Denbighshire schools have recorded the highest number of green rankings since the Welsh Government’s colour-coded rating scheme was introduced four years ago.

Twelve Denbighshire primary schools and one secondary school recorded the top ranking in results released last Thursday.

The system categorises schools as green, yellow, amber or red – depending on how well they are performing.

Schools that fall into the green category are judged to be performing strongly while those in the yellow category receive up to 10 days’ support; ‘amber’ schools up to 15 days and those in the red category up to 25 days.

For a third year running Denbighshire primary schools have recorded no red ratings however Denbighshire High School was the lone secondary school, along with Blessed Edward Jones High School, to record the lowest rating amongst secondary schools in area.

Denbigh High School acting head teacher, Dr. R. Paul Evans said: “I think it’s important to recognise that this categorisation is not a league table of academic performance but an indication of the level of support that each school will be receiving.

"As such, the banding categorisation is indeed positive news for us as it means that more funding will be made available to enable us to move more rapidly towards fulfilling our Estyn recommendations.

“I am newly in post as Acting Headteacher and, in the short time that I have been in post, I have made significant changes to the structure of the school’s Leadership Team and many areas of middle management as well as to procedural aspects to ensure the effective management of the school.

"We are also working closely with the Local Authority and GwE, the School Effectiveness and Improvement Service for North Wales, to move the school forward.

“These recent changes in school are just the beginning of our move towards securing a solid basis for the successful attainment of our goals.

"I am listening to the views of both parents and pupils and I am sure that this, the extra funding and the support of the wider school community will be a big step forward in enabling us to achieve a positive outcome for all.”

Denbighshire Secondary Schools red rating: Denbigh High School; amber: Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd; yellow: Ysgol Dinas Bran and St Brigid's School; and green: Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

Denbighshire Primary Schools amber ratings: Ysgol Dewi Sant, Ysgol Penmorfa Cp, Ysgol Rhewl, Ysgol Clawdd Offa and St Asaph Infants School; yellow: Ysgol Hiraddug, Ysgol Y Castell Cp, Ysgol Y Faenol, sgol Melyd, Ysgol Bodfari, Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog, Frongoch Juniors, Ysgol Henllan, Ysgol Bryn Clwyd, Ysgol Gellifor, Ysgol Pentrecelyn, Ysgol Betws Gwerful Goch, Ysgol Carrog, Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Ysgol Bro Elwern, Ysgol Y Llys, Ysgol Bryn Collen, Ysgol Bro Famau, Bodnant Community Primary School, Ysgol Pendref, Ysgol Carreg Emlyn, Ysgol Tremeirchion, Ysgol Llanbedr, Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Ysgol Borthyn, Ysgol Pant Pastynog, Ysgol Dyffryn Ial, Ysgol Mair Catholic Primary School, Ysgol Trefnant and St Brigid's School; and green: Christ Church Primary School, Ysgol Llywelyn, Ysgol Emmanuel, Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Ysgol Twm o'r Nant, Ysgol Y Parc, Rhos Street Cp School, Ysgol Pen Barras, Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch, Ysgol Gymraeg Y Gwernant, Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy and Ysgol Esgob Morgan C.I.W. Voluntary Controlled Primary School.