National recognition for three schools in Gwynedd

Date: 07/11/2017

Congratulations to three Gwynedd primary schools which have been awarded recently in a national ceremony. Indeed, the three Gwynedd schools were the only ones from the six northern counties of Wales to be recognised.

Ysgol Bodfeurig, Bontnewydd and Talysarn were acknowledged for their outstanding work in an annual ceremony hosted by Estyn, the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.

Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Member of Cabinet for Education, said: “It’s very encouraging to see three schools from Gwynedd being acknowledged on a national level. This recognition by an independent body shows the excellent work being done by our young people as well as the devotion of our staff.”

“We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and effort, and for their willingness to try new things in order to further enhance education in Gwynedd.”

Ysgol Bodfeurig provides a balanced and expansive curriculum by adeptly adapting plans in order to satisfy the needs of its pupils. The school was acknowledged for excellence in learning experience, leadership and better consistency.

Ysgol Bontnewydd has helped develop a training programme for school governors with the aim of providing them with the necessary skills and information required to fulfil their role better.

The whole process is based on the principle of ‘learning together.’ This is done at all levels: between pupils, pupils and staff and staff and the governing body.  Mentoring methods were used as the main medium of training. 

Ysgol Talysarn has developed several projects to help parents and their children.  The ‘Llofnod Teulu’ project is a series of sessions held with families in order to overcome difficulties such as commitment, skills, environment and culture.

The school council organised ‘Hwyl i’r Teulu’ sessions with a Welsh language officer with the aim of collaborating with parents in order to encourage them to speak Welsh with their children.

As well as developing pioneering strategies within their own schools, they were praised for sharing their experiences with other schools within the county.


1. Ysgol Bodfeurig 2. Ysgol Gynradd Bontnewydd 

3. Ysgol Gynradd Talysarn


Images: 1.) Ysgol Bodfeurig – Lliwen Jones, Acting Head teacher and Alison Halliday, previous Head teacher 2.) Ysgol Gynradd Bontnewydd – Janet Wyn George, Head teacher and Eirian Madine, Deputy Head teacher 3.) Ysgol Gynradd Talysarn – Glenda Evans, Head teacher and Einir Evans, Assistant Head teacher, receiving their certificates from Meilyr Rowlands, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales and Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary of Education.