Access to good schools is a really important part of making Cardiff a liveable city. That’s why better education and skills for all is one of the City Council’s four priorities.
Education performance has been improving year on year since 2012 and this summer’s results were really pleasing. I visited both Llanishen High School and Willows High on GCSE results day, the air was filled with nervous energy, but it was great to meet some of the teachers who have helped pupils achieve so much this year.
The provisional GCSE results show that the percentage of pupils in Cardiff secondary schools achieving at least five A* to C grades, including mathematics and English or Welsh has risen to 60 percent, a five percent rise since last year.
Likewise, A-Level performance is also improving with results well above the average for Wales. Of this year’s total entries in Cardiff, an impressive 31.1 percent were A* and A grades, up from 27.4 percent in 2014. This compares to a 23.1 percent average for Wales as a whole and 25.9 percent in England.
I’d like to personally thank all our school staff, governors and pupils for their hard work over the last year.
On the subject of our schools, you cannot fail to have miss the interest in Educating Cardiff on Channel 4. The series focuses on life at Willows High School and reminds us all how dedicated our school staff are in supporting young people in our city. The turnaround in results at Willows over the last few years is a remarkable achievement and is well worth a watch.
After these latest results, it’s important to now build on this success, which has been the result of a lot of hard work with a number of different partners across our city.
We have worked with Welsh Government to make significant investment in new school buildings, continuing efforts to transform our secondary schools and meeting the needs of the rapidly growing primary age population. Over the coming years we will be investing £168m to modernise our schools, as well as delivering a new secondary school for the West of Cardiff.
I know, however, that education doesn’t begin and end at the school gate. We have therefore been working with universities, businesses, and third sector organisations – with expertise in arts and sport – to get education and skills training right for everyone in the city.
Find out how you can get involved and make the difference!
A campaign has recently been launched by the City Council to promote education in Cardiff and to let people know how they can get involved to make the difference.
‘Education is Everybody’s Business’ uses social media to highlight the key messages and a website has been created to provide more details in one easy to find location.
The campaign features four ways for people to get involved:
- Become a School Governor
- Share who inspired you
- Develop your child outside the classroom
- Share your inspiring moments
The City Council is using its Facebook page and Twitter account to promote the campaign using the hashtag #EduCardiff.
To find out more about how you can get involved, visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/EduCardiff