YSGOL Gymraeg Brynsierfel in Llwynhendy is celebrating resounding success following their recent ESTYN inspection in May 2018.

The ESTYN report, published on July 24th, has awarded the school the highest accolade of excellence in all five inspection areas, namely standards, wellbeing and attitudes to learning, teaching and learning experiences, care, support and guidance, leadership and management.

The report describes the school as being extremely homely and the classrooms and corridors as colourful, stimulating and interesting spaces, where all pupils can learn productively.

Pupils’ standards of behaviour and self-discipline in lessons and around the school are excellent. They take turns, listen to each other’s opinions and respect their peers’ contributions very politely. This reinforces the school’s homely and supportive ethos, which promotes effective learning in a highly caring environment.

Headteacher Mrs. Jayne Davies, with the full support of the Deputy Mr. Adam Barnett, is praised in the report for leading the school highly effectively, in a calm, sincere but firm manner.

In a short time, she has succeeded in creating an extremely close-knit and inclusive community, which has had an exceptional effect on standards, provision and the wellbeing of pupils and staff.

Both Mrs. Jayne Davies and Mr. Adam Barnett were appointed to their posts at Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel two years ago and have worked closely together sharing a robust vision of developing the school as a very successful unit, which is based on high expectations. They succeed in sharing this vision clearly with the rest of the staff, governors, parents and pupils. Other members of the senior management team support them highly effectively.

One of the school’s significant features, also noted in the report, is the kind way in which teachers provide very effective opportunities for pupils to relax their bodies and minds at the beginning of sessions during the day, helping them to forget about any worries they may have and enabling them to concentrate clearly on their learning.

The school has now been invited to produce a case study to disseminate this good practice on ESTYN’s website.

Chair of Governors  Mr. Dafydd Jenkins, has issued a statement on behalf of the Governing Body at Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel:

“As the Governors of Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel, we welcome the publication of ESTYN’s inspection report. ESTYN’s judgements in the five key areas reflect the very high standards which are evident at the chalk face from day to day and the high expectations which the teachers have of every child who attends the school.

“The report refers to the excellence of the provision and the care within the school and acknowledges the focus seen on the wellbeing of all pupils. The leadership of the school was also highly commended.

“The school will not rest on its laurels- the governors will work with the school to respond to the recommendation contained in the report.

“Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel is a happy, vibrant, ambitious and excellent school.

“Hearty congratulations to the Head, staff and children of the school.”

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