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Newtown school gets "good" inspector's report

Created on 25/04/2018 @ 17:49
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Newtown's Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd has received a positive report from education inspectors.

The school has been judged to be "good" in all areas of education and management by Estyn.

Recommendations for improvement are to raise pupils' standards of spelling in English Key Stage 2 and improve the standard of a few pupils' presentation of work across the school.
The inspectors state that the school has high expectations based on providing high quality education. It also states that pupils’ bilingualism skills are developing soundly.
It notes that the headteacher and senior management team have a "robust and clear vision based on raising standards and promoting pupils’ wellbeing and Welshness"

It also notes that this vision is shared extremely successfully with staff, pupils, governors and the community. Governors are praised as being very supportive, contributing directly and having a sound understanding of the school.
The report states that the quality of teaching is good with elements of excellence. Teachers are praised for exciting teaching activities that engage pupils’ interest and enthusiasm very effectively. Classroom assistants also make a significant contribution to the quality of teaching.
A major strength reflected throughout the report is the strong Welsh ethos of the school which results in the pupils taking great pride in their language and their country.
Other notable strengths include the valuable opportunities for pupils to learn about the local area, the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; the working relationship between pupils and staff, the teamwork between all members of staff and the strong partnership with parents.
Headteacher, Sian Davies, said “I am extremely proud of our pupils, staff, governors and parents. The report highlights the hard work, enthusiasm, energy and the dedicated team work of everyone. The Welsh language is truly at the heart of Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd and the report certainly confirms its success.”
Hywel Lovgreen, chair of governors, said: “We are delighted that the report reflects and praises all the hard work of our headteacher Sian Davies and all the staff. I wish to publicly thank them, the governors, parents and the wider community for sharing and supporting the school’s vision.
“I am very pleased that the report highlights the caring and familial ethos that exists in the school and the fact that the children enjoy and appreciate the unique opportunities that the school provides.

"As 90% of pupils come from non-Welsh speaking households, I am sure that the report endorses those parents’ decisions, and hope it will encourage more to provide their children with the unique gift of having two languages.”

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