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Thumbs up as Welsh school makes the grade with inspectors

Pupils and staff at a Welsh medium primary school in Swansea have returned from the summer holidays knowing they've made the grade with school inspectors.


YGG Pontybrenin has been rated as good across the board following a visit by Welsh Government inspectors earlier this year.

Their report praises pupil attainment and behaviour as well as the high standard of teaching. It highlights the schools caring ethos and mentions the great support provided by both parents and governors.

It says most pupils make good progress during their time at the school in Gorseinon where they develop effective oral, written, numeracy and technology skills.

Inspectors from Estyn said: "Teachers use interesting and imaginative themes to engage pupils' involvement and enthusiasm effectively.

"There is a strong working relationship between teachers, assistants and pupils in all classes, which ensure a positive learning environment in which pupils feel confident in attempting to learn new things.

"Nearly all pupils treat each other, staff and visitors with respect and are well-behaved in lessons and around school."

The report said nearly all pupils feel safe at school and they are confident that members of the 'Criw Cyfeillgar' (Friendly Crew) or staff will deal promptly with any concerns they have or incidents.

Attendance rates have been above 95% for three years in a row and there is a strong relationship between the school and parents who give their time generously to support YGG Pontybrenin.

The inspectors added: "The headteacher has a clear vision for developing the school, which is based on respect, clear communication with parents, staff and governors, and providing a high standard of education for pupils in a supportive, happy and Welsh environment.

"Most pupils develop as well-rounded members of their community by taking part in a variety of activities, and they take pride in their area and their Welshness."

Headteacher Ceri Scourfield said: "Everyone associated with YGG Pontybrenin can take a great deal of pride in the report.

"It was very pleasing to see that they graded all aspects of the school as good including our prospects for further improvement.

"I hope everyone enjoyed a well-earned summer break and are ready to continue the good work."

Cllr Robert Smith, chairman of the school governors, said: "We are very happy with this report and what is being achieved by the headtecher, staff and children at Pontybrenin."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "I would like to congratulate all involved at YGG Pontybrenin on this report. It is clearly a school that is performing well and this reflects well on all staff, the pupils and the wider community."

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