Posted: Sat 25th Mar 2017

Recognition For Rising Standards At Bryn Hafod Primary /
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Mar 25th, 2017

Bryn Hafod Primary School in Llanrumney is celebrating after education watchdog Estyn removed the school from monitoring. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Estyn has found that progress has been made in addressing the recommendations it made when the school was inspected in November 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rhian Lundrigan, Headteacher at Bryn Hafod Primary School since September 2015, said: “I am delighted that we have been removed from Estyn monitoring and this latest report has proved the school has turned a corner. All staff, pupils, parents and governors have played an important part in Bryn Hafod’s journey of school improvement over the last 18 months. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The recommendations that Estyn identified for the school in November 2015 have been instrumental in moving the school forward. The governors are also delighted that Estyn has recognised the progress made in a short period of time, which reflects the commitment and dedication of all the staff. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are now looking to the future, we have worked really hard to get to this point and we are all sharing a common vision to continue to grow and build on the foundations we now have in place. These are very exciting times for Bryn Hafod Primary School.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In their latest report the Estyn inspectors noted that the school has revised and improved its literacy planning, as well as making good progress for mathematics in all year groups. Attendance is now in the top 50% when compared with similar schools and persistent absence is declining. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The inspectorate also found the school to have made great efforts to improve the quality of teaching and changes made to the composition of the governing body has resulted in more effective working. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Welcoming the Estyn decision, Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Sarah Merry said: “This is a significant achievement for Bryn Hafod Primary School and the staff, pupils, governors and parents deserve recognition for their hard work that has gone into bringing about this improvement. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The progress our individual schools are making is reflected in the rising standards we are seeing in education in Cardiff as a whole. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Performance has improved considerably over the last five years and Cardiff now stands above the Welsh average in a number of key stages, including at primary school level, where the improvement has been particularly strong.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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