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School is a 'hive of activity and positive energy'

Pontarddulais Comprehensive School is a hive of activity and positive energy where staff are dedicated to providing pupils with high quality learning experiences within lessons and beyond, inspectors from Estyn have found.

Pontarddulais Comprehensive Estyn report 2024

Pontarddulais Comprehensive Estyn report 2024

They visited the school in December and have now published their report. 

It states: "Pontarddulais Comprehensive is a dynamic and inclusive school where pupils, regardless of background or ability, thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 

"Typically, pupils enjoy school, and they are polite and courteous as they interact with adults and each other. They are confident, respectful and eager to learn." 

Inspectors highlighted that attendance had recovered well since the disruption of the Covid 19 pandemic and was well above that of similar schools. 

Leaders, teachers and support staff have high expectations for all pupils, including those with additional learning needs (ALN). 

The school's specialist teaching facility (STF) provides exceptional learning experiences for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties and these pupils make strong progress in essential independent living and communication skills. 

Leaders are implementing their approach to Curriculum for Wales with clarity and purpose and are working well with local primary schools to ensure pupils progress appropriately as they move on to secondary school. 

Inspectors said headteacher Gareth Rees's principled and visionary leadership, combined with significant levels of trust and professional learning, ensure that all members of the school community share high aspirations for the school. 

"Leaders at all levels, along with governors, maintain a relentless focus on ensuring the best possible experience for pupils," added the report. 

Mr Rees said: "We are delighted that the report acknowledges the outstanding contributions of our staff, pupils, and governors, as well as the invaluable support from the wider school community. It's a testament to the dedication of staff, who have consistently strived to provide the highest quality education for our pupils.

"The opportunity to now showcase our achievements on a national platform on attendance, school improvement, and use of the Welsh language gives us renewed pride in our work and affirmation that we are continuing to move in the right direction." 

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Robert Smith, said: "I'd like to congratulate all involved at the school on this inspection report which I hope they are rightly very proud of."  

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