Ysgol Greenhill School
Press Release on Banding
When determining which Band to
allocate to any School, the Welsh Government uses a
number of School performance measures; academic
progress, attendance and year on year improvements.
Following our superb results of
2012 which, amongst other improvements, saw a
significant increase in the proportion of our pupils
receiving A*-C in Mathematics, we were placed in
Band 2. This also made us the most improved school
Our results in the summer of
2013 brought even further improvements with the
sustained success in Mathematics being matched by an
equally significant increase in our Science results.
Our A Level success saw a massive increase to 93% A*
- C and all students who wanted a place, gained a
place at University.
At the 2013 Welsh Government
Banding announcement, we are all proud and delighted
that for the second year in succession we have again
been placed in Band 2.
However, there was a drop in
one significant measure – attendance – and whilst
this has not resulted in our allocation being
altered and our school remaining in Band 2, it is a
concern for next year.
We have already taken steps to
address our attendance and all parents will have
noted that every pupil’s Interim Report this
academic year now shows a Personal Attendance Target
of 100%. To help us all improve our attendance
tracking, we are also reporting your child’s
attendance statistics on each termly Interim Report
instead of just as a part of the annual report as we
have in the past.
Attendance is vitally important
– one day’s absence is 5 hours learning lost – and
an attendance rate as low as 95% means that over 25
hours learning has been missed! We are grateful to
all parents who get their children to us on a daily
basis for 100% - but we need everyone to support our
More details about school bandings can be found on
Welsh Government website