A huge thanks to everyone for all the fund raising which has allowed us to purchase new IT equipment including 45 Chromebooks, a green screen, 4 of the newest ipads and updating some of our older PCs!! Everyone is keen to use them!
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!
On Thursday afternoon, despite the weather, St David’s Church was full for our Harvest Festival. Fairtrade Council and School Council were involved in the service, reminding us about caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. Singing filled the church with wonderful performances by the whole school of their harvest songs. Our thanks to Mrs Williams for leading the service. Your generosity in donations for the Brecon Foodbank has been overwhelming and all goods will be used to support others in our community. Thank you everyone for your support.
We have been informed that our school will be inspected by Estyn, 23rd-26th October.
Please participate in the parent survey, by 12th October which can be completed on line by following this link:
Alternatively, a hard copy questionnaire can be provided by the school upon request. These must be completed and returned to school by 9th October.
If you require information about accessing free school meals and/or school clothing help, visit Powys County Council website at :-
Here you will find information about who can claim and how to do so.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sports Day this year. The sun shone and everyone had a wonderful time. All of the children took part with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. The picnic lunch with families and friends, as always, added to the occasion.
The overall winners this year were DEWI!!!! Llongyfarchiadiau mawr!!