A SECONDARY school rumoured to be at risk of closure has topped a poll of Pembrokeshire secondary schools.

Ysgol Dewi Sant was ranked the best secondary school in the county in the Western Mail’s Real Schools Guide.

Its unique ranking system used 21 different government-approved measures, which have been combined to give each school an overall rating of 100 Ysgol Dewi Sant scored 66.5 after being judged on finances, behaviour, teaching and attainment and placed 21st overall in Wales.

In second and third place were Ysgol y Preseli and Greenhill, which scored 63.8 and 63.3 respectively. Sir Thomas Picton achieved 60.8, Ysgol Bro Gwaun 60.4, Tasker Milward 50.8 and Pembroke 49.7. And propping up the bottom of the Pembrokeshire poll was Milford Haven School, with 47.3 points.

Ysgol Dewi Sant is currently undergoing a review by Pembrokeshire County Council.

It follows a report by the director for children and schools which looked at the sustainability of educational provision, the accessibility of school places, the standard of school buildings and value for money.

The acting headmaster of Ysgol Dewi Sant, David Haynes said: “I am delighted that the school has been rated as the highest ranking school in Pembrokeshire by the Real Schools Guide for 2013. However, we are far from complacent and continue to take measures to achieve further success for our students in the future.”

St Davids County Councillor David Lloyd added: “It was a significant rating by independent experts using a very broad matrix to measure performance.”