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Beauty spot has lowest truancy

It has arguably the most beautiful beaches in Britain - but that does not seem to tempt secondary pupils in Gower into bunking off school to spend a day at the seaside

It has arguably the most beautiful beaches in Britain - but that does not seem to tempt secondary pupils in Gower into bunking off school to spend a day at the seaside

It has arguably the most beautiful beaches in Britain - but that does not seem to tempt secondary pupils in Gower into bunking off school to spend a day at the seaside.

According to new Assembly government statistics, the area had the lowest proportion of absent pupils in any Welsh Assembly constituency last year. (2007). The figures cover both truancy and sickness.

The proportion of pupils missing half-day sessions is just 7.5 per cent, compared with the highest: 12.2 per cent in Cynon Valley.

New figures that compare Assembly constituencies give an insight into everything from pupils' perceived "Welshness" to class size.

Pupils in Alyn and Deeside, on the north-east Welsh borders, are least likely to consider themselves Welsh, mostly regarding their identities as English.

While just 20.5 per cent claim their identity to be Welsh, 83.1 per cent of children in Blaenau Gwent see themselves as Welsh through and through.

In terms of academic success, Dwyfor Meirionnydd, covering an area of outstanding coastal and rural beauty in north-west Wales, had the highest proportion of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, or the equivalent, at 66.2 per cent. Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney had the lowest - each with 41.1 per cent.

Ceredigion in the mid-west had the lowest primary pupil-to-teacher ratio at 16.2; Pontypridd in the South Wales Valleys had the highest at 23.

Other statistics on Welsh schools

The largest average key stage 1 classes were in the former mining community of Rhondda, at 28.4.

Cardiff North secured the most pupils, reaching the core subject indicator at KS1, 2 and 3.

Monmouth on the Welsh borders had the highest number of pupils considering themselves British.

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