Ysgol Bro Hyddgen works hard towards enabling all pupils’ dreams

- Leadership, teaching and wellbeing are good

- The school is developing effectively as a successful learning community 

- Most pupils are exceptionally well behaved in lessons and around the school, which contributes to creating an effective learning environment 

- The quality of care, support and guidance has a very positive effect on the standards of pupils’ wellbeing

Following their inspection of Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, the Estyn report will be published on 5 May 2017.  The inspectors acknowledge the school has been through a period of instability following its establishment, but also recognises that standards in leadership, teaching and wellbeing are good.  

Mr Dafydd Jones, Ysgol Bro Hyddgen’s headteacher says: “I’m delighted the Estyn inspectors have praised what is achieved by pupils, parents, staff, governors and the community beyond with regard to all aspects of the school’s work.  As a school, we are proud of the praise received for leadership, teaching and learning, and care and wellbeing, and it’s very pleasing to see Estyn noting that Ysgol Bro Hyddgen is working hard to realise the school’s motto of “enabling dreams”.  The amalgamation of Machynlleth Primary School and Ysgol Bro Ddyfi in order to establish the new all-age school of Ysgol Bro Hyddgen has been a significant challenge, and we’re thrilled to see Estyn giving such positive recognition to the school’s work in ensuring provision of a high standard to all pupils.  In an era where there are huge changes within the education system nationally, we’re on a journey of developing a new school, and we have clear plans of how we’ll target specific aspects which need further attention so we can see Ysgol Bro Hyddgen progress further; we see a very bright future for the school”.

Mr Huw Morgan, the chair of the governing body added: “On behalf of the governors, and as a father to two pupils, I wish to thank the staff at the school for all their hard work over recent years.  I would also like to thank the parents and pupils and to congratulate all involved in this very positive report; I look forward to working with the school to ensure even further success."

It’s noted in the report: “After a period of instability, the school now has a competent senior leadership team who work together effectively in order to ensure improvement across the school.  Governors are supportive of the school [and] challenge leaders strongly about pupils’ outcomes and the quality of provision. Staff expertise is used successfully”.

Estyn praised the quality of the teaching, describing it as ‘good’.  The report also notes that the school is developing effectively as a successful learning community.  The inspectors note in their report that pupils in many lessons “make progress that is appropriate for their age and ability.  They recall previous knowledge successfully and apply it effectively to their work.  In a few lessons, nearly all pupils make exceptional progress that is higher than the expectations.”  Very positive comments were made about pupils working well with others: “They work together effectively on tasks independently and make their own choices successfully.  Nearly all pupils show an interest in their work and concentrate successfully for extended periods of time.”  The school is proud of the quality

of provision and support offered to pupils with additional learning needs, and the Estyn inspectors note that “pupils with additional learning needs make valuable progress against their targets”.

The Estyn inspectors were very impressed with the behaviour of the pupils saying that most are “exceptionally well behaved in lessons and around the school, which contributes to creating an effective learning environment”.  They also noted the school “is a caring community that promotes its pupils’ moral, spiritual, cultural and social development effectively.  The quality of care, support and guidance has a very positive effect on the standards of pupils’ wellbeing”.