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Primary school praised for warm and caring ethos

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School has a warm, caring and nurturing environment that contributes significantly to pupils' strong levels of wellbeing, inspectors have found.


It also helps pupils' develop as caring, polite and considerate individuals. Throughout the school, nearly all pupils behave exceptionally well.

Inspectors from Estyn visited the school in Clydach in October and have now published their report.

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

In the report they said: "During their time at the school, most pupils, including those with special educational and those learning English as an additional language make good progress and achieve well. The school's provision to support pupils with special educational needs is strong."

"There are strong working relationships between staff and pupils, which promote mutual respect, courtesy and trust."

Inspectors said teachers and teaching assistants work well together, pitch work at the right level and give pupils valuable feedback.

Health eating, sports and cultural events are well promoted and many pupils are involved in leadership roles.

The inspectors added: "There is strong Welsh ethos across the school and a very clear emphasis on promoting pupils' understanding of Welsh heritage and culture.

"Parents, pupils, staff and governors contribute successfully to the strong sense of community that exists in the school."

The report says headteacher Juliet Stack promotes a clear vision for the school leads by example, communicates a strong moral purpose in her leadership and receives effective support from the senior leadership team and governing body.

"Together they promote a powerful vision for the school that celebrates the value of every pupil," the report adds.

Welcoming the report Mrs Stack said: "I am very pleased that during their visit the inspectors formed a very positive view of our school and the importance we place on ensuring every pupil feels safe and cared for.

"We do have a very strong sense of community and this would not be possible without the support of all our staff, pupils, their parents and the wider community."

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Learning, Improvement and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, added: "There were many highlights in the report which shows pupils attending St Joseph's Catholic Primary progress well and enjoy their time at the school. Congratulations are due to all."

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