Waunarlwydd Primary School, Swansea, wins praise from Estyn
INSPECTORS have praised a Swansea primary school for its focus on pupils' wellbeing and for getting them involved.
Children at Waunarlwydd Primary School have a say in how they learn, the school's improvement plan and even helped design the school's new wing.
Estyn inspectors were so impressed with that they saw that they are holding up the Waunarlwydd way as an example for others to follow.
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Ruth Davies, who has been head teacher at the school for eight years, said: "We are delighted with the result of the inspection.
"It's a testimony to all the efforts that pupils, parents, teachers and governors put into the school every day."
Estyn inspectors rated the provision made for pupils' wellbeing as "excellent", along with relationships between staff and pupils, and pupils' understanding of the rights of the child. These were noted to impact significantly on their moral, social and life skills.
Mrs Davies added: "Pupils view the school in a really positive light and we're glad the Estyn inspectors could see that for themselves.
"Our way has always been to support pupils to make informed decisions about their school and to be involved with every aspect of school life.
"They are consulted on decisions that affect them day to day and also have the chance to consult with governors about the annual draft improvement plan, and they were even involved in drawing up the designs for a new school wing."
Other aspects of school performance praised by Estyn inspectors included attendance levels, which are above average, and the provision of extra-curricular activities such as after-school clubs and the work of the school's governing body.
The school was also praised for pupil outcomes which are well above the Welsh average and schools in similar settings, and for its focus on pupil rights which "has a very positive effect on pupils' behaviour and attitudes towards each other".
Will Evans, Swansea Council's cabinet member for learning and Skills, said: "Waunarlwydd Primary School deserves every credit for the emphasis it places on learning and pupil engagement.
"The Estyn report demonstrates that the hard work going on at the school is making a real difference to young lives, which will help pupils make the most of their talents and their futures."