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Pupils make strong progress at 'happy and inclusive' school

PUPILS make strong progress in their learning during their time at Waunarlwydd Primary School and achieve well, while teachers run exciting, varied and well-planned lessons across a range of subjects, inspectors have found.

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Estyn has marked the school as excellent for wellbeing and attitudes to learning and also as excellent for its care, support and guidance. It has been judged to be good in all other inspection areas.

Waunarlwydd is currently a pioneer school that is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to develop the new curriculum for Wales.

In their report published this week inspectors said: "During their time at Waunarlwydd, most pupils, including those with additional learning needs, make strong progress and achieve well.

"Pupils develop excellent leadership skills and have a significant impact on school life. The school's mission, values and ethos are very strong."

Inspectors said pupils have a deep understanding of their rights as children and this develops their awareness of diversity, tolerance and respect to a high level.

"Teachers give pupils purposeful, beneficial experiences that help them develop their skills well, especially in art, dance, film and drama," added the report.

Literacy, numeracy, language and ICT skills are also a strength as is the use of outdoor learning.

Estyn said the school has a successful track record in bringing about improvement and headteacher Ruth Davies has a clear vision for the school that pupils, staff, parents and governors share.

Mrs Davies said all associated with the school should be very proud of the report.

She added: "We're described as a 'happy and inclusive community' which is exactly what our mission statement sets out to achieve. We know that unless a child feels happy and safe, to be able to make choices about a curriculum which makes sense to them and to be able to input on decision making across the school they will never be able to fulfil their true potential or make the most of opportunities offered to them.

"So, whilst we're obviously pleased that Estyn recognises the strong progress our pupils make, what we're really thrilled about is the fact the report notes the difference our rights based provision makes for each and every learner, regardless of starting points.

"To be described as an 'outward facing school' pays tribute to the dedication of all staff who work incredibly hard to make sure the strong values and ethos to which the report also refers, make a difference every day for the learners in our care."

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "This is an excellent report with many highlights.

"I was particularly pleased to see Estyn acknowledging the well planned use of teaching assistants to support pupils and the contribution they make to the good progress of pupils with additional learning needs."

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