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Top marks for extremely caring and inclusive school

Clase Primary in Swansea is an extremely caring and inclusive school that supports all its children exceptionally well and the pupils themselves can take a lot of the credit for this.


Inspectors spent a week there last term and have now released a glowing inspection report.

Among the many highlights included in the Estyn Inspection is the work of the school's Pupil Leadership Team and the very strong voice it gives a range of pupils in influencing school life.

Inspectors said: "Pupils speak with exceptional pride about their leadership roles and the difference they make in the school community.

"Nearly all pupils feel they have a very strong voice and have a say in decision making. This has a very strong impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the pupils."

The report rates the school as excellent in three of the five inspection areas - wellbeing and attitudes to learning; care, support and guidance and leadership and management.

It is rated as good in the other two - standards and teaching.

The report adds: "During their time at the school, many pupils make strong progress and develop effective literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills.

"Pupils behaviour in classes, in and around the school is exemplary."

Teaching is praised with the strong relationship between staff pupils highlighted as a significant strength.

The report states: "In all classes, teachers provide purposeful and relevant learning experiences for their pupils within a creative, broad and balanced curriculum.

"They set clear learning objectives and use a range of interesting resources to engage pupils' interests."

The inspectors said headteacher Sharon Hope sets a clear direction for developing Clase Primary to its full potential and she works with the senior leadership team to set very expectations for the school. They are well supported well by the governing body.

Mrs Hope said: "I am very pleased that inspectors recognised the role our pupils play in creating a very happy, caring and inclusive community.

"Their ideas and enthusiasm are what makes Clase Primary so special and I would like to thank them and their families for their continued support."

Alan Gabriel, chair of the school governors, said: "The governing body is absolutely delighted and excited about the report."

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said what made the inspection report even more impressive was the high number of pupils on free school meals (FSM) at the school and the excellent progress they made.

Thanks to the work of a cross-party group of councillors new measures will see schools in Swansea share best practice on how they use the Pupil Development Grant to narrow the gap in achievement of young people who qualify for FSM.

Cllr Raynor said: "When I visited Clase Primary recently it was striking the pride the pupils showed in their school and how their voices were listened to and I'm very pleased that the inspection team recognised this and all the other great work that goes on there.

"Clase is an excellent example of how schools use the PDG effectively.

"Everyone associated with the school should be very proud of this report and I'd again congratulate them all."

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