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Welsh school gains "double excellent" inspection report

29/07/2016 Joanna

A primary school in Cardiff has earned the rare "double excellent" standard in its latest inspection report.

Severn Primary School, in Canton, Cardiff, has been praised by education watchdog Estyn for its quality of teaching and learning. The watchdog said that pupils have made "exceptional" progress in developing their literacy, numeracy and social skills, even though many of them begin their education with low levels of English.

Lead inspector Jonathan Wright said in his report: "Many pupils enter the school with literacy, numeracy and social skills that are below those expected for their age. However, the overall progress that nearly all pupils make in the development of these skills relative to their starting points is exceptional. A particular strength of the school is pupils' extensive contribution to whole school improvement."

He went on to say that the way teachers produce effective improvement plans which are implemented, monitored and evaluated is particularly impressive.

Most importantly, it was noted that the high standard of teaching was present across the entire school, with excellent features in the majority of classes.

In addition, a recent development has seen Year 6 pupils trained to support the emotional needs of younger students during playtime, which has boosted a feeling of safety during breaks.

Attendance rates have also increased steadily over the last four years, while persistent absenteeism has decreased significantly.

The report went on to describe the school as an "exceptionally harmonious and inclusive community" that provides a "highly supportive, nurturing environment for pupils and their families".

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