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Primary school celebrates "excellent" inspection report in all areas

Pupils and staff at a Swansea primary school are celebrating an exemplary inspection report.


Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School has been judged as excellent in all five inspection areas by Estyn and is the first English medium primary school in Wales to achieve this under the new Estyn framework.

Inspectors found pupils are happy and make strong progress in developing a wide range of skills. In the report the inspectors said pupils in the foundation phase develop speaking and listening skills to a very high standard and most have extremely effective writing skills.

By the time they leave school, the standard of pupils' oracy and numeracy skills is particularly high.

"There is a warm atmosphere in the school and a culture of showing respect to each other," the report states.

"Pupils' behaviour is exemplary and, from a young age, they show high levels of independence and excellent attitudes to learning."

The school in Morriston has 540 pupils between the ages of three and 11.

As well as praising pupils the report highlights the excellent work of all the staff.

It sates:  "The curriculum is innovative and teachers deliver it through challenging and exciting learning experiences.

"There is strong and exceptional leadership throughout the school. The headteacher has high expectations of all staff and pupils and leads by example.

"The school is outward looking and, in addition to sharing its excellent practice with other schools, is keen to learn from others and is always looking for ways to improve."

Headteacher Darren Casker said: "We are obviously delighted with the inspection report which reflects a lot of hard work by everyone associated with Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School.

"It was particularly pleasing that as well as highlighting the excellent teaching and progress made by pupils, the inspectors noted our school is a very happy and caring community that nurtures pupils' personal, social, spiritual and cultural skills very well.

"All our staff, all our pupils and their families as well as the wider community can be very proud indeed of this Estyn report but I am particularly delighted for our pupils who impressed the inspection team so much. We know how fantastic our children are but now everyone else knows it too!

Chair of governors Mrs Gill Figg said: "I would like to thank Mr Casker and all the team at Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School for this exceptional report.

"As a governing body we see the time and effort that everyone associated with the school puts in on a daily basis and it is very pleasing that this has been recognised."

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, Jen Raynor, said: "Many of our schools in Swansea are performing at the highest level and Cwmrhydyceirw Primary is one of the best.

"To achieve a rating of excellent in all five inspection areas is a real achievement and I would congratulate all who contributed to this success.

"The leadership team at Cwmrhydyceirw is sharing their excellent practice with other schools to help further improve education in Swansea and I'm very grateful to them."

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