School banding shows best and worst performers in Wales

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All secondary schools in Wales have been placed in a banding group of between one and five.

It's an assessment of a school's performance in the academic year 2010-11, with Band 1 being the best and Band 5 the worst.

The banding works by assessing school performance within four broad categories to produce an overall score:

  • 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

Within each category, a school's score is modified to take into account the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals.

Most of the categories also take into account a school's progress over time, to reward schools that are making improvements in performance.

Within the four broad categories, schools are scored on 12 separate measures in total.

School Local authority Band % Achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs including English or Welsh + Maths (2010)
Blaenau Gwent

Ebbw Vale Comprehensive

Blaenau Gwent

Band 2

36

Brynmawr Foundation School

Blaenau Gwent

Band 3

49

Abertillery Comprehensive

Blaenau Gwent

Band 4

30

Glyncoed Comprehensive

Blaenau Gwent

Band 4

53

Tredegar Comprehensive School

Blaenau Gwent

Band 5

30

Bridgend

Porthcawl Comprehensive School

Bridgend

Band 1

58

Archbishop McGrath Catholic School

Bridgend

Band 2

52

Cynffig Comprehensive

Bridgend

Band 2

54

Maesteg Comprehensive School

Bridgend

Band 3

42

Ynysawdre Comprehensive School

Bridgend

Band 3

41

Brynteg School

Bridgend

Band 5

61

Bryntirion Comprehensive.

