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Gowerton school is the latest to impress inspectors

Gowerton School has become the latest comprehensive in Swansea to impress school inspectors.

Gowerton Comprehensive School

It scored excellent or good ratings across the board following an Estyn inspection this year.

Pupils sitting GCSE examinations perform above the Welsh average and results are improving year on year.

Youngsters with additional learning needs make very good progress overall and the results for sixth form students, which are at least in line with schools nationally, are also improving.

The inspection team found standards of wellbeing amongst pupils are "exceptional" and their behaviour is "exemplary".

Many of the 1,053 pupils on the school roll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Attendance rates are also high and the school is highly effective in promoting diversity.

Inspectors said they were impressed by the quality of teaching.

The report states: "In nearly all lessons, teachers establish strong, positive and productive working relationships with their pupils.

"Many teachers plan well-structured lessons that help pupils make good progress.

"Overall, the quality of care, support and guidance provided at Gowerton School is outstanding and prepares pupils very well for the responsibilities of adult life."

The work of the school council was praised for its positive impact on school life.

Links with the wider community were described as "exceptionally strong."

Inspectors said the leadership of the school has had a significant impact on the high standards that pupils achieve.

The governing body know the school well and use their broad range of experiences to support the school.

They added: "There is a clear vision for the school based on every pupil achieving their potential. This is shared and understood by all."

Headteacher Nigel Jones and Chair of Governors  Debbie Lloyd said: "We are very  pleased with the report which reflects a lot of hard work by staff and pupils.

"We are also very grateful for the support we continue to receive from parents, guardians and the wider community.

"The challenge now is to not only continue to maintain these high standards but to build on them going forward, but it is a challenge we are determined to meet."

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