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Caring and supportive school praised by inspectors

A primary school in Swansea has been praised for its very caring and supportive ethos that means pupils are happy and feel they are valued.


Inspectors from Estyn visited Gendros Primary School earlier this term and have rated it good in all five national inspection areas in their report published this week.

They said the headteacher, staff and governors work well as a team and ensure that the school provides very helpful, individual support for pupils and families.

All pupils learn about their rights, which helps them to support each other and to feel safe in school.

The report states: "They show a strong understanding of respect and tolerance, based on their knowledge of the values that the school promotes. Nearly all pupils behave very well and are polite and welcoming to visitors."

Teachers are praised for providing interesting opportunities for pupils to relate their learning to real-life situations which engage most pupils effectively in their tasks.

As a result, pupils make good progress with their learning as they move through the school.

Staff learn from each other and from other schools and inspectors said this had  brought about improvements in the curriculum and to the school environment.

They added: "Classrooms are inviting with colourful displays of pupils' work and there are extensive outdoor areas to support pupils' physical development well."

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "Staff, pupils and parents at Gendros Primary should be very proud of this inspection report.

"I would to congratulate them all for their hard work which has resulted in this excellent inspection report."

Headteacher Dean Phillips said: "There are so many parts in this report that I am proud of, but one of my favourite lines is Estyn's conclusion that a particular strength of the school is the way in which the school provides very helpful, individual support for pupils and families. It is a huge endorsement of the school's approach to inclusion, family liaison and wellbeing.

"The staff, parents, local community and, most of all, the children should feel a deep sense of pride when they read the report.

"The fact that Estyn has highlighted good practice in all of the key inspection areas is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff, governors and pupils of the school. Well done, team Gendros."

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Caption: Headteacher Dean Phillips and the schools Family Liaison Officer Karen Millis with members of the Pupil Council.



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