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August 19, 2011 3:16 PM

Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales and former secondary school teacher William Powell today congratulated the hardworking students of Powys on a "fantastic" set of A Level results.

William said: "This is a fantastic set of results for local students and I am really thrilled for all of them. As a former teacher and sixth form tutor, I have some understanding of what this all entails.

"A 97% pass rate is a truly incredible achievement and, with 52% of students achieving A*, A or B grades, Powys is significantly out-performing Wales as a whole.

"Credit must also go to staff at all the local Powys High Schools, who continue to do an amazing job for our young people.

"In particular, I would like to congratulate students and staff at my old school, Gwernyfed High School which achieved 64% of grades at A*, A or B.

"John Hopkins, the retiring headmaster of Gwernyfed, has been a major figure in Powys education for almost two decades. John has done a fantastic job for the local community, and for Powys as a whole, and I wish him all the best in his retirement. His successor, John Williams who takes up the reins in September, has an excellent legacy upon which to build.

"There are ongoing concerns about the future of our local 6th Forms in their current locations, following the Powys County Council consultation earlier in the year. However, with the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools project having undergone a radical rethink, and such a high A Level pass rate across the County, I can't think of a better argument for recognising quality and minimising disruption.

"Frankly, results of this quality speak for themselves and students, parents and staff should be proud of their achievements."