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Pupils relish attending supportive and caring Penclawdd school – say inspectors

Pupils relish attending a primary school in Swansea where the care, support and guidance they receive is exceptional, inspectors have found.

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Penclawdd Primary School

Most, including those with additional needs and those who are vulnerable, also make good and often better progress in all areas of learning at Penclawdd Primary.

Inspectors from Estyn visited the school last term and have now published their report.

It says: “Pupils at Penclawdd Primary School relish attending school. They are keen to talk to adults and speak confidently about how proud they are of their school.

“The school truly values the pupils’ opinions. They have numerous opportunities to influence the work of the school and are thrilled to work alongside school leaders to bring about improvements.

“Pupils’ well-being is at the heart of the school and staff work hard to ensure that the school is a thoughtful and inclusive environment.

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“Teachers think carefully about how pupils learn best and employ a range of approaches to engage them successfully in their learning.

“All staff are developing their professional skills and knowledge together well. This enables them to adapt provision to best meet individual pupils’ needs.

“The care, support and guidance provided across the school community is exceptional and supports the school’s vision, to ‘bring out the best in each other’.”

The report says headteacher Louisa Reynolds-Milnes shows strong and compassionate leadership and with the support of school leaders and governors, she has developed an enthusiastic team of professionals that have a strong understanding of the needs of the pupils and the local community.

Mrs Reynolds-Milnes said: “I could not be prouder of all our pupils and the amazing team who work here and I’m so pleased that the inspectors have recognised all they do in making Penclawdd Primary such a wonderful school to lead.

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“The support we receive from parents, from our governors and the wider community is also greatly appreciated and I hope they are as delighted with the outcome of the inspection as we are.”

Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Robert Smith, said: “I’d like to congratulate all at Penclawdd Primary on an excellent inspection report.

“I particularly enjoyed reading about the enthusiasm of the pupils and how they are so actively involved in school life. Well done all.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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