Bandings for Gwent and Wales schools

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  • Wales school bandings announced this morning
  • We publish a full list of bandings for Gwent schools

2:35pm

Ellis Griffiths, headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw said he was delighted that they were in Band 2, saying: "This reflects a very good performance in the Level 2 + results (5 A* to C inclusive of GCSE Mathematics and either Welsh or English Language), which was 65% in 2013 (an 8% improvement on the 2012 result).

"The improved outcomes was a reflection of a very significant additional effort by the staff of the school to raise academic standards in 2012/13, which was successful in its outcomes. Sincere thanks to the pupils of the school, with great support from their parents in achieving very good results.

"The target for the school for 2014 will be to maintain and improve on these results in 2014 and in future years."

2:24pm

2:14pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ecky24 says

Great performance from Cwmcarn considering the upheaval of the last year. Very proud of the children and their teachers who never gave up the fight to get the school reopened.

2:24pm

Peter Jenkins, head teacher at Llanwern High School said he was delighted to go up two places.
“We were slightly disappointed to miss out on band 2 by just one point,” he said. “But it comes on the back of the best results the school has ever had. The consolation was that we were in the top 10 schools in terms of expectations in level 2, pupils getting five good GCSEs including English and maths.
“I think the whole philosophy of the school has had an awesome effect, the facilities and expectations are all major contributors and we are trying to put things in place to make sure that’s sustainable.”

2:09pm

Michael Conway, headteacher of Abersychan Comprehensive said: "Naturally we are disappointed to slip into Band 5, especially as we made progress in many of the key performance indicators in the summer examinations.

"Abersychan, like many schools, is on a journey of improvement and I am confident that we have the strategies in place to secure sustained improvement in the coming years, which I am sure will be reflected in an improvement in our banding position, starting in 2014."

2:07pm

Chepstow headteacher, Claire Price, said: “We are delighted with the progress our school is making, and this is an external validation of our performance.
“I know strong schools are built within strong systems and we will continue to work with all schools in the Local Authority and family to ensure students across Wales achieve the best outcomes possible.”

2:03pm

1:50pm

1:35pm

Helen Coulson, headteacher of Fairwater High School said: "Whilst we are pleased that the tremendous improvement in our GCSE results has been recognised, with us moving up to Band 3, we are slightly disappointed as we feel this does not fully reflect the improvements that have been made across all areas of our school. 

"However, we are confident, based on current tracking of pupil performance, that this time next year our continued improvements in Standards will place us in Band 1 or 2."

1:14pm

John Kendall, head teacher at Risca Comprehensive School, said that the school had moved up from band 3 to band 2 , following its best ever GCSE performance for the second successive year last summer.
“We always take most pride however in our impressive value-added data, and our focus remains firmly on the achievements and well-being of each individual child who joins us rather than on whole school figures.
“Nevertheless, when these individual successes lead to big improvements in the school's aggregated performance as in 2013 and 2012 it is encouraging for the whole school community, and our current pupils are not only eager to improve on the
achievements of last year's leavers, they are on track to do so.
“This is excellent news with which to end the year and everyone connected with our school should feel proud of this success.”

12:59pm

Head teacher of Caerleon Comprehensive School for four years, Tim Pratt, said he was pleased the school has moved from band 4 to band 2.
“It’s good to see the hard work of staff and students reflected in the new banding figures,” he said. “There was a certain amount of frustration last year and I guess the frustration is that the figures only reflect what’s happened with each successive Year 11.

“It’s not really a reflection on whether the school has changed. [This was] one of the best years we’ve had.
“We’ve done the typical bounce, we started in band 2, went to band 4 and are now back in band 2. It’s something that professionally I don’t want to take too much notice of but members of the public and my parents look at it and have a view on how the school is doing.”

12:58pm

12:53pm

12:50pm

THE deputy headteacher of Caldicot School, Gareth Whitcombe said pupils and staff were "delighted" that the school had again improved its banding position.  He said the move from Band 5 to Band 2 in two academic years was "testament to the professionalism of the staff, the commitment and determination of pupils and the very strong partnership with parents and the governing body."