Bridgend

Band 5

50

Ogmore School

Bridgend

Band 5

29

Pencoed Comprehensive

Bridgend

Band 5

42

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd

Bridgend

NA

NA

Caerphilly

Newbridge School

Caerphilly

Band 1

62

Oakdale Comprehensive

Caerphilly

Band 1

53

Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni

Caerphilly

Band 1

54

St Martin's School

Caerphilly

Band 2

49

Cwmcarn High School

Caerphilly

Band 3

61

Heolddu Comprehensive School

Caerphilly

Band 3

36

Pontllanfraith Comprehensive

Caerphilly

Band 3

47

Rhymney Comprehensive School,

Caerphilly

Band 3

35

Bedwas High School

Caerphilly

Band 4

34

Blackwood Comprehensive School

Caerphilly

Band 4

39

Lewis School Pengam

Caerphilly

Band 4

40

Lewis Girls' Comprehensive School

Caerphilly

Band 5

43

Risca Community Comprehensive

Caerphilly

Band 5

32

St Cenydd School

Caerphilly

Band 5

41

Cardiff

Mary Immaculate High School

Cardiff

Band 1

24

The Bishop of Llandaff

Cardiff

Band 1

75

Cardiff High School

Cardiff

Band 2

81

Fitzalan High School

Cardiff

Band 2

26

Llanishen

Cardiff

Band 2

60

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Cardiff

Band 2

68

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

Cardiff

Band 2

64

Cathays High School

Cardiff

Band 3

35

Corpus Christi Catholic High School

Cardiff

Band 3

63

Llanedeyrn High

Cardiff

Band 3

28

Radyr Comprehensive School

Cardiff

Band 3

80

St. Illtyd's Catholic High School

Cardiff

Band 3

40

Whitchurch High School

Cardiff

Band 3

51

Michaelston Community College

Cardiff

Band 4

22

Rumney High School

Cardiff

Band 4

33

St Teilo's C-in-W High School

Cardiff

Band 4

58

Cantonian High School

Cardiff

Band 5

26

Glyn Derw High School

Cardiff

Band 5

16

Llanrumney High School

Cardiff

Band 5

24

Willows High School

Cardiff

Band 5

20

Carmarthenshire

Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Carmarthenshire

Band 1

46

Bryngwyn School

Carmarthenshire

Band 2

61

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin

Carmarthenshire

Band 2

73

Ysgol Tre-Gib

Carmarthenshire

Band 2

69

Dyffryn Taf

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

52

Glan-y-Mor School

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

37

Queen Elizabeth High School

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

53

St John Lloyd Catholic Comp School

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

54

Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

54

Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

69

Ysgol Y Gwendraeth

Carmarthenshire

Band 3

31

Coedcae Comprehensive School

Carmarthenshire

Band 4

34

Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn

Carmarthenshire

Band 4

45

Ysgol Gyfun Maes-Yr-Yrfa

Carmarthenshire

Band 4

75

Ceredigion

Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan

Ceredigion

Band 2

59

Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig

Ceredigion

Band 2

76

Penglais School

Ceredigion

Band 3

43

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi

Ceredigion

Band 3

43

Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi

Ceredigion

Band 4

50

Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron Comprehensive

Ceredigion

Band 4

43

Ysgol Uwchradd Tregaron

Ceredigion

Band 5

48

Conwy

Eirias High School

Conwy

Band 1

66

Ysgol Aberconwy

Conwy

Band 2

40

Ysgol Bryn Elian

Conwy

Band 2

56

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy

Conwy

Band 2

46

Ysgol Y Creuddyn

Conwy

Band 2

66

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

Conwy

Band 3

44

Ysgol John Bright

Conwy

Band 4

50

Denbighshire

Ysgol Dinas Bran

Denbighshire

Band 1

46

Prestatyn High School

Denbighshire

Band 2

47

St Brigid's Secondary

Denbighshire

Band 2

75

Ysgol Brynhyfryd

Denbighshire

Band 2

58

Blessed Edward Jones High Sch

Denbighshire

Band 3

18

Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd

Denbighshire

Band 3

63

Denbigh High School

Denbighshire

Band 4

24

Rhyl High School

Denbighshire

Band 4

31

Flintshire

Castell Alun High School

Flintshire

Band 1

76

Flint High School

Flintshire

Band 2

53

Hawarden High School

Flintshire

Band 2

72

John Summers High School

Flintshire

Band 2

30

Maes Garmon

Flintshire

Band 2

65

Argoed School

Flintshire

Band 3

77

Connah's Quay High School,

Flintshire

Band 3

65

Elfed High School

Flintshire

Band 3

63

St. David's High School

Flintshire

Band 3

59

Alun School

Flintshire

Band 4

51

Holywell High School

Flintshire

Band 4

45

St. Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

Flintshire

Band 4

63

Gwynedd

Ysgol Brynrefail

Gwynedd

Band 1

45

Ysgol Tryfan

Gwynedd

Band 1

57

Ysgol Botwnnog

Gwynedd

Band 2

71

Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen Bethesda

Gwynedd

Band 2

36

Ysgol Glan y Mor

Gwynedd

Band 2

69

Ysgol Y Gader

Gwynedd

Band 2

52

Ysgol Y Moelwyn

Gwynedd

Band 2

53

Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle

Gwynedd

Band 3

47

Ysgol Eifionydd

Gwynedd

Band 3

55

Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn

Gwynedd

Band 3

58

Ysgol Ardudwy

Gwynedd

Band 4

56

Ysgol Friars

Gwynedd

Band 4

54

Ysgol Y Berwyn

Gwynedd

Band 4

57

Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen

Gwynedd

Band 5

41

Isle of Anglesey

Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni

Isle of Anglesey

Band 1

56

Ysgol David Hughes

Isle of Anglesey

Band 3

61

Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones

Isle of Anglesey

Band 3

43

Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern

Isle of Anglesey

Band 5

49

Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi

Isle of Anglesey

Band 5

28

Merthyr Tydfil

Cyfarthfa High School

Merthyr Tydfil

Band 2

44

Pen-y-Dre High School

Merthyr Tydfil

Band 2

29

Bishop Hedley High School

Merthyr Tydfil

Band 4

34

Afon Taf High School

Merthyr Tydfil

Band 5

31

Monmouthshire

Chepstow Comprehensive School

Monmouthshire

Band 3

51

King Henry VIII Comprehensive

Monmouthshire

Band 3

55

Monmouth Comprehensive School

Monmouthshire

Band 3

54

Caldicot School

Monmouthshire

Band 5

48

Neath Port Talbot

Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 1

58

Cwmtawe Community School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 1

51

Dyffryn School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 1

51

Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera

Neath Port Talbot

Band 1

59

Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 2

39

Dwr Y Felin Comprehensive School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 2

53

Llangatwg Community School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 2

58

Sandfields Comprehensive School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 2

30

Cymer Afan Comprehensive School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 3

