Merthyr Tydfil School celebrates excellent report

  • Categories : Press Release
  • 12 May 2017

A school in Merthyr Tydfil has received a glowing report from Estyn, following an inspection in March 2017.

Estyn is the education and training inspectorate for Wales and its function is to provide an independent inspection and advice service on quality and standards in education and training provided in Wales.  

Greenfield Special School, which is situated in Pentrebach, was awarded an ‘Excellent’ for its ‘current performance’ and for its ‘prospects for improvement’. This means that in these areas, the school has many strengths, including significant examples of sector-leading practice.

The report contained many positive comments, including, for its ‘Current performance’, that:

  • The school provides a highly effective range of learning experiences that has a positive impact on pupils’ learning and wellbeing.
  • Teaching is consistently good throughout the school.
  • The school provides a very high level of care, support and guidance for its pupils.

For its ‘Prospects for improvement’, the report stated that:

  • The Headteacher provides a very clear strategic direction for the school.
  • The senior leadership team promotes a culture of high aspirations and expectations for all staff and pupils.
  • The school’s arrangements for self-evaluation, quality assurance and planning for improvement are well-established.

Wayne Murphy, Headteacher at Greenfield School, said: “We are delighted at Greenfield School to achieve two Excellent judgements overall.  This is a wonderful achievement for the school and is recognition of the hard work of pupils, learning support staff, administration support staff, teachers, the leadership team, governors, parents and carers and all stakeholders.  I am very proud to lead a dynamic and innovative group of staff that meet the challenges of the diverse needs of our pupils.  The ethos and values of our school have been recognised as excellent practice and underpins the success of the school.  The school will endeavour to continue to set high expectations and aspirations for all.”

Dorothy Haines, Chief Officer for Learning, said: “The local authority is delighted with the outcome of the Estyn inspection of Greenfield Special School. The report is full of praise for the school’s many strengths and the excellent judgements position the school amongst the very best schools in Wales. I would like to thank all the staff and governors for their hard work and dedication, and for their commitment to providing outstanding learning and support for the children and young people.”

Maria Rowlands, Chair of Governors at Greenfield School, said: "I am delighted that the achievements of Greenfield Special School have been recognised by this Estyn Report. The school has a wonderful ethos of ensuring that every pupil is nurtured and cared for while encouraged to achieve their potential.  On behalf of the governors, I would like to congratulate all staff at the school on the hard work they put in every day which has resulted  in the school achieving this excellent result".

To access the full report, please select the following link:  Greenfield School Inspection Report 2017

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