A Pembrokeshire primary school has been praised across the board by inspectors.
St Oswald’s Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School, in Jeffreyston, was visited by Estyn in June, before the summer holidays.
Inspectors praised the school as a “nurturing place for pupils, staff and visitors,” and praised pupils’ attitudes across the school, “the engagement of pupils in their learning, and their excellent behaviour, are notable strengths of the school.
Across the school, nearly all pupils consistently demonstrate confidence when speaking to their peers and adults. They are polite and well-mannered, and show respect towards other pupils, staff and visitors.”
The report highlighted that “the school provides good support for pupils with ALN” with “clear systems for the identification for pupils needing additional support in learning.”
Staff of the school are praised and provision for Welsh: “Teachers and support staff are good language role models and many use questioning effectively to extend pupils’ responses and provision for the teaching of Welsh is a strong feature of the school. Staff develop effective working relationships with pupils, which creates a positive and supportive learning environment.”
The school’s headteacher is described as a “strong role model who provides thoughtful and effective leadership. He sets clear expectations for the quality of provision and works alongside staff with dedication. Ably supported by the acting deputy headteacher, he has developed an engaged team of staff, who understand their roles and responsibilities and are well supported to develop their practice.”
The report added: “Governors support the school well. They have a strong sense of belonging to the community they serve and work well to support the caring ethos of the school.”
The strong school community is highlighted in the report: “Overall, the school’s relationship with families and the local community is a notable strength.
“Nearly all parents feel that the school is more than a place of learning for their children and strongly appreciate the support and guidance the school provides. As a result of these positive aspects, there is effective cooperation of leadership at all levels, which contributes significantly to the school’s welcoming and inclusive ethos.”
Recommendations made by Estyn were to strengthen opportunities to develop pupils’ independent learning skills including when using the outdoors and develop feedback to support pupils to make progress in learning.
Chair of Governors, Mrs Jones said: “It’s splendid to see everyone’s hard work recognised.
“I am very proud of everyone in our school community and would like to thank our wonderful pupils and staff for their desire to make St Oswald’s the best it can be.”
This month, Dosbarth Oak enjoyed a fantastic day with Darwin Centre and their Floating offshore wind workshop.
The pupils have been working on renewable energy sources this term and their learning was enhanced with hands-on practical work on climate change, renewable energy, floating offshore wind turbines, materials, science and team work!
Each team designed, built, tested and improved floating offshore platforms for wind turbines, and what a fantastic job they did! Huge thank you to Darwin Science for their time, expertise, materials and patience!