Chirk school calls meeting after Estyn 'caning'


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

POSITIVE action is already being implemented parents at a ‘special measures’ school have been told.
Concerned parents from Ysgol Y Waun in Chirk met with staff and governors last week to discuss the poor Estyn report which was issued following a visit by inspectors in February.
However, chairman of the governing body, Councillor Ian Roberts, said improvements were already being made.
He told the Advertizer: “Obviously there were concerns [at the meeting], but there was also a positive attitude and a lot of support for the staff because many parents have been through the school before and the staff are the same as when they were then. There was encouragement and the belief that we are going to improve and with a quick impact too.”

The report, which judged the school “unsatisfactory” came as a shock to many parents and some town councillors who voiced their concerns at a recent meeting.
It recommended improving arrangements for safeguarding pupils, which inspectors said is “a cause for concern”, low standards in numeracy, ICT skills and Welsh in most classes, a lack of “whole-school identity” across its two sites, poor behaviour in a minority, plus improving planning and teaching especially in Key Stage Two.
It also noted that the governing body does not receive sufficient information to challenge effectively.
But Cllr Roberts, who also represents Chirk North, said: “You do not go from outstanding to bad in one fell swoop.
“There are issues that we will target, that are being targeted and that had been targeted for months before the report came out. We are making a concerted effort.”
Estyn inspectors will now make regular visits to the amalgamated school, which is based on two sites in Chapel Lane and Lloyds Lane, with Cllr Roberts vowing to hold meetings with parents to keep them updated.
He added: “We are confident that the first visit in about two months will report improvements and we as a governing body will be viewing that.”

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