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Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen taken out of special measures

7 July 2017

School inspectors from Estyn have removed Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen in Ynysawdre, Bridgend from ‘special measures’.

When the school was inspected in October 2015, inspectors identified a number of urgent actions that included raising standards, improving pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills, and ensuring that curriculum arrangements meet the needs of all pupils.

Other recommendations included improving the quality of teaching and the effectiveness of assessment, strengthening arrangements for the care, support and guidance of pupils, meeting statutory requirements for providing a daily act of collective worship, and strengthening self-evaluation and improvement planning arrangements at the school.

In response to the need to improve the effectiveness of leadership at all levels and ensure clear direction, high expectations and accountability, Bridgend County Borough Council arranged for Nick Brain, the headteacher of Bryntirion Comprehensive, to provide executive leadership at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen.

Less than two years later, a follow-up inspection has concluded that the school has delivered significant improvements across all of Estyn’s recommendations.

Their report states that ‘Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is judged to have made sufficient progress in relation to the recommendations following the core inspection in October 2015.

‘As a result, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales is removing the school from the list of schools requiring special measures’.

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “This is fantastic news and marks a significant first step forward in ensuring that the school has a strong foundation on which it can build and deliver further improvements.

“While I’m sure the school will continue to take every available opportunity to develop further, I understand that it is highly unusual for Estyn to remove a school from special measures within less than a two-year period.

“Estyn’s confidence in Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen’s progress is a clear indication of the positive ways in which the teachers, staff, governors, parents and students at the school have engaged with the process, and is a further sign of their commitment and dedication towards providing pupils with the very best levels of education.”

Council Leader Huw David added: “Thanks are due to Nick Brain and his team at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen for the fast and efficient way in which they have embraced this challenge.

“By working closely together in partnership with the local authority and the Central South Consortium, they have succeeded in providing the school with everything it needs to achieve further success.”

Acting executive headteacher Nick Brain said: “This is fantastic news for the whole school community and understandably we are delighted with the outcome. 

“Estyn have recognised the strong progress during the past 20 months, and have highlighted clear areas of strength now in the school. Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is now poised to go from strength to strength and continue to strive for excellence in the future.”

  • The inspection report on Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is available to read at www.estyn.gov.wales
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