The headteacher and staff at St. Mary’s Church in Wales School Brymbo, are celebrating a recent report by Estyn, which shows that the school leaders and staff at St Mary’s Aided Primary School work diligently to create a friendly, caring environment, where pupils feel happy and safe, and enjoy their learning.

The good news comes as the school continues its improvement journey and recognises that the school’s curriculum is often engaging and exciting, and its learning environment is attractive and well organized.

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The report has noted strong performance in a number of areas, including:

• The school is developing a sound track record of making improvements.
• Pupils are polite, well-mannered and respectful of the feelings of others.
• Pupils behave well in lessons and as they move around the school. This ensures a calm working ethos.
• Teachers and other adults have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour, and use positive praise well to encourage pupils to persevere.
• Many pupils develop a solid knowledge of mathematical concepts and are confident mathematicians by the time they reach Year 6.
• By the end of Year two, many pupils organize their ideas well, and present interesting and engaging pieces of extended writing.
• In many cases, teachers plan stimulating and exciting activities that develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding effectively.
• Teachers work closely together as an effective team and make a valuable contribution in supporting whole school initiatives.
• The headteacher has a clear vision for the school with a strong focus on raising standards and meeting pupils’ social and emotional needs.
• The governing body is well organized and provides a suitable level of support and challenge to the school.

The section 50 Inspection on Religious Education noted the following strengths

• The very good behaviour and attitude of the children,
• The good standard of collective worship
• The caring, inclusive ethos of the school.
• The way the children of St. Mary’s are supported by all adults to secure their full potential
• The inclusive atmosphere and curriculum enrichment offered by the school
• The prospects for Improvement in the future are good.

“We are delighted”

The headteacher at the school, Mr Bowers, praised the staff for all of their hard work and the pupils for their positive attitude to learning: “We are delighted that the recent inspection has recognised the good work that is done by all at St. Mary’s Brymbo. We also recognise the need to demonstrate further improvements to our school.”
The Chair of Governors Mr Mathews also highlighted the positive comments in the report with a focus on how the changes to the Governors have supported the school in improving standards: “We aim to be a critical friend, asking challenging questions with a focus on standards and how to improve the progress that pupils make.”

Cllr Phil Wynn, lead member for education, said: “I’m very pleased with this reassuring report. Congratulations are due to all staff and governors for their efforts in ensuring the continued focus on raising standards for their pupils.”

Rosalind Williams, Director of Education for the Diocese of St Asaph said “We are pleased that both the Estyn and Section 50 inspections recognise the hard work of staff and pupils at St Mary’s and we look forward to supporting the schools future progress.”

The school look forward to ensuring that the good progress continues.

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