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Pupils make good progress at extremely caring school

Pupils attending Portmead Primary make good progress in their learning and achieve well during their time at the school, inspectors have found.


They have rated the school as good across the board in all inspection areas.

In its report Estyn said: "Nearly all pupils, including pupils in the specialist teaching facility, are enthusiastic learners.

"Most show a positive attitude and are eager to share their work and successes with one another, teachers and visitors.

"Most teachers have high expectations and nearly all pupils respond well to the challenges that they are set.

"One of the school's strengths is the caring ethos that exist in all classes, which fosters an environment in which pupils and staff treat each other with respect."

Teachers have a good knowledge of their subjects and lessons are lively and encourage all pupils to achieve as well as they can.

Inspectors said headteacher David Thomas has created a strong team ethic which is supported by a shared sense of pride and purpose among staff and the governing is also very supportive.

Mr Thomas said: "I would like to congratulate everyone associated with the school for their commitment and hard work that is reflected in the findings of this report.

"Teachers, pupils and their families should be very proud."

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Jennifer Raynor, said: "There were many highlights in the Estyn report but I was particularly pleased to read about the considerable progress pupils make at the school and the caring and ambitious ethos of the teachers towards the pupils.

"The school has a high proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals, more than double the Welsh average, which makes this report even more impressive.

"All associated with Portmead Primary should be very proud indeed of the inspection findings."

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