studying Music at Jesus College at Oxford University having gained four A grades.
George Trilloe (2A*, 2A), Sophie Jenkins (2A*, 1A, 1B), Tristan Horton (3A, 1B, 1C), Zoe Brooks (1A*, 1A, 2B) and Jack Davidson (1A*, 1A, 2B, 1C) achieved some more of the school's top marks.
Jonathan Evans (2A*, 1B, 1D), Anne Marie Wattley (1A, 2B, 1C) Seren Williams (2A, 2C), Georgia Landeg (1A, 2B, 1D), Reagan Medcraft (1A*, 1A, 1B), Amy Davies (2A, 1B) and Teigan Jones (2A, 1C) also excelled.
Huw Cripps, the school's headteacher, said: "I am very much aware that for many of us this success is the result of working in partnership with each family for seven years or more. As always the commitment from all students, staff and the support of each family is greatly appreciated."
In congratulating parents, staff and pupils Bill Davies, chairman of governors at the school, added: "We thank those students who are now leaving us for their contribution to our school and wish them well as they move on to new challenges beyond Pontypridd High."
Ysgol Llanhari was celebrating on Thursday as every single on of its sixth form students has at least two A-Levels to their name.
Meanwhile, 25% of the grades achieved by the cohort were A* and A grades, and the school was delighted that 72% of all grades achieved were within the A* to C boundary.
A statement from the school said: "We are very pleased that all pupils have achieved their potential and that their hard work has been rewarded.
"Pupils have excelled in the traditional academic subjects as well as in vocational qualifications.
"Congratulations to all pupils and staff and we wish the pupils every success in the future as they embark on careers or further their education at universities and colleges far and wide."
Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg
Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg has congratulated its students following their excellent A-Level results.
Gruffydd Bowen-Jones, Carys Rees, Dafydd Roberts, Eleri Roberts and Louie Sellwood were among the school's star pupils - all of them achieved two or more grades at an A* or A grade, and they all achieved the Higher Diploma award for the Welsh Baccalaureate.
A statement from the school said: "Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg would like to congratulate our A Level candidates and thank all parents and staff for their support, hard work and commitment in aiding the students to achieve an excellent set of results.
"Ninety-two per cent of those entered achieved two or more A level grades or equivalent, and 29% of all grades attained in Level 3 courses including the Welsh Baccalaureate were awarded an A* or A grade.
"Our A*-C figure was 70%.
"We are extremely proud of the achievements of all of our students.
"We are delighted that nearly all candidates that applied to University have secured a chosen place and are now preparing to take the next step in their careers. We wish them all the very best and congratulate them on their efforts."
Talented students from Pontypridd and the surrounding areas have returned to school to receive their GCSE results.
On Thursday morning Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School, Ysgol Garth Olwg, Pontypridd High, Hawthorn High, Y Pant Comprehensive, Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive and Ysgol Llanhari welcomed their Year 11 students.
Cardinal Newman School
Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive School has recorded its sixth set of record-breaking results in as many years, with more than 70% of students achieving at least five GCSEs including Maths and English.
Also, every single one of its pupils achieved at least five GCSEs.
Lowri Davies (12A*), Isabelle Harris (7A*, 6A, 1B) and Joseph Jones (7A*, 6A and 1C) were among the school's top pupils.
Headteacher Justin O'Sullivan said: "I am extremely pleased with the results this year.
"We have a number of high flyers who have done very well indeed. This year group have worked very hard and deserve the results they have got.
"I am especially proud of the fact that every single pupil in the school got at least five GCSEs.
"This is testament to the fact that as a Catholic school we care for the needs of every individual regardless of ability.
"The vast majority of pupils will be returning to us in the sixth form, I wish them luck in their A-Level studies and I look forward to celebrating their success again in two years time."
Ysgol Garth Olwg
At Ysgol Garth Olwg, 96% of Year 11 students achieved five or more A* to C grades, or equivalents, and 66% achieved those grades including Welsh or English and mathematics. That is the highest result in the school's history.
Some 90 students also achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma.
Star performers included Carys Bowen, Caitlin Brown, Elena Edwards, Niamh Jenkins, James Knott, Daniel Parry, Awen Rhys, Joe Thomas, Nyasha Thomas, Lucas Watts, Tomos West and Ethan Williams - who all achieved 10 or more A* or A grades.
A statement from the school said: "Ysgol Garth Olwg would like to congratulate our GCSE and BTEC candidates on their results and thank all parents and staff for their support in aiding the students to achieve an excellent set of results.
"But – success doesn’t come without hard work!
"We congratulate and thank our highly committed staff for all their hard work throughout the year and for ensuring that pupils can achieve these excellent results! Da iawn bawb!"
