Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has praised the success of participants in Schools Challenge Cymru following the release of this summer's GCSE results.
The majority of schools taking part in the initiative saw an increase in their GCSE scores after just one year of additional support. Around two-thirds reported an improvement in the number of their pupils gaining five or more good GCSEs.
Meanwhile, institutions such as St Cenydd, Tonypandy and Pentrehafod reported their best-ever set of results.
"These are some of our most challenged schools and to see some of them reporting percentage improvement in the double figures really is remarkable," Mr Lewis said.
The 40 institutions participating in Schools Challenge Cymru are being supported by £20 million of additional funding along with an individually tailored programme of support to help raise education standards.
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