Carmarthenshire school pupils are celebrating after topping the Welsh average A-level grades yet again.

Two of the undoubted stars were Ysgol Dyffryn Aman pair Ashley Walker and Dylan Gape, who achieved an incredible four A*s.

Some 99.4% of students gained A* to E grades compared with the Welsh average of 97.5%, showing a continuation of the high standards set in previous years, with 100% pass rates in many subjects.

In the combined top grades of A* and A, Carmarthenshire pupils performed higher than the national average achieving 23.7% compared to 23.3% across Wales.

Amongst numerous subjects at A* to E grade, Carmarthenshire had a pass rate of 100% including Welsh, both first and second language, English - language and literature, further maths, design and technology, history, geography, art and design and business studies.

Students have also excelled at AS Level, with 88.5% passing with A to E grades, compared to the Welsh average of 85.7%.

“We are again delighted with the A and AS results,” said Ysgol Dyffryn Aman headteacher Steve Perks.

“The School’s consistent success over recent years is a tribute to the hard work of our students, the support of parents and of course, to the dedication of our excellent staff at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman.

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr headteacher Julie Griffiths said she was delighted with the performance of her students.

“This is the first set of examination results for Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, and the high number of A* and A grades is particularly encouraging,” said Ms Griffiths.

“It is especially pleasing to see three of our students gaining places at Oxford University.

“All students who applied for university have secured places and we wish them every success.

“I would like to congratulate all students on their achievements and express my gratitude to staff for their hard work and to parents for their support over the year.”

Carmarthenshire County Council education executive board member Councillor Keith Davies said: “We are very proud of the efforts of all Carmarthenshire students, and on behalf of the council I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to them all.

“I also wish to acknowledge the dedication and support given to them by their schools, teaching and support staff and their families.”

He added: “As an authority, we are committed to investing our resources and energy in to our education system to ensure all young people have the chance of learning in supportive and modern environments which encourage them to succeed. Today’s results are a true reflection of this commitment.”