"The move from Band 5 to Band 2 in two academic years is testament to the professionalism of the staff, the commitment and determination of pupils and the very strong partnership with parents and the Governing Body. 

"The results achieved by pupils at all Key Stages continue to rise with the Level 2 Threshold inc English and Mathematics (5 or more A*-C Grades – or equivalent - inc English and mathematics) showing a rise of 23% points from 2011 to 2013 and the Core Subject Indicator (A* - C Grade in English Mathematics and Science) increasing by 20% points over the same period. This places Caldicot School in the top 25% of similar school for both of these indicators. 

"The rising trend is also very evident at KS3 where 2013 results in all subjects were higher than in 2011 and continue to show a strong rising trend.  Many congratulations to all members of the school community who continue to work to maintain such high standards in all areas.”

12:42pm

South Wales Argus: NEW MINISTER: Wales' education minister Huw Lewis AM

Education and Skills Minister Huw Lewis said: "Banding data is crucial in helping us see how our schools are doing, allowing us to direct support to those schools which need the most help to improve.

"If we’re to improve the performance of schools across the board in Wales we need to both challenge and support them. Challenge if they’re underperforming or coasting, but offer the support they need, financially and through sharing best practice, to deliver the best results for our young people.

12:39pm

11:37am Thu 12 Dec 13

Goat Man says

Just heard Risca Comp in Band 2, the excellent improvement there continues.

12:38pm

Head teacher at Blackwood Comprehensive School, Ravi Pawar, who has been in post for four years, said: “It’s one single measure that’s used to judge and compare schools and the huge volatility year on year indicates that it’s got many flaws. As many schools go up as go down.”
The Caerphilly county school was in band 2 last year and is now in band 4.

12:31pm

12:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

DavidMclean says

Great improvement for Caerleon!

I remember as a kid (70s) Oakdale was always the mystical 'super school' that we envied. Shame to see the school lose its mystique. But 40 years is a long time!

12:30pm

Number of Gwent secondary schools by band in 2013:

Band 1 – 0
Band 2 – 10
Band 3 – 9
Band 4 – 10
Band 5 -  7

12:26pm

Here are the number of secondary schools across Wales by band in 2013:

Band 1 – 20
Band 2 – 62
Band 3 – 60
Band 4 – 51
Band 5 - 25

12:00pm

11:52am Thu 12 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says

Impressive to see Cwmcarn managed to improve their banding despite more than a year of disruption and long jouirneys to Ebbw Vale.

Here's to further improvement now that they're coming home.

12:00pm

No Gwent schools now are in band 1. Oakdale, Cwm Rhymni and St Albans all were demoted.

11:50am

Improvements for: Tredegar Comp, Cwmcarn, Risca Comp, Croesyceiliog, Fairwater High, Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Caldicot, Chepstow Comp, Caerleon Comp, Llanwern High

11:48am

Gwent school bandings 2012 2013
 
BLAENAU GWENT
 
Abertillery Comprehensive School 5 5
Brynmawr Foundation School 3 3
Tredegar Comprehensive School 5 3
 
CAERPHILLY 
 
Bedwas High School 4 5
Blackwood Comprehensive School 2 4
Cwmcarn High School 4 3
Heolddu Comprehensive School 4 5
Lewis Girls' Comprehensive School 4 2
Lewis School Pengam 4 3
Newbridge School 2 4
Oakdale Comprehensive School 1 4
Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School 3 4
Rhymney Comprehensive School 3 3
Risca Community Comprehensive School 3 2
St Cenydd School 4 4
St Martin's Comprehensive School 5 4
Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni 1 2
 
 TORFAEN 
 
Abersychan Comprehensive School 4 5
Croesyceiliog School 5 2
Fairwater High School 5 3
Llantarnam School 4 5
St Alban's R.C. High School 1 2
West Monmouth School 4 4
Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw 4 2
 
 
MONMOUTHSHIRE 
 
Caldicot School 3 2
Chepstow Comprehensive School 4 3
King Henry VIII Comprehensive School  5 5
Monmouth Comprehensive School 3 4
 
