A “happy, caring, and inclusive” Powys primary school was given a series of recommendations in a mixed Estyn report.

Ysgol Bro Cynllaith in Llansilin was praised by Estyn inspectors for creating an “effective learning environment” but concerns were raised over progression in certain areas.

In their report inspectors said: “Teachers create an effective learning environment and provide interesting lessons that capture pupils’ imagination well.

“In general, teachers do not always ensure that all pupils are challenged fully and given opportunities to develop their independent learning skills in and outside of the classroom.”

However inspectors noted that “a minority of pupils do not develop their writing skills progressively enough by the end of their time at the school.”


They gave the school a list a of recommendations for issues to deal with. These included “issues relating to the school grounds were identified as health and safety issues during the inspection”, and improving “the standards of pupils’ writing across the school”.

They also advised leaders at the school to “strengthen procedures to monitor and track pupil progress to evaluate more effectively the standards they achieve” and to “provide appropriate challenge and regular opportunities for pupils to develop their independent learning skill.”

However the report overall praised staff at the school for working “well with all partners and the local community to share their vision to provide a happy, caring, and inclusive school.”

They added that “the headteacher leads with compassion and knows the pupils, staff, and families well. There is a strong team ethos within the school, ensuring that pupils have interesting learning experiences.”

“There is a strong sense of belonging where nearly all pupils feel safe, respected and valued. Staff place high emphasis on encouraging pupils to care for each other and promote the importance of good behaviour and courtesy.”