Head of Sychdyn school reacts to critical Estyn report

Published date: 13 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE headteacher of an under-performing primary school said staff are committed to providing the education their pupils deserve.

Jane Edwards, of Sychdyn County Primary School, was reacting to news that following a January inspection school standards watchdog Estyn said significant improvements were needed.

A letter from Estyn strategic director Meilyr Rowlands to Welsh Education Minister Huw Lewis AM, seen by the Leader, said not enough progress had been made in addressing problems at the school and important shortcomings remain in key areas.

The inspectors said improving pupils’ writing and standards and use of numeracy and communication technology had been largely addressed.

A statement released by the school yesterday highlighted the massive progress it claims has been made since Estyn inspectors visited the school in 2012.

The statement said the school is delighted that Estyn has recognised the rapid and significant progress made by pupils in areas such as language and maths in the wake of its most recent inspection in January.

Miss Edwards said: “To achieve such improvements in such a short time has required a significant commitment from all staff and pupils.

“This drive for future improvement will not end after this report. All staff are committed to providing the education our pupils deserve.

“I personally thank the parents for the support they have given us during this period of change and improvement.”

Despite the progress in literacy and maths, the inspection report, which is yet to be published, said issues concerning the quality of teaching and assessment, the development of foundation phase provision and health and safety have only been partly addressed.

A school statement read: “At the time of our initial inspection in 2012 a headteacher, Miss Jane Edwards, had been newly appointed.

“The inspection made six recommendations which had already been recognised by the incumbent head.

“In the short period to the follow up inspection massive progress has been made.

“Three of the recommendations from this report have been largely addressed and three are on-going.

“The school is delighted Estyn recognised the rapid and significant progress made by pupils particularly in Key Stage Two in language and maths and also how the new structure has benefited the teaching and learning of these subjects.”

l In a separate Estyn inspection in January, Saltney Ferry County Primary School was deemed unsatisfactory and was recommended to be placed into special measures.

It would become the first school in the county to be placed in special measures.

Saltney Ferry CP governors made no comment on the yet-to-be published inspection report when contacted by the Leader yesterday.

Flintshire Council said it would be inappropriate to comment on either school until Estyn published its findings.

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  1. Posted by: kevinweston4 at 22:22 on 13 March 2014 Report

    Inappropriate of the Leader as well. When does the Staff Reporter obtain a name?

  2. Posted by: kevinweston4 at 22:29 on 13 March 2014 Report

    Well done to Miss Edwards, for getting a correct perspective and confirming her staff put the children first. Perhaps Staff Reporter should spend a day at these schools. Or even better a day with Estyn inspectors or rather a group of contracted individuals with their fee at heart.

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