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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 25th June 2012

 

Report of the Chief Executive

 

Progress Report for Gladstone Primary, Jenner Park Primary, Colcot Primary and Oakfield Primary School

 

Purpose of the Report

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

Recommendations

1.             That Members note the progress made by the schools.

Reasons for the Recommendations

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

Background

2.             Gladstone and Colcot Primary Schools were inspected during Autumn Term 2010 and placed in a follow-up category requiring Local Authority (LA) monitoring. The local authority has supported the school over the last year and reports demonstrate that good progress has been made in both schools. Estyn's final decision regarding the school is reported below.

3.             Jenner Park Primary School was inspected in March 2011 and was placed in an Estyn follow-up category. The local authority has supported the school which has made good progress, as outlined in half termly progress reports to Scrutiny [Lifelong Learning] throughout the year. The school was re inspected in May 2012. Estyn's final decision is reported below.

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 [Lifelong Learning] and Informal Cabinet on a half termly basis throughout the year. The school was re-visited by Estyn on March 26th and 27th 2012. The local Authority recognises that good progress is being made by the school. The findings of Estyn's re -visit is reported below.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The Local Authority has supported all four schools and monitored progress against recommendations on a half termly basis, throughout the year.

6.             All progress reports have included extensive detail about support and the nature of progress made.

7.             All progress reports have indicated that progress is being made in all schools.

8.             Good progress has been made at both Gladstone and Colcot Primary School and as such, the local Authority recommended to Estyn that they be removed from the category. Estyn confirmed this and, as such, the school has been removed from the LA Follow-up category. However, the local Authority will continue to support both schools whilst closely monitoring progress. (See Appendix 1 and Appendix 2)

9.             The local Authority reported that progress is being made at Oakfield Primary School. Estyn confirmed this stating that reasonable progress is being made but reported that the school remain in the category. Estyn made recommendations to secure further improvement which will be fully implemented. Estyn will re-visit the school in July 2012.  (See Appendix 3)

10.        The local Authority reported that good progress has been made in Jenner Park Primary School and recommended that it be removed from the category. Estyn have confirmed this and stated that the school be removed from the category.

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

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

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

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

Crime and Disorder Implications

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

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

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

Policy Framework and Budget

16.        To be met from within existing resources.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.        Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.        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

Jeff Loxton, Link Adviser to the School

Andrea Davies, Link Adviser to Jenner Park Primary School

Meryl Plummer, Link Adviser to Oakfield Primary School

 

Responsible Officer:

John Maitland-Evans

Chief Executive

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