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'Double excellent' for Gower school in inspection report

A Gower school has passed a government inspection with flying colours.


The current performance of Llanrhidian Primary School has been judged excellent by inspectors from Estyn and its prospects for improvement are equally positive.

The high standards had already seen it named a Pioneer School which means it is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to develop the curriculum in Wales.

According to the report nearly all 152 pupils at Llanrhidian make exceptionally good progress as they move through the school. They develop and apply their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills highly effectively. They also make good progress in their Welsh language skills.

Inspectors described their behaviour as "exemplary" and they found they feel safe and involved in decision making.

The inspection report states: "Nearly all pupils recognise the importance of healthy eating and have a very good understanding of what they need to do to stay fit and healthy.

"Most pupils take part in the wide range of sporting activities provided by the school. All staff lead after school clubs at the same time each week; this is extremely well received by parents and pupils."

The standard of teaching at the school is described as "consistently good or better".

"Most teachers plan and deliver stimulating, innovative and well-placed learning experiences. The work of highly skilled teaching assistants is a strength of the school," the report states.

The inspectors said the headteacher and her deputy provide highly effective leadership and direction for the school that promotes outstanding levels of achievement and wellbeing.

The governing body is active in judging the school's progress and carries out its work extremely effectively while there is a strong partnership with parents and the wider community.

Headteacher Donna Caswell said: "This excellent inspection report is the result of a team effort. We have outstanding staff, hugely supportive parents and of course amazing pupils.

"Together we continue to make Llanrhidian a place where pupils and staff love learning together. As a Pioneer School, we are privileged with the task of developing an exciting and authentic curriculum.  This inspection report has given us the confidence to continue striving towards self-improvement and betterment for all."

The Chair of Governors, Richard Verge, said: "The governors are delighted that Estyn have provided such a favourable endorsement of the school's strategic direction, policies and teaching practise and that the professional excellence of its headteacher and her staff have been especially commended.

"The inspection outcome provides a confident platform on which to launch the exciting and innovative developments we have planned for the benefit of our amazing pupils."

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