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All Saints C.I.W. Primary School commended by Estyn for strong caring ethos

ESTYN, the education inspectorate for Wales, has recently visited All Saints C.I.W. Primary School in Llanedeyrn and its report recognises the school’s nurturing atmosphere and effective leadership.

Inspectors found that pupils are encouraged to be kind, caring, and enthusiastic learners who exhibit excellent behaviour.

Effective leadership was said to have been a cornerstone of the school’s success and the executive headteacher and head of school have collaborated to create a clear vision for teaching and learning improvement. This vision has been supported by staff cooperation and the implementation of an inquiry-based curriculum, giving pupils a strong voice in their education.

The report notes that teachers are empowered to explore new teaching methods, benefiting from the trust and confidence of the leadership team and this innovative approach positively impacts staff well-being and student outcomes.

The school was also found to be committed to continuous improvement with robust procedures in place and that pupils generally make solid progress, becoming confident and capable in applying their skills across the curriculum.

Claire Cook, Headteacher at The Saints Federation said: “All Saints CiW is a very special place where children and staff feel safe and valued. This is as a result of a strong team who provide nurturing and challenging teaching and learning experiences, which promote our school’s Christian ethos.

“We want every child who joins All Saints to achieve their best and staff are committed to ensuring that every child has the highest quality teaching and learning which prepares our children for an ever-changing world.

“The staff and Governing body are very pleased with our recent inspection report which recognises the children’s values and their enthusiasm towards their learning, however we are not complacent, and the challenge now is to continue to flourish as ‘The Saints Federation’.

“I would like to publicly acknowledge the dedication of our staff, governors, parents and partners. I am very grateful to all for enriching the lives of our pupils and in doing so, strengthening the wider community.”

Overall, a positive report, Estyn have made two recommendations which the school will address in its action plan: Improve educational experiences for pupils in reception to Year 2 by promoting independence and curiosity and strengthen the provision for developing Welsh oracy skills and mathematical problem-solving abilities.

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A Cardiff Council spokesperson said: “The inspection report highlights some of the positive work taking place at All Saints CIW Primary School and it is clear that pupils are confident, happy and grounded in a safe environment where trust in staff is paramount.

“They eagerly engage in conversations about their school experiences and feel empowered by having a say in their curriculum. It was encouraging to hear that through diverse pupil voice groups, like the Rights Group, they actively contribute to positive changes, fostering an understanding of their rights and class values.”

“The school will be supported to address the recommendations by Estyn so that improvements can be made and the school can continue to feel safe, supported, and motivated to learn.”

At the time of inspection All Saints C.I.W. Primary School had 141 pupils on roll 21.6% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, 11.2% of pupils identify as having additional learning needs and 9.0% pupils have English as an additional language.

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