Posted on: Friday 14 June 2019
A recent inspection conducted by Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, on Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw during May 2019, provided an overall judgement on the school’s current performance.
In accordance with the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that Special Measures are required in relation to this school.
The judgements in the inspection areas were as follows:
- Standards: Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement
- Wellbeing & attitudes to learning: Adequate and in need of improvement
- Teaching & learning: Unsatisfactory & needs urgent improvement
- Care, support & guidance: Adequate and needs improvement
- Leadership & management: Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement
Estyn’s recommendations were as follows:
- Improve standards, especially the standards of boys and more able pupils
- Improve the quality of teaching and assessment
- Improve the provision for developing pupils' skills in literacy, numeracy and information and communications technology (ICT)
- Improve the quality and impact of leadership at all levels
- Improve the thoroughness and effectiveness of quality
Cllr David Yeowell, Torfaen’s Executive Member for Education said: ‘Clearly there is a lot of urgent improvement needed in the school but I know this decision was not taken lightly by the inspection team. Unfortunately, despite encouraging verbal feedback, the decline in attainment at KS4 since 2014 was a key factor and despite the determination of new head teacher and the leadership team to accelerate the pace of change, at the time of this inspection it had not been quick enough for Estyn.’
The Chair of Governors, Lynne Davies said: ‘While we fully accept the report’s findings, we also recognise the strengths and improvements identified by inspectors over the past 18 months.
‘The school will draw up an action plan that shows how it will address the recommendations and we’re confident there will be significant progress to share with inspectors when they return to monitor the school's progress each term.’
‘I know as a Governing Body we’ll support the school staff fully through this difficult period and we’re all determined to make the necessary improvements as quickly as possible for the benefit of all our pupils.’