SCHOOLS across Gwynedd will be enjoying their summer breaks even more than usual after receiving very positive reports from the educational standards body.
Estyn reports into two Dwyfor schools and one Meirionnydd school found standards to be ‘good’.
The report found: “The staff create a happy, caring and inclusive ethos at the school, which nurtures a supportive and active learning environment.
As a result, pupils behave well and have positive attitudes towards learning. They treat their peers, staff and visitors with respect.
“Teachers plan practical, stimulating and rich learning experiences, which meet pupils’ needs effectively. As a result, most pupils make sound progress and achieve well.
“The school has a strong Welsh ethos and provision encourages pupils to make full use of the Welsh language in all aspects of school life. As a result, many pupils develop as competent and confident bilingual learners.
“The school benefits from robust leadership, which ensures a clear strategic direction for the school. All staff are dedicated and enthusiastic, and they work together closely as a team to ensure that pupils develop to their full potential and take pride in their school and their community.
“Governors have a sound understanding of the school and use their knowledge purposefully to challenge the school and hold it to account for its performance.”
Ysgol Abererch was also deemed good in all aspects by inspectors.
The report noted: “Nearly all pupils, including those with additional learning needs, make sound progress and achieve well. Most pupils across the school have positive attitudes towards learning, and concentrate and persevere well for extended periods.
“Nearly all pupils’ behaviour in the classroom and around the school is excellent. They are very caring towards each other and treat adults and visitors with a high level of respect.
“The quality of teaching across the school is good and there is an effective working relationship between adults and pupils, which fosters a purposeful learning environment. A range of interesting learning experiences is provided for pupils, which encourages them to enjoy their work and give of their best.
“The headteacher provides robust and effective leadership, which ensures a clear strategic direction for the school and a culture that promotes continuous improvement.
“All members of staff work together very effectively to ensure that all aspects of the school’s work have a positive influence on pupils’ achievements and well-being. Governors have a sound understanding of strengths and areas for improvement, and they use their knowledge purposefully to hold the school to account for its performance successfully.”
At Ysgol O M Edwards in Llanuwchllyn, inspectors found all aspects of the school to be ‘good’ while well-being and attitudes to learning was adjudged to be ‘excellent.’
The report noted: “The school is situated in a naturally Welsh area, and all of the school’s life and work prides itself on its Welshness and promotes pupils’ pride in it.
“Pupils’ respect towards each other is evident and, as a result, behaviour and wellbeing are excellent elements. The school provides a wide range of valuable experiences that succeed in stimulating pupils’ enthusiasm towards their work.
“They use the local community successfully in order to elicit pride and understanding of the local area.
“The school is very willing to take a risk and keen to trial innovative planning methods that focus strongly on listening to the pupil’s voice. The staff’s enthusiasm in recent projects is infectious and their enjoyment in pursuing pupils’ ideas has succeeded in creating pieces of ICT and design and technology work at a very high level.”