Estyn is the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, who are independent of, but funded by, the National Assembly for Wales. The purpose of Estyn is to inspect quality and standards in education and training in Wales (which is what Ofsted do in England). This is what Estyn have said about our school and our service in January 2014, the time of our last visit...
The school's strengths are that:
- It provides a calm, friendly and welcoming environment where pupils feel safe and able to learn……..pupils engage well in lessons and gain relevant qualifications;
- Pupils demonstrate good behaviour in lessons and around the school. They show respect for visitors, staff and each other;
- The classrooms and outdoor spaces provide appropriate learning environments with suitable resources;
- The curriculum is broad and provides for a wide range of subjects and activities. Lessons are planned well to meet the learning needs of individual pupils. There is appropriate focus on developing pupils' literacy and numeracy skills. The timetable includes daily lessons in English and mathematics;
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs) have well written targets for the development of emotional literacy, improvements in behaviour and the development of verbal communication skills (and) these targets link well to pupils' statements of special educational needs;
- Leaders and managers share their vision well with staff and are committed to a process of continual school improvement;
- teachers and care support staff work well as a team and have high expectations of the pupils.