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Excellent school highlighted as an example for others

A rural primary school in Swansea has been recognised at an awards ceremony that celebrates the very best in education in Wales.


Staff from Llanrhidian Primary School, which earlier this year received a rare double excellent inspection report, attended the event staged by Estyn.

The Education and Training Inspectorate for Wales said other schools in Wales could learn from the excellent work taking place at Llanrhidian, in particular the involvement of all school staff, governors, and the wider community in identifying areas for improvement and addressing them.

Estyn said all staff "have a genuine desire for excellence" and make exemplary use of technology to ensure each pupil reaches their full potential.

The school's effective pupil tracking systems have been continuously improved to ensure routine and rigorous evaluation of every pupil's progress.

Estyn also highlighted the opportunities for governors, parents, pupils and the wider community to have an input in improvement plans and the way they are kept informed about what is going on at the school.

Llanrhidian Primary School headteacher Donna Caswell said it was an honour to attend the awards, which were presented by Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector at Estyn and Kirsty Williams, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Mrs Caswell said: "We are delighted with this award which recognises the success that working together brings.  We are so fortunate to have a school community of pupils, parents, staff and governors that strive for the best.

"Together we have developed a culture of continuous improvement that offers our pupils the very best in opportunities.  We are passionate about developing an authentic and challenging curriculum that will grow a generation of pupils who love to learn."

Mr Rowlands said: "Celebrating the excellence in our education system and recognising how it was achieved will help to inspire and drive improvement across Wales."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Life Long Learning: "Swansea is very lucky in having a Head of an outstanding school who generously shares the steps to improvement and provides an example of what excellence looks like. Congratulations to everyone at Llanrhidian Primary."

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