Find the best Welsh schools 2021 listed below.
No other school has pulled off a transformation on the same scale as Ysgol Y Preseli, our Welsh State Secondary School of the Decade. En route to winning one of our unique awards for this pandemic year, the 800-pupil bilingual school has soared nearly 300 places in our rankings since 2012 — from 468th to 186th= — under the headship of Michael Davies, who will retire at the end of the year.
- The proportion of A*-B grades at A-level has risen from 44.3% in 2012 to a record 69.1% last year, while top grades (9-7) at GCSE have gone up from about 20% to just under 30%.
- Based in Crymych, in Pembrokeshire, Ysgol Y Preseli serves a largely rural community. It ranks second in our Welsh state secondary school table, behind Welsh-medium Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, our Welsh State Secondary School of the Year in 2019.
- Only a small proportion of state secondary schools in Wales share their results with Parent Power, so the 13 independent schools have equal representation in our rankings.
Best Welsh schools 2021 guide
- The Sunday Times Welsh Independent Secondary School of the Decade, St Michael’s School, in Bryn, near Llanelli, has likewise come a long way in our tables.
- It ranked 229th in the UK as recently as 2014 and is now 52nd, with its proportion of A*-B grades at A-level exceeding 90% for the first time.
- A relatively small day and boarding school, with about 425 pupils, St Michael’s recruits strongly from home and abroad.
- Another school with a high proportion of international students is Cardiff Sixth Form College. It was the top-ranked private school in Wales last year with the best A-level results of any school in the UK.
- Westbourne School, in Penarth, with about 200 pupils, is one of the most consistently high-achieving independent schools in Britain, specialising in the international baccalaureate.
Top state secondary schools in Wales
- Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff
- Ysgol Y Preseli, Crymych
- Cowbridge Comprehensive School
- Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen
- Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, Cardiff
- Olchfa School, Swansea
- St Brigid’s School, Denbigh
- Ysgol Calun Cymru, Builth Wells
- Penglais School, Aberystwyth
- Ysgol Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Top independent secondary schools in Wales
- Cardiff Sixth Form College
- Ruthin School
- St Michael’s School, Llanelli
- St John’s College, Cardiff
- Westbourne School, Penarth
- Howell’s School Llandaff GDST, Cardiff
- The Cathedral School Llandaff, Cardiff
- Rougemont School, Newport
- Monmouth School for Girls
- Monmouth School for Boys
And then finally, Good schools Northern Ireland league table 2021.
Best Welsh schools 2021