Wrexham school receives glowing report from inspectors

Published date: 19 May 2014 |
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A SCHOOL for children and young people with special needs has received a glowing report in an inspection.

St Christopher’s School in Wrexham was described as “excellent” by Welsh school inspections organisation Estyn for both its current performance and prospects for improvement.

In a report released on Friday, the school achieved an “excellent” rating across several areas, including leadership, working in partnership with other schools and offering care, support and guidance to pupils.

The only area in which the school did not achieve an “excellent” rating was in teaching, where it was rated as “good”.

Estyn’s recommendations included developing IT throughout the school and encouraging pupils at Key Stage Two and Three to work alongside pupils in mainstream schools.

The school serves 285 pupils, aged between six and 19, and nearly all of them have a statement of special educational needs. Many of its pupils are from the Wrexham County Borough, but some pupils also come from areas such as Flintshire, Denbighshire Shropshire, Cheshire and Hull.

On-site specialist facilities at the school on Stockwell Grove include an eco centre, a hydrotherapy pool, hair and beauty salons and a bungalow for its independent living department.

St Christopher’s headteacher Maxine Pittaway said: “I am delighted to receive such a glowing report.

“I would like to thank the dedicated leadership team, who have worked with the enthusiastic and committed teaching and non-teaching staff to make the school such a wonderful school to lead.

“St Christopher’s is a community school, with staff, governors, pupils, parents and the wider community of Wrexham all working together for the good of the young people of St Christopher’s.

“It is wonderful that Estyn has recognised our achievements.”

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