A PRIMARY school which came out of special measures last year has been praised by Wales’ education watchdog.
Ysgol Penrhyn New Broughton Primary School near Wrexham was originally inspected by Estyn in 2011 and found in need of the measures.
However, after several monitoring visits inspectors removed the school from the category in April last year.
The school has now received praise in Estyn’s annual report for 2012-13, which was released this week.
In the report, the head of Estyn, Ann Keane, said: “Even though progress in closing the gap with England in GCSE results and in improving PISA outcomes continues to be uneven, and even though inspection outcomes are not showing an upward trend yet in most sectors, many individual providers that were initially identified as needing follow-up inspections during the current inspection cycle have made significant improvements.
“Ysgol Penrhyn New Broughton Primary School near Wrexham was inspected in 2011 and was found to require special measures.
“In April 2013, after several monitoring visits, inspectors found that the school no longer required special measures.
“Pupils’ performance had improved steadily since 2011 and performance in the core subject indicator places the school now in the top 25 per cent of similar schools.
“The school now has an extended leadership team with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Duties are shared between more staff and staff meet regularly to discuss the progress of new initiatives.”
She said the school has a robust system for collecting first-hand evidence of standards and there is scrutiny of pupils’ books and lesson observations.
She added: “Teachers have audited their coverage of skills across the curriculum and this has identified gaps.
“As a result, they have produced plans for pupils to practise and apply skills at an appropriate level across all subject areas.
“Teachers have set clear success criteria when planning lessons. The challenges they set match the range of pupils’ needs, including those of the more able.
“All teachers follow the school’s marking policy consistently and pupils themselves are involved in setting targets that are based on knowing where they need to improve.”
Ysgol Penrhyn headteacher Martin Matthias said: “We are delighted that Estyn have acknowledged the progress made by the school, which has been accomplished through the hard work of the staff, pupils and governors.
“Estyn have highlighted the areas which have had a significant impact on raising standards, which has been a priority of the whole school community.”