NOTE: This content is old - Published: Saturday, Mar 10th, 2012.
Wrexham schools are set to receive a £30,000 funding boost the Welsh Government has announced this week.
Education Minister, Leighton Andrews said that the Welsh Government will provide a £10,000 cash boost to every Band 4 and 5 secondary school in Wales.
This will mean that three of Wrexham’s nine secondary schools are in line to receive £10,000 pounds each after being allocated band five status in December.
Rhosnesni High, Ysgol Bryn Alyn and Ysgol Clywedog, are all to benefit from the additional funding.
Operating alongside the Welsh Governments pupil deprivations grant, the funding will provide additional support to schools in more deprived areas. In return, schools and teachers are being expected to address underachievement and agree to share their best practice.
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “This funding will have a direct impact upon three schools in Wrexham, making a real difference to budgetary pressures and allowing teachers to concentrate on improving standards.
“This move targets additional resources to where they are needed most and along with the deprivation grant will ensure no pupil gets left behind by circumstance within the Welsh educational system.”
However Lesle she also cautioned that Wrexham Council must up its game to improve standards on the back of the funding boost.
“Over the bigger picture, it is for Local Authorities to ensure education plans are in place so that schools do not slip into lower bandings. I hope Wrexham Council Education department will put in place the changes needed to bring about improvements in these schools. This money can only help achieve that.”