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Ceri Jones, English teacher, Glan Ely High School
"It is about numerical success. You do not measure Manchester United against Tranmere Rovers"
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Jane Davidson, Welsh Assembly Education Minister
"We should not just be looking at league results"
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Prof David Reynolds, Exeter University
"I think you will see two sets of tables running alongside each other"
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BBC Wales's Nick Palit reports
"Even at Wales's highest achieving school, the head remains sceptical about league tables"
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Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 13:53 GMT
School league tables 'set for review'
Examination room
Welsh exam results have set a new record
Welsh Assembly Education Secretary Jane Davidson has announced a plan to review the way school league tables are published in Wales.

The figures for 2001 will take into account schools' social backgrounds and how much they have improved year on year.

The decision was a response to calls from teachers for a fairer representation of achievements by pupils of differing abilities and backgrounds.

Ms Davidson believes the statistics need to have supporting social data to present a fair picture of a school's performance.

She told BBC Radio Wales that parents and teachers should also be given the information to consider how schools contributed to childrens' lives.

"At the moment, that information is not in the league tables," said Ms Davidson.

"The tables can be very divisive. It is all very well if parents live in an area with a choice of schools, but the reality is different for many.

"What I am doing is announcing an open consultation."

Click here for this year's tables

David Reynolds, Professor of Education at Exeter University, said the move was unlikely to sound the end of league tables.

He predicted two types of league table, giving a balance of data.

Ms Davidson's statement on Wednesday coincided with the publication of a breakdown of GCSE results across Wales, school by school.

Overall in Wales in 2000, 49% of pupils achieved five GCSEs at the top grades, A* to C, an increase of 1% on 1999.

Assembly education minister Jane Davidson
Assembly education minister Jane Davidson welcomed the results

But this is still some way off the Assembly's target of 54% of pupils getting A* to C by 2002.

In 2000, 85% of pupils achieved at least five passes at all grades, A*-G, a 2% increase on 1999.

The tables released on Wednesday show the GCSE results in each school in the year 2000.

Click here to see how education authorities compare

The top school in Wales was Cowbridge Comprehensive, where 86% of the pupils got at least five grades A* to C, compared with 83% the previous year.

Second was St Brigid's School in Denbigh with 82%.

In third place were Cardiff High School and Bishopston Comprehensive, Swansea, with 79%.

In fourth place - the top Welsh-medium school - was Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea, with 76%.

In fifth are two other Welsh-medium schools, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen and Ysgol Gyfun Ddwyieithog y Preseli, Crymych, with 75%.

The bottom five schools are: Tredegar Comprehensive, with 24%; Bedwellty Comprehensive, Bargoed, with 23%; Penlan Comprehensive (Boys School), Swansea, and Hartridge High School, with 22%; Dillwyn Llewelyn Community School, Swansea, with 14% and Glan Ely High School, Cardiff, with 8%, a fall from its 9% figure last year.

The table below shows the 22 education authorities in Wales ranked on the basis of their schools' GCSE performance.

The highlighted column is the average percentage of pupils who achieved at least five A* to C grades.

The other figures are the percentage who achieved A*to C in each of mathematics, science and English or Welsh - the "Core Subject Indicator".

Ceredigion 60 45
The Vale of Glamorgan 58 43
Gwynedd 56 41
Powys 55 40
Conwy 55 38
Monmouthshire 54 42
Pembrokeshire 52 40
Carmarthenshire 52 39
Swansea 51 38
Flintshire 50 33
Isle of Anglesey 49 38
national averages 49 36
Neath Port Talbot 49 35
Denbighshire 48 36
Bridgend 46 35
Cardiff 45 33
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff 45 33
Torfaen 45 33
Wrexham 44 32
Newport 42 33
Merthyr Tydfil 41 28
Caerphilly 40 29
Blaenau Gwent 36 25

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