Election Pledge 5 : To continue to support the need for more investment in schools & improved education outcomes for young people in Cardiff.
We believe that the outcomes for children in Cardiff are still not high enough – especially at Key Stage 4. Progress has been made over the past few years, but the data shows that only 69% of pupils achieve 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English or Welsh first language and Maths by the end of Year 11. For pupils receiving Free School Meals, this drops to 39%’.
Schools need 21st century learning environments but for many schools it simply isn’t possible as buildings are lacking investment & the buildings are crumbling. Locally we see this in our primary schools, and we have been calling for a nursery for Birchgrove School to serve local families.
The target percentage of schools in Cardiff achieving ‘Green’ in WG categorisation process illustrates the problem that Cardiff is facing : Primary schools 35%, and Secondary Schools 86%.
Only 44% of schools in Cardiff were judged to be good or excellent. Only 33% had the capacity to improve; 25% of special schools had the capacity to improve. 7 schools are in Estyn monitoring; 3 schools are in special measures.
Fenella is currently the Chair of Governors at Birchgrove Primary School and has regularly spoken in Council about education issues.
Fenella, Jane & Steve promise to support measures that will improve education outcome & will be pressing for more investment in school buildings.