Following a recent Estyn inspection, Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron is praised for the enriching educational experiences they provide.
The school has made considerable improvements since the last Estyn visit due to ‘hardworking teachers and assistants’, a ‘robust senior management team’ and ‘dedicated governors’ coordinated by ‘the influential head teacher who has established a clear vision for the school’.
The inspectors recognised that the school provides innovative and pioneering learning experiences for their pupils. The school has demonstrated that they are planning effectively in preparation for the new curriculum. Consequently, they have been invited to prepare a case study on how they plan stimulating themes and adopt innovative prompts and events to have a rich influence on pupils’ experiences and learning. This will be shared on Estyn’s website.
The report states that teachers plan ‘exceptional opportunities to learn about the history of the local area and Welsh culture’. The school takes an active part in community life and this helps ‘develop pupils’ creative and expressive skills purposefully and improve their self-confidence and motivation to work together’.
Inspectors were also very impressed with the ‘highly effective’ arrangements the school has made in order to ensure the care and wellbeing of all pupils. The school is ‘an inclusive, happy and homely community in which there is a strong emphasis on providing all individuals with purposeful support’.
Catrin Thomas is the school’s Headteacher and is delighted with the report. She said, “It is encouraging and heart-warming for us to receive recognition for the effective and collaborative teamwork of the learners, staff, parents and governors. The welfare of our pupils and the experiences we offer them is fundamental to our school vision. We will continue to work together to provide a happy, caring and ambitious school during this exciting time in education history for Wales.”
This community primary school is located on a southern site to the town of Aberaeron, approximately 200 metres from the beach, and enjoys views of Cardigan Bay.
Estyn is led by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales. It inspects quality and standards of schools across Wales.