Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning]: 23rd April 2012


Report of the Chief Executive


Progress Report for Gladstone, Jenner Park and Oakfield Primary Schools


Purpose of the Report

1.             To provide Elected Members with a progress report for the three schools, all of which are in an Estyn follow - up category.


1.             That Members note the progress and raise any further issues for consideration by the schools.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To ensure that Members are kept fully informed about progress being made against the recommendations.


2.             Gladstone Primary School was inspected in the Autumn Term 2010 and was placed in a follow-up category requiring Local Authority (LA) monitoring. The Local Authority has since produced a report outlining the improvement made at the school and is currently awaiting a decision from Estyn as to whether the school will be removed from this category. The resultant decision will be reported to Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] and Cabinet as soon as the decision is known and the final report from Estyn received.

3.             Jenner Park Primary School was inspected in March 2011 and was placed in an Estyn follow-up category. The school has made progress, as outlined in half termly progress reports to Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] throughout the year. The school will be re-inspected early May 2012, after which, the relevant decision by Estyn will be made and the report submitted to Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] and Cabinet.

4.             Oakfield Primary School was inspected in June 2011 and placed in a category as requiring Special Measures. Progress has been reported to both Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] on a half termly basis throughout the year. The school was re-visited by Estyn on March 26th and 27th 2012. The Local Authority is currently awaiting the outcome of the visit and formal report which, on receipt, will be reported to Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] and Cabinet.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The Local Authority has supported all three schools and monitored progress against recommendations on a half termly basis, throughout the year.  All progress reports have included extensive detail about support and the nature of progress made.  All progress reports have indicated that progress is being made in all schools.

6.             Progress at Gladstone was such that the Local Authority deemed it should be removed from the category of LA monitoring.

7.             Early indications regarding Oakfield Primary School indicate that progress is continuing to be made, in line with expectations and timescales. 

8.             Progress has been made in Jenner Park, but we await the re-visit by Estyn before submitting a final report which will outline the decisions arrived at by Estyn.

9.             All final reports will be reported to Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] as soon as they are received by the Local Authority from Estyn.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

10.        Council employees will continue to support and advise all schools.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.        There are no legal implications arising from this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.        There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.        There are no equal opportunity implications arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.        To support schools in line with the School Governors Partnership Agreement and schools' post inspection action plans.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.        To be met from within existing resources.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

Estyn Guidance for the inspection of primary schools.


Contact Officer

Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement, ALN and ACL


Officers Consulted

Link Adviser to Gladstone Primary School

Link Adviser to Jenner Park Primary School

Link Adviser to Oakfield Primary School


Responsible Officer:

John Maitland-Evans, Chief Executive