There’s good news for Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, after inspectors found it had made good progress following an earlier inspection, with a number of improvements made throughout 2018.

After an inspection from Estyn in 2017, the school was categorised as in need of significant improvement.

But after a follow-up visit and report from the inspections body, the school is judged to have made the improvements needed, meaning Estyn has now taken it out of the category.

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The improvements made by the school include:

Raising standards in Key Stage 3, especially at the higher levels, and improving boys’ writing skills

  • Sharing good practice across the school to boost the quality and accuracy of marking, and pupils’ response to teachers’ comments.
  • Reducing the level of temporary exclusions.
  • Implementing the school’s self-assessment recommendations and share best practice among all departments to promote excellence.

“Delighted with the outcome of the monitoring report”

Catrin Pritchard, Headteacher at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, said: “We are, of course, delighted with the outcome of our Estyn monitoring report published today, stating that the school has now been removed from the list of schools that are in need of significant improvement.

“The report reflects the hard work demonstrated by all members of the school since the core inspection. Estyn has noted that the school has introduced an appropriate range of strategies to improve pupils’ performance, and has clear direction and expectations. We have been described as a very inclusive school, which ensures that all pupils are able to complete their education through the medium of Welsh. They also identified that we have strengthened arrangements to seek and act on the views of pupils and parents – a key area for us as a school community.

“The staff and governors at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd have demonstrated their continuous dedication towards the school and pupils during the last few years, and this is only the beginning. We have set the foundations for continuous improvement with a shared vision for the future of the school: to provide an outstanding education for all Welsh medium pupils in Wrexham.”

Trefor Jones-Morris, Chair of the Governors at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, said: “It was a great pleasure to receive the news that Estyn has deemed the school to have made enough progress to be removed from the list of schools that are in need of significant improvement.

“It has been a difficult and challenging time for the school and the school community. Thanks to the staff, there has been an improvement in outcomes and experiences provided to the pupils. The Senior Management Team has shared its improvement plans for the near future with the Governors, and we have every faith that the school will continue on this improvement path.”

Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education at Wrexham Council, said: “I’m very pleased to see that Estyn has recognised the work and effort put in by everyone at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, and removed the school from its list of those in need of significant improvement.

“We will continue to support the school and its leadership team as they make further improvements, towards their goal of providing Welsh medium education at a high standard.”

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