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Top 10 schools in Wales revealed in annual parent power league table results

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The annual Sunday Times Parent Power guide to UK schools has been released – and it’s positive news for schools in South West Wales, with four of the top 10 schools coming from the region.

It’s the 30th edition of the annual Parent Power guide, and the first post-pandemic results.

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Pembrokeshire Welsh language comprehensive, Ysgol Bro Preseli in Crymych is the best in the country, according to the guide.

Carmarthenshire’s Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, another Welsh language comprehensive in Carmarthen came second.

Olchfa Comprehensive school in Swansea also ranked highly, coming in sixth, with Bishop Vaughan Catholic School coming ninth.

Top 10 State Secondary Schools in Wales

1Ysgol Bro PreseliPembrokeshire
2Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro MyrddinCarmarthenshire
3Cowbridge Comprehensive SchoolVale of Glamorgan
4Y Pant Comprehensive SchoolRhondda Cynon Taf
5Radyr Comprehensive SchoolCardiff
6Olchfa Comprehensive SchoolSwansea
7Ysgol EiriasConwy
8Crickhowell High SchoolPowys
9Bishop Vaughan Catholic SchoolSwansea
10Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg PlasmawrCardiff

Rhonwen Morris, Ysgol Bro Preseli headteacher said: “We expect the highest possible standards from our pupils and we will do our utmost to give them every opportunity to succeed.

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“Families have faced so many challenges over the past two years and therefore the school made an active effort to ensure that pupils’ wellbeing extended beyond the classroom and the school campus.

“Pupil progress was tracked carefully and any pupils who were falling behind were invited to spend time in the school hub, where they could get the support they needed. The school was open daily for those who struggled to engage with the lessons.”

Helen Davies, editor of The Sunday Times Parent Power guide, says: “These have been a challenging few years for teachers, pupils and their parents, and the success of many in our league table is testament to the stamina and support shown by all concerned.

“It is also clear that more attention is being placed on well-being and mental health – from meditation rooms to counselling support, even therapy dogs – and schools are being proactive to bring about positive changes.

“League tables are not the only criteria a parent can use when choosing a school, but they are a good starting point. We want to celebrate excellence. We want to champion schools that are doing wonderful work.

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“We want our children to be well-nurtured and well-taught. In choosing a school parents are making one of the biggest decisions in their family life, and Parent Power and The Sunday Times is here to help.”

You can view the full list on the Sunday Times Parent Power website.

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