"It has not been an easy year for pupils and teachers across Wales, but our pupils have done their very best and made the Maesteg school community proud".
Pupils at Wellingborough School are today celebrating strong GCSE results.
While unsure of the exact progress score the school achieved, Ruth was confident it was an improvement on last year: "We know we've beaten that by quite a long way this year".
"Strong performing subjects included English, where 65% of students achieved the new Government Benchmark Grade 9-4".
He added: "I am so very proud of them all, and of the staff for their dedication and determination to ensure that the students succeed.
To have a grade 9 is beyond belief".
"These outstanding GCSE results will only enhance that reputation".
The top six students - Jenna Fullerton, Zaynab Ahmed, Elizabeth Williams, Harjeet Kang, Gabriella Cantwell and Ranita Rai - carry a stunning two 9's, five 8's, seven 7's, 10A*'s and 23A's between them.
Simon Marshall, Director for Education at Together for Children, said: "I'd like to congratulate all our GCSE pupils, their teachers and support staff for the results they achieved this year".
Seventy-three per cent of pupils at the specialist More House School in Frensham achieved grades A* to C, equivalent pass rate in their GCSE and BTEC-equivalent courses, which surpasses the reported national average. Both students achieved three grade 9s for English and mathematics - two of only 2,000 students in the country to do so.
Overall, 93 per cent of students were awarded grade 4 and above, closely equivalent to the previous grade C and above.
The 16-year-old said: "I never thought I'd get a 9 in English literature". In addition, 10% of pupils achieved a full set of A and A* grades and over 95% of all grades were A* to C.
Also special recognition to Sophie Fletcher who attained the highest possible mark, the new grade 9, in English literature.
Next year more subjects will be incorporated into the new system and by 2020 all subjects will be numerically graded.
"I couldn't be happier with the wonderful results our students have achieved, with 21% obtaining A* to A/9 to 8 grades and 92.3% achieving A* to C/9 to 4 grades in five or more subjects including Maths and English".