School name: Ysgol Maesydderwen
Headteacher: Sally Speedy
Number of pupils: 450
Staff and pupils at Ysgol Maesydderwen have achieved a 1A Green in the National Categorisation outcomes this year rising from a 2B Yellow last year.
Headteacher Sally Speedy said the schools current success is very much a team effort with staff, pupils, parents and governors working together.
The school has invested time in developing a robust tracking system and the effective use of data.
“Wealth of resources”
It has also refined the curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of its learners, focused on the further development of teaching and learning, capitalised on opportunities to share good practice and developed open and honest self-evaluation processes.
“We have benefitted from working closely with colleagues in other schools, our Challenge Advisor and we have taken advantage of support and materials provided by ERW,” said Sally.
The Lead Practitioners for English and Maths have spent time with Curriculum Leaders and provided a wealth of resources.
“The Science Network, supported by ERW has been an invaluable source of professional learning for our Curriculum Leader,” said Sally.
“Our Challenge Advisor has provided bespoke support, helped with the identification of targets and areas for development, endorsed our judgements about our current performance and facilitated the Curriculum Deputies’ Network.
"Finally, the documents and materials produced by ERW have helped us develop our own systems and processes and evaluate aspects of our practice.”
“The journey to this success has been a long and, at times, challenging one as we have managed falling roles, a deficit budget and being in Band 5 in 2011,” said Sally.
“However, we are now looking forward to building on our success and continuing to provide an excellent education for the young people of the Swansea Valley.”