When Dinas Powys Primary School was formed from the amalgamation of two schools, clear strategic leadership ensured that the quality of teaching and learning in the new school was maintained.   Number of pupils: 464 Age range: 3-11 Date of inspection: May 2016 Context and background to sector-leading practice When […]

Estyn: Dinas Powys Primary School – Effective Leadership for Seamless School Amalgamation

Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in KS3 Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils School(s) or partnership name: Ferndale Community School (Tylorstown, Maerdy, Darran Park & Penrhys Primary). Name of lead person: Heather Nicholas & Nicole Jones Role of lead person: Head teacher; Achievement Leader […]

Ferndale Community School – Transition Fortnight

Strategy: Subject teachers use the Essential Skills Wales curriculum to plan opportunities to develop pupils’ skills. The school provides pupils with a booklet in which they track their own progress in each of the skill areas. Action: Each subject department has a ‘skills champion’ who ensures that schemes of work […]

Estyn: Pen Y Dre High School – Involving pupils in their own progress in skills

Maesteg School in Bridgend recognises that there are barriers that impact on progress for a majority of pupils. The school provides an extensive range of intervention strategies, including individual mentoring, alternative pathways providing personalised programmes, highly specialised additional learning support and partnerships with other agencies. The impact of any intervention […]

Estyn: Maesteg School – Strategies to reduce barriers to progress and ensure support for every pupil

Porthcawl Comprehensive School ensures that support programmes are put in place to help pupils with the transition from primary to secondary school. Questionnaires are used to identify children that have particular concerns and these pupils are then invited to join the ‘Helping Hands’ group. The school arranges extra visits for any […]

Estyn: Porthcawl Comprehensive School – Effective transition from primary to secondary school

Strategy: Part of the school’s strategic planning is to create stronger links with parents and the local community, so as to ensure that disadvantaged learners are well supported. The school has focused attention on learners’ transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3 and monitors carefully learners’ progress and […]

Estyn: Cathays High School – Creating stronger links with parents and the local community to ensure that disadvantaged learners are well-supported

Strategy: A task and finish group consisting of headteachers and local authority officers developed the framework to provide a systematic and rigorous approach to managing attendance. The five steps in the strategy are as follows: Step 1 – School-based intervention such as demonstrating a clear attendance ethos, interventions of form […]

Estyn: Fitzalan High School – The impact of delegation and implementation of a five-step framework in a secondary high school and its primary school cluster in Cardiff