NEWPORT 
 
Bassaleg School 2 2
Caerleon Comprehensive School 4 2
Duffryn High School 3 4
Llanwern High School 5 3
Lliswerry High School 4 5
Newport High School  2 2
St Joseph's R.C.High School  2 3
St Julian's Comprehensive School 3 4

11:19am

The banding are based on an assessment of the following criteria:

  • The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics
  • The best eight GCSEs of pupils
  • The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics
  • Attendance

10:58am

BANDING information for all secondary schools in Wales will be released by the Welsh Government this morning.
Schools are graded from one (best) to five (worst). As part of the system, developed by former director of education in Newport and now director of school standards at the department for education in Welsh Government, Dr Brett Pugh, some schools must be in bands 4 or 5.
 

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11:37am Thu 12 Dec 13

Goat Man says...

Just heard Risca Comp in Band 2, the excellent improvement there continues.
Just heard Risca Comp in Band 2, the excellent improvement there continues. Goat Man

11:52am Thu 12 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

Impressive to see Cwmcarn managed to improve their banding despite more than a year of disruption and long jouirneys to Ebbw Vale.

Here's to further improvement now that they're coming home.
Impressive to see Cwmcarn managed to improve their banding despite more than a year of disruption and long jouirneys to Ebbw Vale. Here's to further improvement now that they're coming home. _Bryan_

12:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

DavidMclean says...

Great improvement for Caerleon!

I remember as a kid (70s) Oakdale was always the mystical 'super school' that we envied. Shame to see the school lose its mystique. But 40 years is a long time!
Great improvement for Caerleon! I remember as a kid (70s) Oakdale was always the mystical 'super school' that we envied. Shame to see the school lose its mystique. But 40 years is a long time! DavidMclean

12:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Cwmderi says...

David
Oakdale still retain the best banding result of all English Comprehensive schools in the whole of Greater Gwent and still retains, as you say, it's "mystical super school status".
A brilliant Head at the helm of a streamlined ship with a crew that continues on course at full speed ahead.
David Oakdale still retain the best banding result of all English Comprehensive schools in the whole of Greater Gwent and still retains, as you say, it's "mystical super school status". A brilliant Head at the helm of a streamlined ship with a crew that continues on course at full speed ahead. Cwmderi

1:16pm Thu 12 Dec 13

kez1968 says...

it's great headmasters praising the work of everyone and delighted when the banding as improved, and another headmaster blaming a very flawed system of banding for his drop in standards, there's one thing that does come out of this and that there is no school rated 1 in Gwent, that's a shame :(
it's great headmasters praising the work of everyone and delighted when the banding as improved, and another headmaster blaming a very flawed system of banding for his drop in standards, there's one thing that does come out of this and that there is no school rated 1 in Gwent, that's a shame :( kez1968

1:21pm Thu 12 Dec 13

I am deadly says...

Thanks to the Head / all the staff and pupils, on the superb improvement in bandings at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw - Proud - Thanks and keep the level up into the future.
Thanks to the Head / all the staff and pupils, on the superb improvement in bandings at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw - Proud - Thanks and keep the level up into the future. I am deadly

1:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Crazydad says...

I am soory to bring this down however the Argus is incorrect in its reporting which states 'The banding are based on an assessment of the following criteria:

•The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics
•The best eight GCSEs of pupils
•The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics
•Attendance '

The banding is based on whether the above figures have improved since the previous year, which in itself is misleading the public. If your school is achiveing the best results in academic achivement and attendance and minimal changes are seen e.g. a 1% where as if a school has a 5% increase in these figures then they will move up bands where as the school with a very small % increase will go down bands. The process ignores the fact that a school may be performing at the top end of the scale and only small improvements can actually be achieved it is almost a disincentive for a school to do well. If you underperform in one year and then increase performance the following year you will be rewarded with a better band.
I am soory to bring this down however the Argus is incorrect in its reporting which states 'The banding are based on an assessment of the following criteria: •The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics •The best eight GCSEs of pupils •The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics •Attendance ' The banding is based on whether the above figures have improved since the previous year, which in itself is misleading the public. If your school is achiveing the best results in academic achivement and attendance and minimal changes are seen e.g. a 1% where as if a school has a 5% increase in these figures then they will move up bands where as the school with a very small % increase will go down bands. The process ignores the fact that a school may be performing at the top end of the scale and only small improvements can actually be achieved it is almost a disincentive for a school to do well. If you underperform in one year and then increase performance the following year you will be rewarded with a better band. Crazydad

2:14pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ecky24 says...

