Education services in Ceredigion are the best in Wales according to schools' inspectorate Estyn.

The authority has come top of the class with a glowing report putting it at the forefront of education authorities in Wales.

The Leader of the council, Cllr. Ellen ap Gwynn, said: “This is an outstanding result for Ceredigion. I am delighted to see that, of the 15 judgements identified within the report, Ceredigion is deemed to be excellent in 11 and good in the remaining four judgements. I think this is a clear indication of the quality of provision delivered here in Ceredigion by a dedicated team of professionals. It also reflects positively on the commitment of Ceredigion councillors who have identified education as one of our major priority areas.”

The report recognises the close collaboration that exists between the schools and the services provided through the central team. Particular reference is made to the very effective use of data at an individual pupil level.

Cabinet Member for Learning Services, Cllr Hag Harries, said: “I feel a great sense of pride about this report, especially as it recognises the significant team effort that has occurred to secure this judgment. Councillors and staff of Ceredigion have worked tirelessly for several years to achieve this high standard of service. A particularly pleasing factor for me is that we are able to demonstrate high levels of performance in all phases of education.”