Estyn confirms that Ysgol Dolbadarn is 'excellent' school

Date: 15/01/2019
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A recent inspection by school’s inspectorate Estyn has confirmed that Ysgol Gynradd Dolbaran in Llanberis has secured the highest possible grade. 


Following their visit to the school in the autumn, Estyn has adjudged the highest possible grade of ‘Excellent’ to the school in every one of the five inspection areas. This is a significant achievement, one of the few primary schools in Wales to achieve an 'Excellent' grade last year.


Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “This is fantastic news and is testament to the consistent and hard work of the children, staff, governors and the school’s wider community. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed towards making this such a successful school.”


In their recent report, Estyn confirms that the school has ‘robust leadership’ and that the school’s senior management team ‘have very high expectations that are based on providing education of the highest possible quality’. They also note that the pupils ‘show obvious pride in their school’, and that they are polite, friendly and achieve well.  


Ysgol Dolbadarn Headteacher, Gareth Fôn Jones said: “As headteacher, I take great pride in the excellent report from Estyn. It is a fair reflection of the hard work of all staff involved, without forgetting the pupils.


"We have a constructive partnership with the governing body that is key to maintaining a successful school along with the support of the parents. The report has brought us great pride as a team who give our best for the benefit of the pupils."


Estyn states specifically that the voice of the pupil is a very strong element of the work of the school, and that pupils become involved in decision-making processes and have excellent opportunities to express opinions and contribute to different aspects of work and school community. As a result, Ysgol Dolbadarn will be invited to prepare a case study for its special work in this area.


PHOTOGRAPH: Pupils from Ysgol Dolbadarn who recently won the ‘Carol yr Ŵyl’ Festive carol competition throughout Wales on the S4C Prynhawn Da television programme