A PRIMARY school has been placed under special measures after a damning report by a Welsh education watchdog.
Estyn has said special measures are required at Bwlchgwyn Community Primary School after finding its prospects for improvement were unsatisfactory.
While the school’s current performance was found to be adequate, inspectors were critical of a number of areas of its performance including teaching, leadership, learning experiences and care, support and guidance, all of which were branded unsatisfactory.
Estyn has drawn up a list of nine recommendations to improve peformance at the school, on Brymbo Road in Bwlchgwyn, which currently has 112 pupils.
They include improving pupils’ standards of reading in the foundation phase and writing in both key stages, raising pupils’ standards of numeracy in key stage two and improving the quality of teaching.
In the report, which was released yesterday following an inspection in October, it states: “The school’s current performance is adequate because most pupils have high standards of wellbeing, most pupils have good standards of speaking and listening, many key stage two pupils read well and with fluency and interest, most foundation phase pupils use their numeracy skills well and the school has a welcoming and supportive ethos for pupils.
“However many pupils’ make only satisfactory progress with their learning, many pupils’ standards of writing are not consistently good enough and there are shortcomings in teaching and assessment in a majority of lessons.
“The school’s prospects for improvement are unsatisfactory because the school has a poor track record of raising standards or improving provision, systems for self-evaluation are very weak and not used consistently, school improvement planning fails to focus on key priorities or to set clear and measureable targets for improvement, many staff are unclear about their roles and responsibilities and the school makes insufficient use of data to monitor its progress or the progress of initiatives.”
Headteacher, Susan Williams, said: “We are very disappointed at Estyn's comments but accept their report and will now prepare an action plan that will address recommendations.
“I can assure parents that all staff and governors at Bwlchgwyn CP will work together to bring the school out of special measures as soon as possible.”
Cllr Michael Williams, lead member for children's services and education, said: “We are naturally disappointed with Estyn’s report and we will work with the school to prepare an action plan that addresses the recommendations.”
The school will now receive monitoring visits from Estyn each term.