Penllergaer Primary School

Penllergaer Primary School

School name: Penllergaer Primary

County: City and County of Swansea

Headteacher: Jayne Woolcock

Number of pupils: 368



Following their Estyn inspection in March this year, Penllergaer Primary School has been asked to submit a Best Practice case study on ‘motivational leadership drives up standards.’
The governors, headteacher and senior management team (SMT) have developed self-evaluation systems and processes to ensure all stakeholders contribute to school improvement via consultation and activities that inform practices, which impact directly on a range of outcomes.
“As a result, everyone has ownership, a genuine desire for excellence at all levels and a greater understanding of their individual role and accountability in the process,” said headteacher Jayne Woolcock.
This calendar of self-evaluation clearly illustrates what is to be done, by whom and when.
All work informs school priorities, training and practice.
“Although cyclical, the process is ever evolving and continually moves the school forward as it uses a range of first-hand evidence and identifies measurable improvement targets and expected outcomes,” added Jayne.
This has resulted in consistency of practice and procedures, for example in teachers’ planning and assessment, and a corporate approach to school life across the school.

Excellent standards

In addition, the school was judged excellent in two additional areas in its Estyn report – Learning Experiences and Partnership Working.
The report goes on to say: “The school offers a very well-balanced range of stimulating learning experiences for all pupils, which build on their previous knowledge extremely well.
This results in good and, at times, excellent standards.
The consistency in teachers’ planning for parallel classes is a particular strength.
Regular planning meetings focus clearly on pupils’ outcomes and enable teachers to share expertise and knowledge, which ensures high quality provision.”
“The school has a wide range of very effective partnerships that enrich the curriculum and support pupils’ learning and wellbeing extremely well.
All teachers share many aspects of good and excellent practice between themselves and with other schools that lead to continuous improvement. Notable examples are its work in tracking wellbeing, in bilingualism, pastoral care assessment and delegated leadership arrangements, which the senior management team is disseminating to a wide range of other providers.”

Professional development

The Headteacher and members of the senior management team have contributed to their own professional development and that of colleagues, by participating in Local Authority working parties such as ‘My Selfie – a wellbeing tracking and assessment tool’ and ‘My Voice’ – online stakeholder questionnaires that can be used to inform a school’s self-evaluation processes.
Penllergaer Primary is a pilot school for ERW’s Siarter Iaith and members of staff have presented at LA Welsh second language courses.

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ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.