School Categorisation 2019: How did Bridgend’s schools do?

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As you might remember, I recently wrote about a scrutiny committee report on the performance of Bridgend’s schools, with plenty of good news and some challenges too.

Last week, the Welsh Government published the latest school categorisations. As a reminder it works like this:

Schools in Wales are placed into four colour-coded categories which determines how much support a particular school needs to maintain or improve upon its current performance:

  • Green – A highly effective school requiring the minimum level of support at 4 days.
  • Yellow – An effective school which requires up to 10 days of support.
  • Amber – A school in need of improvement and requiring additional support of up to 15 days.
  • Red – A school which requires urgent improvement and more intensive support of up to 25 days; schools in this category are often at risk of being placed into special measures.

Here’s how Bridgend’s schools fared this year.

Green (28 schools)

  • Primary: Abercedin, Afon-y-Felin, Brackla, Bryncethin, Cefn Cribwr, Cefn Glas Infants, Coychurch, Cwmfelin, Garth, Litchard, Llangewydd, Maes yr Haul, Mynydd Cynffig, Newton, Oldcastle, Penybont, Pencoed, Penyfai CW, Porthcawl, St Mary’s & St Patrick’s RC, St Robert’s RC, St Mary’s RC, Tondu, West Park, Ysgol Cynwyd Sant
  • Secondary: Archbishop McGrath RC, Porthcawl, Ysgol Gyfun Llangynwyd

Yellow (22 schools)

  • Primary: Archdeacon John Lewis CW, Bettws, Blaengarw, Bryntirion Infants, Caerau, Coety, Corneli, Croesty, Ffaldau, Llangynwyd, Nantyfyllon, Nottage, Pil, Trelales, Tremains, Ysgol Bro Ogwr, Ysgol Cwm Garw, Ysgol Y Ferch o’r Sger
  • Secondary: Brynteg, Bryntirion, Cynffig, Pencoed

Amber (4 schools)

  • Primary: Brynmenyn, Nantymoel
  • Secondary: Coleg y Dderwen, Maesteg

Red (3 schools)

  • Primary: Plasnewydd, Ogmore Vale, Tynyrheol

How have things changed compared to last year?

Schools which have moved up at least one level compared to 2017-18

  • Primary: Afon-y-Felin, Archdeacon John Lewis CW, Bryncethin, Cefn Cribwr, Llangynwyd, Nantyfyllon, Penyfai CW, Tremains, Ysgol Cwm Garw, Ysgol Y Ferch o’r Sger
  • Secondary: Cynffig, Ysgol Gyfun Llangynwyd

Schools which have dropped at least one level compared to 2017-18

  • Primary: Nantymoel
  • Secondary: Brynteg, Bryntirion, Coleg y Dderwen, Pencoed
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