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The National School Categorisation System 2018 Results for West Wales

Today (31st January 2019) the Latest school categorisation results have been published and shows that there has been an improvement in school performance. Let’s find out how your Child’s School Did…..

The Results are out……How did you child’s school get rated? Are they in the Top or Bottom Schools in West Wales, well here we explain the rating system and give you the info about how your kids school ranked?


The School Categorisation System

In 2001 Wales decided to ban league tables for schools, although other parts of the UK retained this system.

After this, schools especially secondary schools started to preform worse in parts of Wales and some research suggested that the lack of naming and shaming badly performing school removed the pressure from them to improve.

Identifying there was a need to implement some sort of categorising system, in 2014 the National School Categorisation System was introduced across Wales. This system categorises schools in Wales into one of four colour-coded support categories to demonstrate the level of support they need – green, yellow, amber and red.

The purpose of these colour bands is not to create a league table or to label a school as good or bad, but more to help each school to focus on what they need and could improve on for their children to achieve more.


What information is used to place a school in a certain colour

The school’s exam results, their teacher assessment, the pupil’s attendance levels, wellbeing and the quality of teaching and learning and the schools itself assesses how they think they could improve.


Each Colour Band explained further


Means the school is highly effective, well run with strong leadership. Has clear priorities for improvement, can display a track record in raising standards and has the capacity to support other schools. Schools in this band receives 4 days support from the Welsh Government.


Means effective, they are already doing well and aware of the areas they need to improve in. If these schools identify the right support and take action, they have the potential to do even better. Schools in this band receive up to 10 days support from the Welsh Government


Means in need of improvement and needs help in identifying the steps requires to improve. Changes in these schools with the aid of the regional improvement service and the local authority and they will receive the full package of support available. Schools in this band receives up to 15 days support from the Welsh Government.


Means in need of greatest improvement and they will receive immediate and intensive support from the Regional improvement service and local authority. Their progress will be closely monitored to ensure that improvements happen quickly. Schools in this this band receives p to 25 days support a year from the Welsh Government.


2018 Results

These results for 2018 show that there are now more schools in the green and yellow categories when compared to last year.

In Wales as a whole 88.4 per cent of primary schools and 69.4 per cent of secondary schools are now in the green and yellow categories. This increase from last year continues the upward trend since 2015.

There has been a rise in the number of schools in the green category by 6.2 percentage points to 41.6 per cent.

The proportion of red schools has seen a small decrease by 0.1 per cent in the primary sector and a decreased by 1.8 percentage points in the secondary sector.

52.5 per cent of special schools have been categorised as green, and needing less support, with no schools categorised as red and in need of most support.


The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said:

“I’m pleased to see that even more of our schools are now in the green and yellow categories, continuing on with the upward trend we have seen over the past few years”

“These schools have a key role to play in supporting other schools to improve by sharing their expertise, skills and good practice”

“The system has become more sophisticated over time and now allows for a much broader range of factors about a school’s ability to improve to be taken into account – leading to a tailored programme of support and intervention which meets the needs of all pupils.”


Top and Bottom Schools in West Wales for 2018

We have listed all the information you will need about your local and regional primary and secondary schools here, simply click on the area you wish to see: –

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For Full List of All the School Results in Pembrokeshire Click Here

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