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Townhill Community Primary celebrates school inspection report

PUPILS attending Townhill Community Primary make good progress during their time at the school and their behaviour and attitudes to learning are a credit to the dedicated staff and the wider community, according to inspection report published today.

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A team from Estyn visited the school on Townhill Road in February and have rated it as good across all inspection areas.

The report states: "Pupils' wellbeing is at the heart of Townhill Community Primary School and all staff work hard to ensure that there is a caring and inclusive environment.

"Pupils feel safe and cared for and have a strong sense of belonging. Most pupils are very keen to attend school and enjoy a wide variety of learning experiences provided for them."

Inspectors said the pupils were well behaved, polite, enthusiastic and respected and cared for each other and that all teachers and support staff have high expectations of pupils.

They added: "Most pupils, including those in the specialist learning facilities, make good progress during their time in school, especially in their speaking and listening skills."

Teachers were praised for providing exciting challenges linked to interesting topics.

Lesson planning, outdoor learning, and the wide range of extra-curricular activities for all pupils were also highlighted as strengths.

Headteacher Peter Owen arrived at the school at the start of the term and inspectors said he has a clear vision for the school and high expectations for the wellbeing and achievement of pupils.

The report states that he, along with other senior teachers provided strong and purposeful leadership, supported by an effective governing body.

The report added: "Together, with a conscientious team of staff, they work successfully to improve pupils' outcomes and raise their aspirations."

Mr Owen said: "I have only been at the school a short time so the credit for this excellent report must go to the pupils and their parents along with our talented staff. I hope everyone at our school and the whole community of Townhill will be very proud indeed.

"There are some areas where we can do even better and we will all work together to achieve this."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "Children learn best when they are happy and feel safe. This report is a clear reflection of the hard work of the staff, pupils and the support they receive from their families and the community. Thank you to everyone concerned."

The five inspection areas that were all rated good were standards; wellbeing and attitudes to learning; teaching and learning experience; care, support and guidance as well as leadership and management.

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