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.
GREEN CATEGORY SCHOOLS
- 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
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 – 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.
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.”