Both Aberystwyth secondary schools now under care of inspectors

By Caleb Spencer in Education

BOTH of Aberystwyth’s secondary schools are now being monitored by inspectors after Ysgol Penweddig received an unfavourable ‘adequate’ rating.

Ysgol Penweddig is to be monitored by Estyn after an inspectors’ report published last week said its current performance was ‘adequate’, with ‘adequate’ prospects for improvement.

The ‘adequate’ judgement, meaning the school’s “strengths outweigh areas for improvement”, is the second-worst rating out of the four possible and means the school will continue being monitored until it shows enough improvement.

Ysgol Penweddig was previously removed from Estyn’s list of monitored schools in 2013 after it was deemed to have made “good progress”.

The Welsh-medium school now joins Aberystwyth’s other secondary school in being monitored by Estyn after Penglais was judged ‘adequate’ with ‘adequate’ prospects for improvement in 2014, and has failed to move out of monitoring since.

Penglais School will undergo an Estyn monitoring visit on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 and 10 May, the third such visit in the last three years.

with regard to prospects for improvement, the report praises the headteacher, Gwenallt Ifan, for his “clear vision”; the leaders’ successful improvements; lines of accountability; the governors’ support and awareness; and the school’s ability to co-operate with partners.

However, Estyn also said self-evaluation was lacking in many areas; that it did not compare itself with similar schools effectively enough; that leaders do not always give full attention to pupils’ progress; that the school had failed to implement previous recommendations; and that there was a deficit in the budget.

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