Great performance from Cwmcarn considering the upheaval of the last year. Very proud of the children and their teachers who never gave up the fight to get the school reopened.
Great performance from Cwmcarn considering the upheaval of the last year. Very proud of the children and their teachers who never gave up the fight to get the school reopened. Ecky24

7:18pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Magor says...

Do Monmouthshire schools still get marked down because they have fewer pupils on free meals?
Do Monmouthshire schools still get marked down because they have fewer pupils on free meals? Magor

7:26pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

•The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics
•The best eight GCSEs of pupils
•The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics
•Attendance

....check out the BBC website where you'll find the banding of all the Welsh schools.......and no surprise......those in the Welsh speaking north have the greater number of Band 1 and 2....no bias there then?

Yet another meaningless stat introduced by politicians to prove how their constant meddling is improving things.....

With continually moving 'goal posts' ......in this case children....does this really provide parents any real idea how good the school is run......

it shouldn't be measuring pupils but teachers......how many passes do the pupils they've taught passed at grade A*......
•The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics •The best eight GCSEs of pupils •The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics •Attendance ....check out the BBC website where you'll find the banding of all the Welsh schools.......and no surprise......those in the Welsh speaking north have the greater number of Band 1 and 2....no bias there then? Yet another meaningless stat introduced by politicians to prove how their constant meddling is improving things..... With continually moving 'goal posts' ......in this case children....does this really provide parents any real idea how good the school is run...... it shouldn't be measuring pupils but teachers......how many passes do the pupils they've taught passed at grade A*...... Dave on his Soapbox

8:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Mwy Eira says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
•The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics
•The best eight GCSEs of pupils
•The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics
•Attendance

....check out the BBC website where you'll find the banding of all the Welsh schools.......and no surprise......those in the Welsh speaking north have the greater number of Band 1 and 2....no bias there then?

Yet another meaningless stat introduced by politicians to prove how their constant meddling is improving things.....

With continually moving 'goal posts' ......in this case children....does this really provide parents any real idea how good the school is run......

it shouldn't be measuring pupils but teachers......how many passes do the pupils they've taught passed at grade A*......
Bias ... what planet are you on? If the schools are all being banded using the same criteria how can there be bias? Sheeeesh. Perhaps it just proves a proves a point ;-) and you just can't accept it and have to come up with some sort of conspiracy theory.
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: •The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to Cs at GCSE including English or Welsh and mathematics •The best eight GCSEs of pupils •The performance of pupils at GCSE in English or Welsh and mathematics •Attendance ....check out the BBC website where you'll find the banding of all the Welsh schools.......and no surprise......those in the Welsh speaking north have the greater number of Band 1 and 2....no bias there then? Yet another meaningless stat introduced by politicians to prove how their constant meddling is improving things..... With continually moving 'goal posts' ......in this case children....does this really provide parents any real idea how good the school is run...... it shouldn't be measuring pupils but teachers......how many passes do the pupils they've taught passed at grade A*......[/p][/quote]Bias ... what planet are you on? If the schools are all being banded using the same criteria how can there be bias? Sheeeesh. Perhaps it just proves a proves a point ;-) and you just can't accept it and have to come up with some sort of conspiracy theory. Mwy Eira

8:46am Fri 13 Dec 13

namedropper says...

The School Bandings are a joke when levels of deprivation is taken into account.Performance alone should count.
The School Bandings are a joke when levels of deprivation is taken into account.Performance alone should count. namedropper

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