THE performance of Pembrokeshire's schools over the last year has been published today (February 1).

The Welsh Government has released the results of its annual National School Categorisation system, which sees schools being put into one of four colour-coded categories, based on the level of support they need.

Under the system there are four categories -  green, yellow, amber and red.

Schools in the 'green' category are already doing well and are deemed to be in need of  the least support.

Those in the 'red' category are identified as needing the most support.

The data published today is based on assessment of the 2017 school year.

Scroll down to see where your local school was placed.

Primary schools

  • Green band

Milford Mercury: Copyright: Western Telegraph

  • Yellow band

Milford Mercury: Copyright: Western Telegraph

  • Amber band

Milford Mercury: Copyright: Western Telegraph

  • Red band

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Secondary schools

Milford Mercury:

Ysgol y Preseli (Crymych)

Milford Mercury:

Ysgol Bro Gwaun (Fishguard School)

Ysgol Dewi Sant (St David's School)

Milford Mercury:

Sir Thomas Picton (Haverfordwest)

Milford Mercury:

Ysgol Greenhill (Tenby)

Pembroke School

Milford Haven School

Tasker Milward VC (Haverfordwest).

How have the results changed since last year?

Sir Thomas Picton has moved back up to the amber category, which it last occupied in 2015, after slipping into the red zone last year.

Ysgol y Preseli has maintained its green status, after moving up from the yellow category last year.

Milford Haven, Greenhill and Pembroke fell into the red category for these 2017 figures, after previously all holding amber status.

Looking at primary schools, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School remains in the red band, and is joined by Croesgoch School, which last year was in the amber category.

Overall, Pembrokeshire had 16 'green' schools last year, which fell slightly to 15 this year.

The reaction

Pembrokeshire County Council declined to comment on the figures released today.

Instead, it issued a statement from ERW (Education through Regional Working) - an alliance of six local authorities, including Pembrokeshire, which supports school improvement.

It read: "The primary purpose of the categorisation model is to identify the appropriate level of support for each school according to need and to ensure that, in partnership with schools and local authorities, we are able to direct our support and resources most effectively to secure the improvements necessary in our school system.

"A school’s strengths and areas for improvement in standards, provision and leadership are identified during discussions with schools throughout the year.

"These discussions are then used to decide on the most appropriate level of support for the school.

"The four Welsh regions have carried out rigorous moderation and verification processes to ensure that the categorisation process is consistently applied across the Wales."

Speaking about the national results across Wales, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said: “There are some real positives in the figures published today.

"The significant increase in the number of primary schools placed in the green category is particularly pleasing and highlights the trend of good news we’ve seen relating to school standards following on from the recent Estyn report that highlighted the greater cooperation that has been taken place between schools.

"Of course these are but one measure of performance and while schools and teachers should rightfully be applauded in light of these results we have always warned against seeing them as a definitive picture of how and why schools are performing.

"The really important take away is to ensure that where support is needed it is delivered, where resources and finances are identified as lacking they are provided and where excellence is identified it is shared across the sector.”