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Outcomes of latest Estyn visits considered by Cabinet

The Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough Council met this week to receive a report documenting the outcomes of recent visits by Estyn to local schools.

The report covered visits by Estyn inspectors to Plasnewydd Primary and Ogmore Vale Primary as well as a review of progress made at Cefn Cribwr Primary and Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School.

Following visits in November 2021, Plasnewydd Primary School and Ogmore Vale Primary School were judged by Estyn to have made sufficient progress against the education and training inspectorate’s recommendations and were removed from the list of schools requiring special measures.

The report outlined how the local authority will continue to monitor and support the schools according to their needs and build on the improvements already made.

It detailed how Cefn Cribwr Primary School was also removed from the list of schools requiring Estyn review after it was judged to have made appropriate progress in respect of the key issues for action, and in developing the capacity to continue to bring about improvements following an inspection in December 2021.

In the same month, the progress of Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School was reviewed by Estyn, who noted that while good progress had been made, it should remain under review to ensure that improvements were embedded throughout the school.

All other schools in the county are classified as satisfactory or good in their most recent assessments.

The reviews by Estyn continue to improve the performance and accountability of our education system and I am pleased that the schools involved have engaged with the process to achieve such positive results.

Estyn will continue to monitor those schools that still require support in order to give our children the education they deserve in the future

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration

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