Stanwell School students picking up their GCSE results yesterday

Students at the top-rated Green-category school – Stanwell – picking up their GCSE results last summer. St Cyres is in the lower Yellow category

Only five schools in Penarth have been placed in this year’s Welsh Government colour-coded GREEN “Highly Effective” category – and they’re the  same schools which as achieved this category a year ago .

What the colour coded categories actually mean is given in the boxes on the right.


school band greenThey are :-

  • Albert Primary School : Green
  • Cogan Primary School : Green
  • Victoria Primary School: Green
  • Evenlode Primary School: Green
  • Stanwell Secondary School: Green


  • Fairfield Primary School Yellow
  • Ysgol Pen-y-Garth Yellow 
  • St. Joseph’s Rc Primary School Yellow
  • St Cyres Secondary School
Fairfield School moved up from the Orange category to the Yellow category

Fairfield School moved up from the Orange category to the Yellow category

The only change in the banding this year compared with last year is that Fairfield Primary School has been moved up from the lower Orange category to Yellow .

St Cyres Secondary school Penarth

St Cyres Secondary school Penarth

St Cyres – now housed in a the new £48,000,000 Penarth Learning Centre achieves only a yellow rating in spite of an improved performance in the GCSE examinations last summer.

Education Minister Huw Lewis attended the opening of the £48,000,000 St Cyres School - but the school is placed in the "must try hyarder" yerl;low cvategory

Education Minister Huw Lewis attended the opening of the £48,000,000 St Cyres School – but the school is placed in the “must try harder” yellow category

The Welsh Government’s Education Minister Huw Lewis said : “The system helps us to identify schools needing the most support and guidance, those doing well but that could be doing better, and those that are highly effective and can help others improve.

He claimed that “This is not about crude league tables or labelling schools –it is about directing the right support to schools that need it and ensuring improvements right across our school system. Ultimately it is about raising standards and supporting our schools to self-improve.”

Lewis – who steps down in May after what critics say has been an undistinguished stint as Wales’s education supremo – says “Categorisation is also a system that delivers for all learners. Schools cannot just rely on the performance of their top students as any school performing below the agreed minimum standard for its free school meal pupils will not been put into the green category.”


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  1. Frank Evans says:

    I wonder if the education ministers kids go to anyone of the top 5 schools? Or do they get the bus to Merthyr everyday.

  2. Philip Rapier says:

    Educashun! Educashun! Educashun! sadly is not going very well in monoglot England either. Where the mostly Englsh Public School run Cabinet cannot run…. erm . …Schools for…. erm…. the English Public!!??
    Are they World Class as they constantly refer to themselves? They certainly are not as
    “The International Business Times Reports Today…29 January 2016` extract below
    “YOUNG PEOPLE IN ENGLAND ARE THE MOST ILLITERATE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD with many students graduating with only a basic grasp of English and maths, an in-depth analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found.

    The OECD report rated English teenagers aged 16 to 19 the WORST of 23 developed nations in literacy and 22nd of 23 in numeracy. In contrast, pensioners or those close to retirement were among the highest-ranked of their age group.

    England had nine million people of working age with low literacy or numeracy skills, it said.
    The number of low-skilled people aged 16 to 19 was three times higher than in top-performing countries such as Finland, Japan, Korea and the Netherlands. SOUTH KOREA came top of the list for literacy — assessed by the ability to read and answer questions on a text — and numeracy.
    The report, based on 2012 data, said although half a million students had started degrees last autumn, money would be better spent cutting the number of undergraduates and investing in basic education.
    About one in five young university graduates could manage basic tasks, but struggled with more complex problems. The report concluded: “University teaching gives limited attention to low levels of literacy and numeracy. Graduates with low basic skills gain modest returns from their qualifications and will often not be able to repay their student debts. England has a large university system relative to a poorly skilled pool of potential entrants.”
    The study concluded that 7% of 20 to 34-year-old graduates in England have numeracy skills below level two, while 3.4% have literacy skills below this level. This means that they struggle to estimate how much petrol is left in a tank from looking at the gauge, or have difficulty understanding instructions on an aspirin bottle.”
    extract ends

    • Ralf says:

      Well thanks for all that guff but the article is about Penarth schools.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Guff is right. Diatribes of monotonous stream of consciousness more like. Should start a premium rate phone service you would make a fortune.

  3. Vince says:

    “will not been put”?

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