Following a recent Estyn inspection at Ysgol Penglais, the school is delighted with the findings of the report.

Inspectors reported that ‘Effective leadership and a culture of trust has strengthened the teaching and learning experiences at the school over time.’

Their findings confirmed that ‘Most pupils have mature attitudes towards their education and work with staff to ensure that the school is a calm and pleasant learning environment’ and that ‘The school has a wide range of strategies to support the wellbeing of all pupils, including those that have additional learning needs and those who require emotional support.’

The report mentions that ‘The headteacher provides assured leadership and is well supported by leaders at all levels. Together, they provide a clear strategic direction and know the strengths and areas for improvement of the school well. They improve quality successfully.’

Mair Hughes, Headteacher of Ysgol Penglais said: “I am delighted that the Estyn inspectors saw what we see every day in the school: high quality teaching and learning; a school that cares for its students; and students with mature attitudes who, through positive relationships with staff, help create a calm and pleasant learning environment. We now look forward to developing even further as a school, addressing the areas of recommendations and building on our strengths.”

The findings confirmed that ‘The school has a clear vision for the development of its curriculum which is based on the findings of research on effective education practice. Professional learning is a strength, and the development of teaching is central to these curricular developments’ and that ‘Teachers are involved in a wide range of both whole school and individual initiatives to improve their practice.’

Professor Jon Moorby, Governors Chairman, said: “I am very pleased that the Estyn inspectors recognised the significant improvements that have occurred in Ysgol Penglais School over the last few years. I am very proud of the whole school – staff, students, and the wider multicultural community of parents/carers and local businesses in Aberystwyth – who have contributed in the development of a fantastic learning environment for our future generation and continue to do this every day. I am particularly pleased that Estyn identified leading examples of good practice that will be shared with other schools in Wales. These were in the areas of professional development of school staff – the school expects and provides the highest standards of teaching and learning for everyone, pupils and staff alike – and in the implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales.”

Estyn is led by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales. It inspects quality and standards of schools across Wales.

All Estyn reports can be viewed on the Estyn website.