Whole School Award for Promoting Relationships with Parents and the Community.
Pen y Dre High School has won the inaugural Professional Teaching Award Cymru in the category of Whole School Award for Promoting Relationships with Parents and the Community.
The Headteacher, Senior Leaders and Governors were presented with the Griffith Jones Award at a prestigious ceremony at the City Hall, Cardiff on Sunday.
Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, said “These prestigious new awards are an opportunity to say thank you to our teachers and educational professionals and formally recognise the best leadership and teaching from across Wales.“
The judging panel said the following about the school:
Pen y Dre High School is at the heart of its community. The Senior Leadership Team and its staff, along with the governing body, provides strong leadership and recognise the responsibility they have beyond the school gates.
The positive atmosphere is palpable and there is a strong sense of self-belief instilled in the pupils. An encouraging and inclusive ethos promotes strong values of care and respect which permeates all areas of school life.
Collaboration with numerous organisations and community groups has offered additional enrichment activities outside of the classroom, which has impacted positively on learner confidence, helping improve standards.
Many parents praise the transition arrangements and the level of involvement with the primary feeder schools, which provides both parents and children with confidence and high expectations as they plan their move to the high school.
Parents reflect on the work that goes on at Pen y Dre and comment enthusiastically about how well the staff know their children and go above and beyond to ensure their individual needs are met.