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Wrexham Primary School Receives Positive Estyn Report

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 30th, 2014.

A Wrexham primary school has received a positive report in its most recent inspection.

Holt Community Primary School, which is located on Chapel Street in Holt, has been judged as ‘Good’ in their latest Estyn Inspection.

There are four ‘judgements’ that can be given to a school’s performance; excellent, good, adequate and unsatisfactory. An ‘good’ judgement means that the school has many strengths and no important areas requiring significant improvement.

Estyn notes that the current performance of the school is Good because:
– The standards of achievement are good throughout the school
– The standard of pupils’ behaviour is very good
– The learning experiences are varied and engage nearly all learners successfully
– Nearly all pupils are enthusiastic learners
– There are very good relationships between staff and pupils
– The overall quality of teaching is good; and
– The school’s caring ethos develops pupils’ attitudes to health and wellbeing effectively.

Four recommendations for the school are also listed, including: Improving standards for more able pupils, improving pupils’ standards in Welsh in key stage 2, particularly in writing; ensuring all areas of the information and communication technology curriculum are planned for systematically and progressively and more effective use of date to support and strengthen assessment procedures.

The report notes that the Primary school’s prospects for improvements are also ‘Good’, commenting on the quality of the school’s leadership, their sense of direction and the effective process for self evaluation.

Within each inspection, Estyn comments on a number of areas in the school, including teaching, the learning environment, partnership working and resource management.

Overall the school received a judgement of ‘Good’ on all areas listed by Estyn. With regards to the school’s leadership, the report notes: “The headteacher conveys a clear vision for the school, which all staff share. Her effective leadership ensures that all aspects of school life have a positive influence on pupils’ standards of work and wellbeing. All staff are clear about their role in improving opportunities and outcomes for pupils.”

Comments for the overall learning environment were also given a positive review, with Estyn commenting on the school’s ‘equal access to the curriculum and all aspects of school life regardless of their gender, ability, ethnicity or background’.

The report adds: “The well-maintained buildings and attractive communal areas such as the library enrich pupils’ learning experiences. Classrooms are attractive, bright and tidy, creating a friendly and welcoming learning environment.”

A full copy of the Estyn report can be found on their website here.

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