Our school is considered across the County and the region of ERW as a progressive and innovative school. This is a clear recognition of the professionalism and dedication of all staff. As you know we are currently working as a Curriculum Pioneer School to help shape the new curriculum for Wales, a draft of which will be available in 2019. As Headteacher, I have been selected, along with 11 other Headteachers from across Wales, to contribute to another key Welsh Government initiative – the National Academy for Educational Leadership. It is a fantastic reflection on the school that we are involved in these reforms. The learning we bring back to school is invaluable and helps us to sustain our own improvement journey. Significant additional funding for being part of these has also enabled us to maintain staffing levels, send staff for training and fund projects in school, benefitting all pupils across the school.
Llongyfarchiadau to our Year 6 singing group for making the Urdd Eisteddfod National Finals. This was our first time competing in at least 14 years and the first time we were able to compete in a Welsh Learners category. The group performed superbly with many commenting on their Welsh pronunciation. Also shown is the day S4C came to film them for thier ‘Croeso i’r Eisteddfod’ programme! Everyone was very proud of them. Gwych!!
Estyn have published the effective practice guide about our dementia work following our inspection in October. We were graded excellent for Inspection Area 2 – Well Being and Attitudes to Learning. Inspectors particularly noted our intergenerational work and raising of dementia awareness and requested the case study on this aspect.
Click on the link to see the full case study.
We are pleased to announce that we have, again, been categorised as a Green Support School.
Green Schools are defined as
- highly effective
- track record in sustaining a high level of learner outcomes
- demonstrate resilience at all levels
- challenged to move towards or sustain excellence
- able to give effective school to school support.
Obviously we will continue to strive to build on our many successes to ensure the very best learning opportunities for all of our children.
Our Estyn report has been published on the Estyn Website. We are thrilled to be able to share it with you all now. Everyone is very proud of the outcomes – one Excellent and four Goods.
The following is taken directly from the start of the report:
‘The school provides a happy learning environment for all pupils and staff and standards of wellbeing are excellent. Very strong partnerships with other institutions in the community, such as a local care home, enrich pupils’ learning experiences extremely well.
Nearly all pupils, including those with additional learning needs, make good progress in their literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills. They achieve well by the end of key stage 2.
An imaginative curriculum engages most pupils in their learning successfully. The overall quality of teaching is good. Nearly all lessons are interesting and build well on pupils’ previous learning. Most teachers’ day-to-day assessment of pupils’ learning is effective, and the new online assessment tool that tracks pupils’ progress through the school is bedding in well in most classes.
The headteacher provides strong, effective leadership. Governors provide good support and are beginning to develop their roles as ‘link’ governors. Staff work closely as a team and have a sharp focus on pupils’ wellbeing and the standards they achieve.
|Wellbeing and attitudes to learning||Excellent|
|Teaching and learning experiences||Good|
|Care, support and guidance||Good|
|Leadership and management||Good|
An Excellent Practice Case Study will now be written, for Estyn to publish, about the impact of our dementia work. Moreover, the content of the report clearly records the many positives about our school. Click on the link for the full version of the report.
Year 5 brought festive cheer through singing old and new Christmas songs to the group at Tea and Chat. After the sing-a-long the children chatted with those there and this generated much laughter! It was another example of how our children are able to empathise with those older than themselves in a respectful manner, bringing back memories for many of them. It started Christmas off for everyone!
Ardderchog Blwyddyn 5!