Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School

Pupils at Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School

School name: Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School

County: Powys

Headteacher: Mrs Hilary Morris

Number of pupils: 50

A POWYS primary school has been awarded Excellent in both ‘Current Performance’ and ‘Capacity to Improve’ following their Estyn inspection in May 2015.

Gladestry Church in Wales school has strong working relationships between staff and pupils throughout the school which allow pupils to influence the life of the school purposefully and effectively.

“Collaborative decision-making discussions are the starting point of all planning, provision and evaluation,” said headteacher Mrs Hilary Morris.

“All pupils are given extensive opportunities to make choices, take risks, rise to the occasion and challenge themselves.

“Pupils review all aspects of the school highly effectively, making changes to policies and procedures which reflect positively in both pupil and parent questionnaires.”

Responsibility

Pupils confidently use self and peer assessment and understand the concept of next steps in learning.

They set and evaluate their individual, and sometimes group, targets for improvement both against the National Curriculum and more recently also against the LNF expectations.

“Pupils are able to identify what they need to do very effectively and they take responsibility for their own decisions and actions,” said Mrs Morris. 

“Pupils have a central role in identifying, developing and evaluating school priorities. 

"They do this through the planning and delivery of assemblies to gather the views of pupils, and through questionnaires to gather the views of pupils and stakeholders. 

"The evidence and findings are analysed to a high standard and presented to other pupils and other stakeholders.”

Pupils produce focused action plans which are then implemented, evaluated and included in the school’s annual School Improvement Plan.

Many result in changes to the school environment and give pupils detailed information about the topics covered.           

Skills  

Pupils are given extensive opportunities to evaluate teaching and presentations made by other pupils.

The comments made are evaluative and focus on what the pupils observed as strengths and areas for development. 

This ensures pupils have a good understanding of what is effective teaching and learning and develops pupils’ literacy skills to a high standard as they provide oral and written feedback.

“Pupils observe lessons and undertake learning walks and book scrutiny, providing valuable feedback to staff on what they do well and what they might improve,” added Mrs Morris.

“They lead training for staff members. As a result of the opportunities pupils have they consistently demonstrate high standards of literacy: attainment has been consistently higher than the FFT predictions for the last 3 years and future estimates are also high.

"In the national tests in 2013 and 2014 pupils achieved excellent results and were in the first quartile in every year group, achieving significantly above all benchmarking expectations.

“Pupils also design and lead whole school initiatives and prepare and teach lessons in both classes.

"They have excellent problem solving skills developed in the many challenging scenarios they create.

"These qualities ensure they are highly motivated and enable them to learn extremely well. They mark work and set relevant targets."

Impact

Pupils develop the skills needed to improve their own learning, work with others, solve problems and develop their thinking to move on to the next stage of learning. 

Involved in all curriculum planning, they have ownership of all their work and so demonstrate very high levels of engagement; they constantly strive to meet, and often surpass, their targets and take pride in their own and each other’s achievement.

Collating, presenting and analysing evidence gathered from self- evaluation ensures pupils achieve excellent levels in a wide range of numeracy, literacy and data handling skills.

All pupils make good or better progress in relation to their starting point as they move through the school and achieve well. Attendance is consistently well above average at 97.6%.

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