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School praised for outstanding care, support and guidance

Birchgrove Comprehensive School in Swansea provides outstanding care, support and guidance to all its pupils, inspectors have found.


This means pupils enjoy high levels of wellbeing and their positive attitudes make a significant contribution to the inclusive ethos of the school.

Inspectors from Estyn visited the comprehensive in October and have now published their findings.

They judged the school as excellent for wellbeing and attitudes to learning along with care, support and guidance.

It was rated good in the other three inspection areas.

The inspectors said: "Teachers know their pupils well and develop positive working relationships with their classes. This creates a calm and purposeful learning environment that supports successfully the progress and wellbeing of pupils."

They praised pupils behaviour and the enthusiasm and skill of the teaching staff in carefully planning lessons.

Another highlight was the wide range of academic and vocational qualifications on offer and the way the school adapts the curriculum effectively to meet the needs of pupils.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Jennifer Raynor, said: "Birchgrove, along with our other comprehensive schools, has done a lot of work on developing vocational courses and I was very pleased to see how positively this was viewed by Estyn who said this was making a very positive contribution to widening pupils' skills.

"This is another very good inspection report and I would congratulate all associated with the school."

The report also said pupils make a meaningful and valuable contribution to school life, their opinions are listened to and the pupil-led "Rights Respecting Committee" makes a highly beneficial contribution to the life of younger pupils.

It said headteacher Andrew Owen provides assured leadership and his vision for a fully inclusive school is successfully shared with the whole school community.

Welcoming the report, Mr Owen said: "What I am really pleased about is that inspectors have recognised the inclusivity of the school and that Birchgrove Comprehensive School is a school for all pupils from high achievers to pupils who require that extra support to achieve their best.

"I would like to thank all our staff, the governing body, parents, guardians and the wider community for their continued support. Most of all I would like to thank our pupils who I hope are justifiably proud of this report."

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