40 Schools in Cardiff have made the top “green” category in the latest Welsh Government schools performance ratings.
But five Cardiff schools are in the “red zone”. These include three secondary schools; Eastern High School, Glyn Derw High School and Michaelston Community College and two primary schools; Trelai Primary School and Trowbridge Primary School.
The Government’s report says these five schools will be given “immediate and intensive support” and they will receive at least 25 days of support in the next year.
The Welsh Government’s colour-coded system uses four categories – green, yellow, amber and red. Schools in the “green” category do not need much support while schools graded “red” need more support.
Overall Welsh schools have performed better since last year’s results with nearly a hundred more entering the “green zone”.
425 of the schools in Wales have been categorised as “green”. This is up from 333 last year.
Twelve fewer schools have been graded red, with the total falling from fifty-eight to forty-six.
But Rob Williams, Director of Policy for the National Association of Head Teachers Cymru (NAHT), the school leaders’ union for Wales, says:
“NAHT welcomes data that illustrates the progress being made by school leaders and their staff on behalf of their pupils.
“We still believe that for categorisation to work at its best, it needs to be part of a co-ordinated school improvement system in Wales, align with other processes and encourage and support a self-improving system.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said in a statement:
“This system is not about grading, labeling or creating crude league tables but about providing support and encouraging improvement in our schools. It is about putting schools into a position that helps them to identify areas they can strengthen and what they need to do achieve further improvements.”