Fall in pupils choosing to study at Wrexham 'super schools'


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

THE number of pupils choosing to study at two struggling ‘super schools’ has declined, a Wrexham Council report shows.

Ysgol Clywedog and Ysgol Rhosnesni were both placed in special measures after Estyn school inspections last year.

At a council executive board meeting last month, councillors voted to continue to “support and challenge” the schools after they showed signs of improvement, rather than adopting any more drastic changes to the schools’ make-up.

At the meeting a report was asked for giving an analysis of “destination figures” showing the number of children leaving feeder primary schools to go to Ysgol Rhosnesni or Ysgol Clywedog.

And the report shows the number of year six to year seven transfers from the schools identified as the Rhosnesni cluster has fallen from 194 in 2010 to 90 in 2014.

Only 36 per cent of pupils at cluster schools for Ysgol Rhosnesni applied to study there this year. In 2010 the figure was 71 per cent.

The number of year six to year seven transfers from the Ysgol Clywedog cluster has declined from 183 four years ago to just 93 who expressed a preference this year.

Both schools did attract pupils from outside their designated clusters, although the numbers were low.

The total number admitted to Ysgol Clywedog in September, 2013 was 114, with 17 of those coming from non-cluster primary schools.

As for Ysgol Rhosnesni, 113 pupils were admitted from cluster primary schools, with a further 14 attending from non-cluster schools.

A focus will now be put on transition work between feeder and parent schools in a bid to boost the figures.

The report states: “Engagement with the Schools Challenge Cymru programme will require schools to focus on early transition work between the secondary school and its feeder primaries.

“The schools, supported by a designated Schools Challenge Cymru adviser, will produce a single school improvement plan during the course of the next half term for implementation as from September.

“The focus of their transition work, which will be an integral part of the above improvement plan, will be on engaging with learners and their families during the early part of their key stage two experience.

“The plan will need the approval of the Welsh Government and progress against the actions within that plan will be monitored by the Schools Challenge Cymru Adviser, along with officers from Lifelong Learning.”

The report will be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting of the council’s executive board at the Guildhall.

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