Tongwynlais Primary School gets top marks from inspectors

May 18, 2012 No Comments »
Tongwynlais Primary School gets top marks from inspectors

Tongwynlais Primary has been awarded a "double excellent rating" by inspectors. Teacher Michelle Barrett is pictured teaching Key stage two pupils.

A Cardiff primary school has become the first local authority school in the capital to be awarded the maximum rating in its inspection report.

Tongwynlais Primary School was awarded a “double-excellent” rating following its latest inspection by education body Estyn.

The Merthyr Road primary is the first council-run school in the capital to achieve the prestigious assessment.

And it is one of only two schools in the city to receive the rating under Estyn’s new inspection framework.

In their report, officials praised the school for areas of sector-leading practice, including an innovative curriculum and strategic leadership.

Judith Davies, who has worked as head of the school for the past five years, said she was thrilled with the report.

The 45-year-old, of Rhiwbina, Cardiff, said: “It’s really affirming as a school because of the many things we have put in place to improve standards for children.

“All the teachers work very hard, all the teaching assistants work very hard and every member of the team works very hard, so to have such an acknowledgement is really tremendous.”

The Estyn report has been published today following an inspection at the school in March.

Tongwynlais Primary School is only the second school in the local authority area to receive the double-excellent rating after the Cathedral independent school in Llandaff was awarded the rating several weeks ago.

In their evaluations, inspectors rate on a four-point scale of excellent, good, adequate or unsatisfactory for three key questions.

Estyn’s new framework was introduced in 2010 and places a different emphasis on aspects of performance.

Estyn rated Tongwynlais Primary’s current performance as excellent in all three key areas, saying that the primary provides top-quality education and is a leader in its sector.

And in its overall summary, it rated the school’s current performance and prospects for improvement as excellent.

Officials said the primary, which caters for 172 pupils aged between three and 11, has “outstanding” partnerships with other schools, the local authority and universities.

Most pupils make excellent progress and achieve high standards, while the curriculum is innovative and “at the forefront of development in both the Foundation Phase and key stage 2”, the report said.

Officials also regarded the teaching and assessment quality as excellent, with a strong levels of support and guidance at the school.

Tongwynlais, which employs eight teachers and 12 teaching assistants, also achieved the top “excellent” rating in nine out of the 10 sub-categories within the report, including the quality of teaching, resource management and leadership.

“The standard of pupils’ well-being is excellent,” the report said. “Pupils enjoy school life, feel safe and are proud of their school. Most pupils are enthusiastic and well-motivated learners. They work hard in lessons, are good listeners and adopt a positive approach to learning.”

Chairman of governors Mike Jones-Pritchard said: “I’m so proud of the school and staff – it’s a fantastic achievement.”

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