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Extremely caring and inclusive school praised by inspectors

Craigfelen Primary School has been praised for being an extremely caring and inclusive community that provides a high level of care for its pupils.


Children enjoy exciting lessons with real life opportunities for learning and developing entrepreneurial skills.

Inspectors from Estyn spent a week at the school in Clydach and have rated it as excellent in three of the five inspection areas - Wellbeing and attitudes to learning; Care, support and guidance as well as Leadership and management.

The school was judged as good with very strong features in the other two areas - Standards and Teaching and learning experiences.

In their report inspectors recognised that excellent leadership ensures that all pupils receive enriching and creative learning experiences within a safe, happy and nurturing environment.

They said that pupils enjoy coming to school and are very proud of their achievements.

Pupils enter school with skills that are below those expected of their age but they make good progress as they move through school and attain well by the time they leave school.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone at the school for this very impressive inspection report.

"I was particularly pleased to see the inspectors noted that Craigfelen Primary is an extremely caring and inclusive community and one that highly valued by the families of pupils who attend there.

"The school has now been asked to provide a case study for other schools to learn from in relation to its leadership and its provision for pupils' wellbeing and I'm looking forward to seeing it."

The report states: "The warm and caring ethos helps pupils to feel safe. Children are considerate of the needs of others and show respect and tolerance and compassion for each other. This is particularly evident in the way that older pupils treat the younger ones.

"They demonstrate a very strong understanding of the importance of the schools' rights and values."

The inspectors said most pupils make very good progress in developing their literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills as they move through the school.

An outstanding feature of the school is the extensive variety of opportunities that it provides for its pupils to show and develop their leadership skills by having clear roles and responsibilities. Pupil voice within the school is outstanding in developing pupils' self-confidence, their pride in themselves and their ability to work with others.

Outdoor learning is used to help pupils of all ages develop their skills.

Headteacher Alison Williams said: "We are thrilled that the inspection has recognised the many positive achievements that are taking place and this reflects the hard work of everyone associated with Craigfelen Primary School. Our school truly sits at the heart of our wonderful community, and without the strong partnerships with our local families; these achievements would not have been possible.

"We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated; committed and caring team of staff that have all contributed so much to our school and the children's wellbeing and education. I cannot tell you how proud I am to be head teacher here. The children are amazing, each and every one of them."

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