Strong leadership sees Murch to a successful final inspection


24 December 2014


Murch Junior School good inspectionA “very clear sense of purpose and direction” and “very good links with the local infant school” has seen Murch Junior School awarded a ‘good’ rating in every area of its recent Estyn inspection.


The report applauded the “well-qualified and experienced staff” and how their use of “innovative techniques and resources promotes the very enthusiastic engagement of pupils in their learning”, as well as the “welcoming and respectful ethos” of the school.


Both the current performance of the school and its prospects for improvement were praised as ‘good’ by the inspection team.


The report also praised acting Head Teacher Emma Messer, who took on the role in September and has been working with the Head Teacher of Dinas Powys Infants’ School Julie Thompson, who supported the school throughout the inspection ahead of their amalgamation in January.


The report said: “In a short time, she has shared her vision effectively with the senior management team, staff and governors. She works closely with the very experienced Head Teacher of the local infant school. They effectively build upon the strengths of both schools and develop a shared vision for the future.”


The amalgamation will see Murch Junior School discontinued, and a new single phase primary school instated across the two sites under a single Governing Body and Head Teacher.