Staff and pupils at Rhosymedre school have plenty to smile about following a highly successful Estyn Inspection report.

In the opening remarks in the report the inspector says that “Rhosymedre Community Primary School is an exceptionally caring and nurturing community that ensures pupils feel safe, secure and happy…… The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide strong leadership and a clear sense of strategic direction to the school’s work; both are extremely passionate about the community they serve.”

The report’s main findings go through the extremely high standards at the school with all headings being either “excellent” or “good.”

Throughout the report the inspector notes the outstanding progress at the school – standards are good with pupils in nursery and reception “making outstanding progress in developing their speech and language skills.”

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Wellbeing and attitudes to learning are “Excellent” and the “strength of working relationships between pupils and staff is an outstanding feature of the school’s work. These relationships underpin the school’s culture and play a pivotal role in improving pupils’ attitudes to learning, motivation and behaviour.”

One particularly memorable quote from the report is a tribute to both pupils and staff:

“Pupils have exceptionally high levels of trust in the staff and believe strongly that they will also do their best for them.”

The teaching and learning experiences at the school are “good” with the overall quality of teaching being ranked as good. Teachers ask a wide range of questions that require pupils to think for themselves.

Care, support and guidance at the school is judged to be Excellent. It is an “exceptionally caring and nurturing community that ensures pupils feel safe, secure and happy. Staff know their pupils very well. As a result, from the moment pupils enter the school, they receive exemplary support for their social, emotional and learning needs.”

Finally the inspectors spoke of the leadership and management of the school which is viewed as “good”. “Senior leaders lead by example and model the behaviours they expect from staff exceptionally well. They have high expectations of everyone and themselves. Leaders receive strong support from staff who all believe in, and work towards, achieving the school’s vision.”

“Delighted and immensely proud”

Mrs Elizabeth Edwards headteacher, said: “We are thoroughly delighted and immensely proud of the findings by Estyn. This is due to the dedication and hard work of my amazing team. The report is a real tribute and celebration of the caring, supportive and respectful relationships we have with our pupils, families and community. We acknowledge the recommendations identified and we are confident that we can make the improvements required.”

From Cllr Ken Bather, Chair of Governors, “Rhosymedre is a fantastic school, with committed staff and governors. I am so very proud of all the staff, pupils and their families.”

Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education said: “It is clear from the report that this is an exceptional school with committed and supportive staff and governors who want the very best for the children who are learning in an environment in which they are thriving ? I congratulate them on this report and everyone should be very proud of themselves.”

As the school looks to the future they will be concentrating on improving pupils’ ability to extend their writing, improve pupils’ standards in Welsh and their knowledge of Welsh culture and heritage. They will also provide regular opportunities for staff to share the best practices in learning and teaching in other schools.

Estyn will invite the school to prepare two case studies on its work in relation to how it develops pupils’ early speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and also on how the school has become a nurturing community that improves pupils’ attitudes to school and behaviour for Estyn’s own website.

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