26

St Joseph's RC School and 6th Form Centre

Neath Port Talbot

Band 3

61

Glan Afan Comprehensive School

Neath Port Talbot

Band 4

53

Newport

St. Joseph's R.C. High School

Newport

Band 1

58

Caerleon Comprehensive School

Newport

Band 2

77

Bassaleg School

Newport

Band 3

72

Duffryn High School

Newport

Band 3

35

Hartridge Comprehensive School

Newport

Band 3

32

Lliswerry High School

Newport

Band 4

30

Newport High School

Newport

Band 4

28

St Julian's Comprehensive School

Newport

Band 4

44

Pembrokeshire

Ysgol Y Preseli

Pembrokeshire

Band 1

64

Sir Thomas Picton School

Pembrokeshire

Band 3

51

Ysgol Dewi Sant

Pembrokeshire

Band 3

51

Milford Haven School

Pembrokeshire

Band 4

37

Pembroke School

Pembrokeshire

Band 4

38

Tasker-Milward V.C. School

Pembrokeshire

Band 4

41

Ysgol Bro Gwaun

Pembrokeshire

Band 4

44

Ysgol Greenhill School

Pembrokeshire

Band 4

47

Powys

Builth Wells High School

Powys

Band 2

54

Llandrindod High School

Powys

Band 2

63

Llanfyllin High School

Powys

Band 2

69

Newtown High School

Powys

Band 2

48

Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion High School

Powys

Band 2

64

Brecon High School

Powys

Band 3

56

Crickhowell High School

Powys

Band 3

68

Llanidloes High School

Powys

Band 3

73

Welshpool High School

Powys

Band 3

60

Gwernyfed High School

Powys

Band 4

54

Ysgol Bro Ddyfi

Powys

Band 4

60

John Beddoes School

Powys

Band 5

54

Ysgol Maesydderwen

Powys

Band 5

44

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Aberdare Girls' School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 1

38

Treorchy Comprehensive School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 1

59

Cardinal Newman R.C.

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 2

43

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 2

36

Y Pant Comprehensive

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 2

66

Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 3

52

St.John Baptist High School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 3

69

Aberdare High School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

32

Blaengwawr Comprehensive

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

29

Ferndale Community School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

22

Hawthorn High School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

38

Porth County Community

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

33

Tonypandy Community College

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

38

Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

30

Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

50

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 4

50

The Pontypridd High School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 5

43

Tonyrefail School

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 5

33

Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Band 5

57

Swansea

Bishop Gore School

Swansea

Band 1

51

Bishop Vaughan School

Swansea

Band 1

46

Bishopston Comprehensive

Swansea

Band 1

83

Cefn Hengoed

Swansea

Band 1

36

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr

Swansea

Band 1

74

Olchfa School

Swansea

Band 2

74

Birchgrove

Swansea

Band 3

39

Dylan Thomas Community School

Swansea

Band 3

16

Penyrheol Comprehensive School

Swansea

Band 3

55

Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

Swansea

Band 3

60

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe

Swansea

Band 3

66

Gowerton Comprehensive School

Swansea

Band 4

50

Daniel James Community School

Swansea

Band 5

19

Morriston Comprehensive

Swansea

Band 5

58

Pentrehafod School

Swansea

Band 5

32

The Vale of Glamorgan

Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 1

73

Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 2

42

Cowbridge Comprehensive School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 2

81

Stanwell School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 2

71

St Cyres School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 3

53

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 3

55

Barry Comprehensive School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 4

39

Llantwit Major School

The Vale of Glamorgan

Band 4

57

Torfaen

Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

Torfaen

Band 3

64

Abersychan Comprehensive

Torfaen

Band 4

35

Croesyceiliog School

Torfaen

Band 4

55

Fairwater High School

Torfaen

Band 4

33

Llantarnam School

Torfaen

Band 4

35

St. Albans R.C. High School

Torfaen

Band 4

60

West Monmouth School

Torfaen

Band 4

34

Wrexham

St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican High

Wrexham

Band 1

62

Ysgol Rhiwabon

Wrexham

Band 1

38

Darland High School

Wrexham

Band 2

64

The Maelor School

Wrexham

Band 2

58

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd

Wrexham

Band 2

57

Ysgol Y Grango

Wrexham

Band 3

46

Rhosnesni High School

Wrexham

Band 5

44

Ysgol Bryn Alyn

Wrexham

Band 5

47

Ysgol Clywedog

Wrexham

Band 5

39

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