I am very pleased to see that the banding model in Wales has recognised the hard work and dedication of Crickhowell High School students, staff and Governors, particularly as we have been ranked the fifth school in Wales in 2012.
Banding uses the performance of schools to group them into one of five bands: from Band One schools which are performing very well to Band Five schools which need to improve. Statistics relating to how well 15-16 year olds have performed in exams, information about their level of attendance, the number of free school meals and the improvement of students over time are among the factors used to band schools.
A total of 219 Secondary Schools have been banded across Wales with twenty eight in Band One. Crickhowell has moved up from Band Three in 2011 and we are all delighted that our standards are continuing to improve and we are among the best in the country. 2012 has been a great year for the school with the best ever results at GCSE, outstanding A Level results and a very good Estyn Report published in November.
We are proud of our performance and will continue to strive to improve even further and to ensure that every aspect of our work reflects world class education. The banding highlights that students receive high quality learning experiences at Crickhowell and are able to secure excellent outcomes at all levels.
I would like to express my gratitude to all parents and carers for your outstanding support of the school without which none of this success would be possible.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year, it is wonderful way to begin 2013 identified as a Band One School aiming to move forward to greater successes and achievements in the future.