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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 17TH NOVEMBER, 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 13TH OCTOBER, 2014

 

 

           SUMMARY OF SCHOOL INSPECTION REPORTS FOR THE SUMMER TERM 2014 (DLS) -

 

The report updated Members on the outcomes of school inspections for the summer term 2014 that had been undertaken by Estyn at Llanfair, Barry Island and Wick and Marcross Primary Schools. 

 

During the summer of 2014 the overall judgements achieved by Vale of Glamorgan schools which were inspected were reported as follows:

 

School

                             Overall Judgements

 

Current Performance

Prospects for Improvement

Llanfair primary

Good

Adequate

Wick and Marcross primary

Good

Good

Barry Island primary

Excellent

Excellent

 

The report noted that Estyn would also monitor the progress of Llanfair Primary School.  The Director advised Committee that Barry Island Primary School had been the first school in the Vale to achieve two excellent overall judgements from Estyn.  In response the Chairman stated that a strong governing body existed at the school which was, in his opinion, essential and which had also been raised by Members undertaking individual school progress meetings throughout the year.  The appointment of Local Authority Governors had also been seen as a priority for the Cabinet who had recently requested that a new procedure be adopted for such future appointments.

 

Following a question from a Member as to whether the Department had foreseen the possibility of Llanfair Primary receiving an adequate prospect for improvement, the officer advised that the plans for the school had been looked at by the Challenge Advisor, the Headteacher was also a Peer Inspector and as such the report had been unforeseen.  The reporting inspector from Estyn had considered that the plans in place for the school were not impact driven enough and a PIAP was currently being developed which would be monitored by both the Department and the Central South Consortium.  The Department had also requested that the existing Challenge Advisor for the school remain also remained in position post inspection for continuity purposes. 

 

In response to a query from a Member regarding the sharing of best practise and the mechanisms for such, the Director advised that formal mechanisms would be devised as a result of the Inspection and indeed some already had.  She referred to the Central South Wales Challenge involving School Improvement Groups and the Pathfinder Initiative which had been rolled out across the Vale.  Excellent practice would be written up and published by Estyn and be available on the Estyn website.  The Department had also recently approached the Headteacher of Barry Island Primary to invite him to be a member of the Accelerated Improvement Board for Barry Comprehensive as the primary school was a feeder school for Barry Comprehensive School. 

 

Having considered the report it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED -

 

(1)       T H A T letters of congratulations be sent to Wick and Marcross and Barry Island Primary Schools in respect of their inspection reports, by the Chairman, on behalf of the Committee.

 

(2)       T H A T the Scrutiny Committee considers developing an opportunity to meet with representatives from Barry Island School to not only congratulate them on their success but to highlight good practice in performance.

 

(3)       T H A T Cabinet be informed of the overall judgements for the three schools following the inspections and advised that the Scrutiny Committee would continue to ensure ways of developing good practice throughout schools in the Vale of Glamorgan are considered and encouraged.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       In view of the results of recent inspections of the school.

 

(2)       To offer congratulations and promote good practice.

 

(3)       For Cabinet consideration and to advise on the Scrutiny Committees continued commitment to develop and promote good practice in schools in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 13th October, 2014