Success for Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle

Date 01/03/2017

Success for Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle

The excellent work carried out to deliver improvements at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle in Penygroes has meant that Estyn, the national education inspectorate, has confirmed that the school is no longer under special measures.

 Having responded positively to recommendations made by Estyn, Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle has been removed from the list of schools requiring special measures within four terms.

 The inspectors had made six recommendations covering everything from teaching to leadership and organization following a full inspection of the school in 2015.

 In October 2016, the last of a series of four inspections showed clearly that there had been strong improvement in response to five of the recommendations and a satisfactory response to the sixth, so the measures were lifted.

 The school’s Headteacher, Alwen Watkin had taken up her post at Easter 2015 - three short months after the original inspection in January.

 She admits that the work of responding to the recommendations had been “very challenging” but she is also full of praise for the hard work undertaken by the staff, the school governors, the pupils and their parents.

 “We are so proud to have succeeded like this,” she said “but we are also very aware that this is just the beginning of a journey of continuous improvement. We are aiming for excellence.

 “Everyone - in particular the pupils, has worried about what has happened. Now it’s so good to say that we at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle are being used to give guidance to other schools facing similar experiences.”

 John Dilwyn Williams is the new Chair of the school governors and he is also particularly pleased about the school’s success.

 He said: “Effective working and co-operation is what has lead to lifting these measures. We are confident that we can do even better and we will continue to aim to provide the best possible education for the valley’s pupils.”

 Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Gareth Thomas said: “As a Council, we are extremely pleased that the independent Estyn inspectors have confirmed that the good work carried out at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle means that the school has been removed from special measures.

 “Over the recent period, the school’s management team, staff, governors and parents have worked incredibly hard to deliver clear improvements that have raised standards across the board at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle.”