Rare ‘double excellent’ inspection report for Bryntirion
15 December 2016
Pupils, staff and governors at Bryntirion Comprehensive School in Bridgend are celebrating an early Christmas present after the school received a rare ‘double excellent’ inspection report from Estyn.
Both the school’s current performance and its prospects for improvement have been judged at the highest possible standard of ‘excellent’.
The double has been achieved thanks to a combination of strong leadership, good teaching, and exceptional care, support and guidance.
Inspectors praised Bryntirion’s “outstanding ethos”, commenting that “consistently good teaching in lessons ensures that pupils are highly engaged and motivated to learn.”
The school’s current performance is rated so highly as pupils are making exceptional progress, with performance in the indicators that include English and Mathematics being consistently high for the last three years. The more able pupils, pupils with additional learning needs, and pupils eligible for free school meals all achieve very well.
The school has effective procedures for ensuring high standards of behaviour by pupils and it deals well with the very few incidents of bullying.
Pupils also display positive attitudes towards healthy eating and exercise. They choose healthy options in the canteen, and many participate enthusiastically in school and community sporting activities.
Inspectors reported that the school’s prospects for improvement are excellent because the head teacher and senior team provide exceptional strategic leadership.
There is “a clear vision to develop a culture of high expectations in all aspects of the school’s work” and the line management responsibilities are clear and robust, ensuring that teachers and managers at all levels are fully accountable for their work.
Councillor Huw David, the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “What fantastic news. Congratulations to everyone at Bryntirion Comprehensive School on achieving such an outstanding inspection report.
“Inspectors have certainly found that the school’s motto ‘We learn how to live’ is extremely well embedded. Inspectors found an exceptional atmosphere of respect between teachers and pupils, and I’m delighted that this positive learning environment is helping the school to develop happy, motivated, and well-rounded young adults.
“No pupil has left Bryntirion without a qualification in the last two years, and that is a testament to the efforts of everyone at the school.”
Head teacher Nick Brain said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the Estyn inspection. We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our students and are extremely pleased that Estyn have acknowledged the hard work, commitment, dedication and exceptionally positive relationships within our school community.
“Our young people excel in and out of the classroom and Bryntirion is an outstanding and vibrant school. We are also excited about the future and particularly as we have recently agreed a partnership with Sony through the Careers Wales Business Class initiative. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with a high performing business partner in the local area.”
Following their visit, Estyn inspectors have made two recommendations for improvement. The first one is to improve the quality of written feedback to pupils and their responses to it, and the second recommendation is to improve arrangements to develop pupils’ Welsh language skills.
The school will now draw up an action plan that shows how it will address the recommendations, while Estyn will invite Bryntirion to prepare a written case study, describing the excellent practice identified during the inspection.