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Chirk primary school slated by Estyn inspectors

Published date: 11 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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SPECIAL measures are required at Chirk school, inspectors have recommended.

Ysgol y Waun was the subject of a poor inspection report published last week, following a visit from officials from schools standards body Estyn in February.

The school has vowed to work with the local authority to address the concerns raised in the reports.

Inspectors will now return at regular intervals to check progress and see that the school is making improvements at the required pace.

The newly amalgamated Ysgol Y Waun, which operates across the two former infant and juior school sites, was judged “unsatisfactory” in its current performance by inspectors.

Responses to a parent questionnaire revealed only 35 per cent of those asked were satisfied with the school, while 32 per cent of those asked felt well informed of their child’s progress.

In contrast, the pupil questionnaire showed positive responses from youngsters in the school.

Cllr Michael Williams, Wrexham Council’s lead member for children’s services and education, said: “This is very disappointing for the school and we can assure everyone that staff, governors, pupils and parents we will be working closely with the school to ensure the issues raised by Estyn are addressed as soon as possible.”

The school was unavailable for comment.

The Estyn report noted the Ysgol y Waun governing body does not receive sufficient information to challenge effectively.

It has recommended improving arrangements for safeguarding pupils, which they say is “a cause for concern”, the low standards in numeracy, ICT skills and Welsh in most classes, a lack of “whole-school identity” across its two sites, poor behaviour in a minority, plus improving planning and teaching especially in Key Stage Two.

l Ysgol y Waun is the second primary school in Wrexham County currently placed in special measures by Estyn inspectors. The other is Bwlchgwyn Primary School.

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  1. Posted by: kevinweston05 at 21:27 on 11 April 2014 Report

    Who inspects this contracted group of individual folk who are employed by Estyn on an ad hoc basis?

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