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The Trinity Mirror Media Group – publishers of the Western Mail , South Wales Echo and WalesonLine – has released its annual  “Real School Guide” – listing the top ten state secondary schools in Wales .

Stanwell School in Penarth has emerged in the third-place slot just behind Cardiff High School in 1st plan ce and Olchfa High in Swansea in second

Stanwell School

Stanwell School

The full listings are :-

1 Cardiff High School, Cardiff

2 Olchfa School, Swansea

3 Stanwell School, Vale of Glamorgan

4 Bryntirion Comprehensive, Bridgend

5 Llantwit Major School, Vale of Glamorgan

6 Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Cardiff

7 Bishop Of Llandaff Church In Wales High School, Cardiff

8 Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil

9 Bishopston Comprehensive, Swansea

10 Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Carmarthenshire

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  1. Lindsay says:

    There are 205 secondary schools in Wales and 2 of the top 5 are in the Vale of Glamorgan area. Well done to the schools and the local authority.

    • Peter Church says:

      I would love to know if these two schools have the average ethnic mix for Wales/UK?
      I suspect they don’t because as I live near Stanwell you never see any kids other than white middle class ones. But are the parents being racist here? of course they aren’t!
      They just want the best for little Sebastian and Jemima.

      • Lindsay says:

        Just accept that all concerned are doing well Peter. No need to look for a negative slant.

      • Ann Other says:

        Nasty-minded class prejudice accompanied by the usual hatred of excellence.

      • Frank Evans says:

        Isn’t all the top schools mostly white middle class in areas where house prices are 2 or 3 times the median? Not sure if this is correlation or causation!

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    Gorau arf arf dysg !!

  3. Jeremy says:

    Take it with a pinch of salt – not one school from West Wales, Mid Wales or North Wales? You have to question the survey.

    • Lindsay says:

      I thought Olchfa came second.

    • Lindsay says:

      Oh yes, and Bishopston was ranked 9th and YGG Bro Myrddyn 10th. They’re all there if you care to look.

      • Lyndsay Doyle says:

        To be quite correct, they’re not ALL there. Nothing from Mid or North Wales, as suggested.

    • Lindsay says:

      Maybe we’re viewing the list differently, Lyndsay, but they’re all on mine. In fact, all 210. I must have missed 5 of them! Whatever the semantics, it’s a great achievement by local schools.

      • Lyndsay Doyle says:

        I see only ten listed schools. So clearly you are looking at a list which cannot be viewed here, and when someone comments on the list that IS shown here, you take them to task. You are a contrary chap. Is it a hobby?

      • Keith Inker says:

        The article states that the “Real School Guide” lists the top ten schools in Wales. It then shows the “full listing”. On the basis of the information given, it is perfectly reasonable to point out that the schools listed are mainly in the south of Wales. That is a pertinent observation.

    • Lindsay says:

      I don’t want this to get out of hand and I’m disappointed that you view my comments as contrary. The front page lists the top ten schools only for the sake of brevity. A few clicks and the complete list of Welsh schools is revealed. It so happens that the top 10 ranked schools are in South Wales but, nevertheless, they are the top 10 out of 210 in the whole of Wales. It is fairly easy to find out how the other 200 are ranked. If I take anyone to task it is for turning a reason to celebrate the achievements of a few local schools into another opportunity to have a mean spirited grouse. Unlike some others, my contributions here are not a hobby, merely a largely vain attempt to bring some fairness and balance to the debate. Lest we forget, fairness and balance are PDN watchwords.

      • Doctor David says:

        Lindsay, most of the contributors to PDN will be basing their comments on the content of the article, which, as clearly shown, lists the top ten. There is no mention of a fuller list. Jeremy remarked that there was no representation from certain other areas, referring of course, to the top ten schools listed, and you contradicted him, even though his remark was reasonable and legitimate.
        In fact, the first 9 on the list are all in what was the former county of Glamorganshire. That observation alone is worthy of comment.
        Furthermore, there is no mention here of how these results were obtained – the criteria for assessing which are the best schools. I would assume this would be ascertained by comparing academic results, but this is not clear, and may be influenced by the pupil/staff ratio, the expenditure per pupil, and other factors.
        While I applaud our own local school for achieving a third place in this list, it does make me wonder if this is at the expense of pupils in rural areas of Mid Wales and in North Wales. If our education system in Wales favours more affluent areas then there are grounds for concern.
        If you are seeking to bring fairness and balance to the debate, Lindsay, then don’t counter reasonable comments with obfuscation. The top nine are clustered in a rather small geographical area, which shows that areas outside this cluster do not achieve as much. This means that they do not necessarily attract the best teachers, and that can create a continuing cycle of under-achievement. This should be a matter of concern, because while we congratulate ourselves on the high standards of some, it may be at the expense of others. Pointing out such imbalances in the system is quite fair, and your dismissal of this hardly rings with impartiality. You should take that on board before you criticise others.

      • Lindsay says:

        210 schools were ranked, throughout Wales. 2 of the top 20 are in the VoG area. That’s enough for me. Congratulations to all concerned.

      • Doctor David says:

        Lindsay, it’s a shame you choose to ignore the issues I have raised. Hit-and-run tactics like yours hint at point scoring rather than true engagement. ‘Fairness and balance’ is your smokescreen, and I find myself agreeing with Lyndsay Doyle about your hobby.

      • Lindsay says:

        Please don’t try to tell me that this is a forum for reasonable debate. This is s simple good news story amongst a torrent of negativity and abusive language. You are welcome to the last word if that’s what you want

      • Lyndsay Doyle says:

        …Which confirms that you like to score points – reactive thinking, tricks and games.

  4. CelticMan says:

    Some of the negativity displayed here beggars belief! Why not say – well done and be proud of the achievement?

  5. Lindsay says:

    I agree completely but I guess it doesn’t fit the agenda.

  6. Sarah says:

    Fantastic result – Well done to everyone.

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