Banding uses the performance of schools to group them into one of five bands – from Band 1, schools which are performing well, to Band 5 schools which need to improve. Information about how well 15-16-year-olds have performed in examinations, and information about their level of attendance is used to band schools.
This is the second year that data of this kind has been released in Wales. A total of 219 secondary schools have been banded and the data published today has revealed that 72 schools have moved up at least one band, 71 schools have moved down at least one band, 75 have stayed in the same band. One school was not banded last year.
Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews said:
“The robust data released today gives us and parents a clear picture of how our schools are performing and provides us with the information we need to challenge schools who are not delivering for our young people in Wales.
“It is encouraging to see the number of schools in Bands 4 and 5 last year making real progress on improving the percentage of pupils achieving Level 2 (GCSEs grades A*-C) including English / Welsh first language and mathematics. At Band 4 we’ve seen the percentage go from 41.7 per cent to 46.5 per cent and at Band 5 we’ve seen the percentage go from 36 per cent percent to 41.8 per cent.
“61 out of 79 Band 4 and 5 schools last year saw improvements in the percentage of pupils achieving the Level 2 English / Welsh First Language and Mathematics. This is a significant achievement.
“I have made a clear commitment to raising standards and performance in schools in Wales, improving levels of literacy and numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment. Banding is at the heart of our school improvement agenda in Wales and we're committed to releasing this performance data year on year."