School marks improvement out of the red

1 February 2017

Ninian Park Primary School has jumped two stages in Wales’ annual school ratings, after efforts to turn around performance.

It was classed in the “red” category a year ago, as a school needing the greatest amount of support. But with new governors in place and new head Jennifer Scott – who was brought in as acting head from a job in Coventry – taking up her post permanently last summer, Ninian Park in Virgil Street has moved up into the “yellow” category.

It is one of only six primary schools in Wales to make a similar leap.

“We are all thrilled at the progress the school has made in the categorisation system,” said the school.

Nearly 92% of seven-year-olds reach the expected core level in indicators and other benchmarking includes 93% attendance and 84.8% of youngest pupils reaching the expected level in the foundation phase.

The school, which has 550 pupils, is very diverse with around 89% speaking English as an additional language.

Chair of governors Councillor Ashley Govier said: “It’s been a tough 18 months for all involved in the turnaround at Ninian but the results today show all the hard work was well worth it – we are one of the most improved schools in the country with Green firmly in our sights.

As a councillor and chair of governors during the last 18 months I am extremely proud of everybody involved.”

In addition, Fitzalan High School remains in the very top green category, along with St Paul’s Church in Wales Primary; while St Patrick’s moved from amber to yellow, while Grangetown Primary remains in yellow. BBC Wales report with links to ratings.

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