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Outstanding schools invited to education celebration

Four outstanding Swansea schools have been invited to an evening celebrating the very best in education in Wales.


Cwmrhydyceirw and Craigfelen primary schools and Bishopston and Olchfa comprehensives have each been asked to attend Estyn's annual awards evening next month.

Estyn, which is responsible for standards in education and training in Wales, has invited schools and other providers who received a judgement of 'excellent' in three or more inspection areas in the last academic year.

Cwmrhydyceirw was judged as excellent in all five inspection areas; Craigfelen was rated excellent in three and good in two while both Bishopston and Olchfa were judged as excellent across the board.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "All four of these schools received outstanding inspection reports and fully deserve this recognition.

"What these schools have in common are teaching staff dedicated to improving their own skills who make lessons and learning interesting and relevant. The inspectors also commented on the pride pupils had in their schools along with the care and support they receive and provide to each other.

"It is a theme that has also been highlighted at many other of our excellent schools and I'm pleased this is invariably reflected in the reports produced by Estyn following visits by their inspectors.

"Almost without exception schools in Swansea have received very positive feedback following inspections in recent years. There can be no doubt the high standards within our schools, both primary and secondary, were reflected in another set of excellent GCSE and A-level results in the summer."

Those attending the awards evening will receive a certificate and congratulations from Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector at Estyn, and Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams.

Cllr Raynor added: "Education is a top priority for Swansea Council and we are proud to be so well represented at Estyn's annual awards. I hope that teachers, pupils and their parents are equally proud not just of these four schools but all the others who have received impressive inspection reports in the last few years."

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