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Estyn praises strong progress at Eagleswell

 

Published 23 April 2015

 

Eagleswell Primary School has been removed from the list of schools requiring significant improvement.

 

Welsh school inspectorate Estyn judged the school to have made “strong progress” in a number of key areas since its inspection in February 2014.

 

Eagleswell Primary out of special measuresThe report said that teachers have “worked diligently to improve the quality of their classroom practice” and that “work in pupil’s books shows that the quality of teaching across the school has improved since the core inspection.”

 

It also praised the school for taking “robust action to address underperformance” and said that the introduction of the acting Headteacher Karen Jacobs had “galvanised staff and provided the momentum for change.”

 

Mrs Jacobs said: “We are all delighted with the report from Estyn. I am particularly proud of how hard the staff, governors and pupils have worked as a team and with such pace. Together we have worked with determination to address the recommendations. Our success has been centred on everyone doing their very best for the wonderful pupils and families of Eagleswell.”

 

Chair of Governors, Mr. Dave Thomas, added: “It is fantastic news that Estyn has removed Eagleswell from the list of schools requiring significant improvement. I have to thank Mrs Jacobs, our acting headteacher, who has done a fantastic job in addressing the Estyn recommendations in such a short period of time. The staff have shown a real positive attitude and worked extremely hard in addressing the issues which has led to the positive outcome.

 

“On behalf of the Governing Body and all the parents and pupils, I would like to thank them for their efforts. All the staff are now working hard to ensure the amalgamation with Llanilltud Fawr goes smoothly in September.”

 

Eagleswell Primary is set to close in the summer when it will be amalgamated with Llanilltud Fawr to create the new Ysgol y Ddraig. This will then form part of the new multi-million pound Llantwit Learning Community development in 2016.