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School gets "good" report from inspectors

Created on 16/08/2017 @ 13:34
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Penygloddfa Primary School has been given a “good” report by inspectors.

The school was rated “good” by Estyn inspectors who said most pupils at the school make strong progress in developing their language and mathematical skills; speak confidently and listen well; make good progress in developing their reading and writing skills and behave well during lessons.

They also said nearly all pupils behave well during lessons, show enthusiasm for learning and teachers provide a range of stimulating learning experiences.

Inspectors did, however, state that the school needs to raise standards in Welsh and increase its use throughout the school day; develop strategies further to promote pupils’ independent learning skills in classes and strengthen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of global citizenship.

The school has 329 pupils aged between three and 11, with eight per cent having additional learning needs - 25 per cent below the national average.

“On entry to the school, most pupils have skills, knowledge and understanding that are at the level expected for their age,” states the report.
“As they move through the school, most pupils make good progress in developing their language and mathematical skills. Pupils who are eligible for free school meals currently perform at least as well as other pupils. Most pupils with additional learning needs make good progress from their individual starting points. More able pupils achieve well.’
It added: “Across the school, most pupils develop their Welsh language skills well in designated Welsh lessons.

“They speak clearly when asking and answering questions about themselves and their favourite foods and holidays. However, they do not use their oral skills in Welsh purposefully outside of Welsh lessons. Many write appropriately using a suitable range of vocabulary, but pupils do not always read familiar texts well enough.”

It concludes: “The school has a sufficient number of staff with suitable qualifications to teach all aspects of the curriculum. The headteacher deploys staff purposefully and creates a culture of mutual respect and active co-operation among staff. Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to pupils’ outcomes and wellbeing across the school.

Arrangements for teachers’ planning, preparation and assessment time are effective. Performance management arrangements ensure good opportunities for the professional development of staff. Training opportunities for staff also meet the school’s priorities for improvement well.”

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