Headteachers across Barry are voicing their pleasure in the continued success of their schools, following the publication of the Welsh Government’s National School Categorisation System, which ranks schools based on how much support they need.
The system, set up in 2014, uses a colour coded scheme to place schools into one of four categories- green, yellow, amber, and red – with red requiring the most support, and aims to provide a clear structure to review how well a school is performing. It takes into consideration how effectively the school is led and managed, the quality of learning and teaching, and the level of support and challenge it needs to do better.
Both primary schools and secondary schools are analysed and the results showed some big successes in local education.
For the town’s secondary schools, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School and Whitmore High School, formerly the all-male Barry Comprehensive, all got a ‘yellow’ rating. But Pencoedtre High School, formerly Bryn Hafren Comprehensive, was given an ‘amber’ rating.
Gibbonsdown school Oak Field Primary and Nursery were one of the many primary schools in Barry awarded with a place in the top ‘green’ band and head teacher Ian Williams said he was delighted with the school’s consistent ‘green’ rating, especially after being threatened with closure in 2013.
“I have to give full credit to our tremendously supportive school community,” he said.
“The pupils, families, and all the staff are working together to help the pupils achieve their best.”
The other primary schools who joined Oakfield in the ‘green’ band included Barry Island Primary School, Jenner Park, Palmerston, Sully, and St Athan as well as Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, Sant Baruc, Sant Curig, Gwaun y Nant, Cadoxton, Romilly and All Saints CW primary schools.
Meanwhile, Gladstone, High Street, Holton, Rhws County, Gwenfo C/W and St Helen’s Catholic Primary schools were given a ‘yellow’ rating.
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.”
A spokesperson for the Vale of Glamorgan Council said: “This Welsh Government assessment once again reflects positively on Vale schools.