1. ITV Report

Is your school part of £20m improvement scheme?

Similar schemes have been run with considerable success in Manchester and London. Photo: PA

40 secondary schools have today been named by the Welsh Government to take part in a £20m school improvement programme called Schools Challenge Cymru.

The scheme aims to improve struggling schools, and tackle the links between deprivation and low attainment.

The schools been chosen, based on a number of factors, including their place in the banding structure, and the performance of pupils receiving free school meals.

They will be given targeted support, advisers, and form partnerships with high-performing schools to benefit from expertise.

They been called 'Pathway to Success Schools' - the following 40 have been chosen:

  • Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi - Anglesey
  • Abertillery Comprehensive - Blaenau Gwent
  • Ebbw Fawr Learning Community - Blaenau Gwent
  • Tredegar Comprehensive School - Blaenau Gwent
  • Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen - Bridgend
  • Bedwas High School - Caerphilly
  • Blackwood Comprehensive School - Caerphilly
  • Heolddu Comprehensive School - Caerphilly
  • St Cenydd School - Caerphilly
  • St Martin's School - Caerphilly
  • Cantonian High School - Cardiff
  • Eastern High School - Cardiff
  • Glyn Derw High School - Cardiff
  • Michaelston Community College - Cardiff
  • St. Illtyd's Catholic High School - Cardiff
  • Willows High School - Cardiff
  • Ysgol Bro Dinefwr - Carmarthenshire
  • Holywell High School - Flintshire
  • Afon Taf High School - Merthyr Tydfil
  • Bishop Hedley High School - Merthyr Tydfil
  • Pen-Y-Dre High School - Merthyr Tydfil
  • Llanwern High School - Newport
  • Lliswerry High School - Newport
  • St Julian's School - Newport
  • Milford Haven School - Pembrokeshire
  • Hawthorn High School - Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Porth County Community - Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Pontypridd High School - Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Tonypandy Community College - Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Tonyrefail School - Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Morriston Comprehensive - Swansea
  • Pentrehafod School - Swansea
  • Abersychan Comprehensive - Torfaen
  • Fairwater High School - Torfaen
  • Llantarnam School - Torfaen
  • West Monmouth School - Torfaen
  • Barry Comprehensive School - Vale of Glamorgan
  • Rhosnesni High School - Wrexham
  • Ysgol Bryn Alyn - Wrexham
  • Ysgol Clywedog - Wrexham