Pontypridd High School
Pontypridd High School students were also making history at their school, and delighted headteacher Huw Cripps thanked his pupils.
He said: "At the beginning of Year 10 in 2014 we set our pupils the challenge of achieving the best ever GCSE results and to their credit they have done that and more.
"I am absolutely delighted for every one of them as are all of the staff.
"All pupils have achieved a significant number of qualifications with 100% passing with five or more grades at A* to C. Within this, 40% of the pupils in the year group achieved at least one grade at A* or A and 10 pupils achieved a minimum of 10 A* and A grades each.
"It is no surprise that the total % of passes at A* and A grades has increased again from last year.
"Significantly the number of pupils who have achieved five A* to C passes including English and Maths has risen from 53% to 62%.
"These results prove what talent we have and what a fantastic way to end the 2015/16 school year!
"We very much look forward to welcoming such well qualified and committed pupils back to our Sixth Form on September 5."
Atalya Edwards, Zoe Evans, Taylor Ferguson, Logan Hill, Frances Hoey, Jessica Howells Mullen, Bethany Howells, Adam Jones, Elis Pryse and Ciara Richards all achieved 10 or more A* and A grades each.
Hawthorn High School
Over at Hawthorn High School, 96% of pupils received five or more A* to C grades - also the best result in the school's history.
More than 61% students achieved at least five GCSEs including English and Mathematics, which represents a 21% increase in the last two years.
Also recording best-ever results for the school were English and Maths departments, with 67% and 64% of pupils gaining a C grade or better.
Star performers included Katie Waits who achieved 12 A* or A grades, Benjamin Lam who gained 10 A* or A grades and Atiah Akhtar, and Lauryn Davies, Clara Jenkins, Cerian Garnish, Callum Johnson, Penny Walsh, Calista Davies, Ashley Dorsett-Morgan and Carys Durham for their excellent performances.
Headteacher Jason Hicks said: "These are the best GCSE results ever at Hawthorn High School in a whole range of subjects including English and Maths and we are immensely proud of the young people who have achieved them.
"To see our results improve for the third consecutive year by 12% is a huge achievement and we are close to a 100% improvement in performance at GCSE by comparison with results four years ago.
"This has been a real team effort between staff, parents, pupils and governors and I would like to thank them all for their hard work and support.
"The school continues to move from strength to strength in its efforts to provide health, happiness and success for all the young people in its care."
Y Pant Comprehensive
Y Pant Comprehensive Pupils also celebrated the best set of GCSE results in their school's history, with 78% of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades including Maths and English. That is a 3% increase on the school's past best result.
Almost a third of pupils received five A grades or better - with 21% getting eight A grades or better.
Noah Evans, Spencer Mehta, Ella White, Frankie Mitchell, Christina Chen, Emily McCann, Erin Roberts, Sophie Wellington, Fiona Wistow and Daniel Schoen all achieved 9A* grades or better.
Headteacher Mark Powell said: "This is a fantastic set of results, an extremely proud day for everyone connected with Y Pant.
"The pupils in this year group have demonstrated huge commitment to their academic studies and have reaped the rewards.
"They have truly been a delight to teach and deserve all the accolades that come their way.
"Many congratulations to them and, on their behalf, many thanks to the teachers and support staff for their hard work and to all the parents for their continual support."
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School headteacher Debra Baldock said the school was "absolutely thrilled" with the school's GCSE results.
In total, 73.7% of students achieved grades A*-C in English and 98.7% achieved grades A* to C in Science.
The school also saw 64.9% of students gain at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and Maths.
All of the areas saw a new school record set by the 2016 cohort of students.
The headteacher added: "Congratulations to all our students and a huge thank you to my amazing staff for working so hard to ensure the best possible outcomes for so many individuals."
Star student Katie Francis achieved seven GCSEs at grade A*, as well as four As.
The Year 11 group at Ysgol Llanhari ensured that every single pupil gained five A* to C grades at GCSE, or equivalent qualifications, in 2016.
Meanwhile, 80% of the pupils achieved the same grades including English, Welsh and Maths, and 21% achieved five or more A* or A grades.
Seven pupils achieved A* or A grades in at least 12 subjects, and 96% of the pupils achieved an A*-C grade in either Welsh or English.
A statement from the school said: "The school celebrated yet another set of excellent examination results which saw pupils across the ability range achieving their goals, reflecting their dedication to their studies.
"The boys have been leading the way this year at Llanhari as the school bucks the national trend with boys outperforming the girls in many key indicators.
"Staff and parents are delighted that the pupils have fulfilled their potential and look forward to welcoming them back to the sixth form where they can further build on this firm foundation for their future studies. Congratulations!"
The school's top performers included Llew Beca Harry and Beca Ellis.