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‘Double good’ inspection report for Mynydd Cynffig Primary School

08 November 2018

Mynydd Cynffig Primary School has received a very positive inspection report which rates both its current performance and prospects for improvements as ‘good’.

In its first inspection since the former Mynydd Cynffig Infants and Junior schools came together, Estyn inspectors were pleased with what they found when they visited in July.

They reported that nearly all pupils are making good progress and achieving well, while a few pupils are making excellent progress beyond expectations for their age by the end of key stage 2.

Nearly all pupils feel happy and safe in school and enjoy learning, while the standards of behaviour are good throughout the school. The overall quality of teaching is good, providing a range of stimulating learning experiences for pupils, particularly through their excellent expressive arts curriculum.

The inspectors also recognised that the school is a happy, inclusive and nurturing community which supports pupils’ wellbeing very effectively.

The school’s prospects for improvement are ‘good’ because the Head Teacher Neil Davies is a visible and active presence around the school and knows staff and pupils very well. Inspectors judged him as having high expectations and a clear vision - which all members of staff share - for developing the school as an educational, stimulating environment.

It was also noted by the inspection team that staff respond positively to parents’ suggestions and to any concerns, while the governing body has a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development, holding the school to account effectively.

Head Teacher Neil Davies said: “We are pleased with the positive comments made by the inspection team, especially in identifying the many areas of strength within the school. The report reflects the dedication of our staff and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them, members of the governing body and the community of parents for their support.’’

The inspectors also identified three areas for improvement in their report. They recommended that the school should continue to develop a whole primary school ethos, and also further develop shared leadership to ensure that there are joint policies and working practices across the school. The third recommendation is to increase less confident readers’ enthusiasm for reading and the range of books they read at key stage two.

The school will now draw up a post-inspection action plan to show how it will address those recommendations.

Councillor Charles Smith, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “Everyone at Mynydd Cynffig Primary School should be very proud of this positive Estyn report, which is the first since their amalgamation in 2015.

“Although the former infants and junior schools always worked very closely and successfully together, creating an all-through primary school under the management of one Head Teacher has brought even greater continuity to the educational experience of the pupils.

“It was particularly pleasing to read the positive comments made in the inspection report about the school’s innovative work as a curriculum pioneer school, focusing on the expressive arts. As a pioneer school, Mynydd Cynffig are playing a key role in helping to develop an exciting new curriculum for the whole of Wales, and it is clear that their involvement is already proving to be a beneficial, stimulating experience for the pupils."

Councillor Smith added: “A small number of recommendations for the future have been made by the inspectors and, together with the Central South Education Consortium, the local authority will support the school to address those recommendations and continue to improve outcomes for pupils.”

Last Updated: 08/11/2017
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