Swansea Labour congratulate school for its outstanding care, support and guidance to pupils

Birchgrove Comprehensive School has been praised by Estyn inspectors as excellent for wellbeing and attitudes to learning along with care, support and guidance.

And the Swansea Labour-led City Council is delighted with their findings.

It means pupils enjoy high levels of wellbeing and their positive attitudes make a significant contribution to the inclusive ethos of the school.

Inspectors from Estyn visited the comprehensive in October and have now published their findings.

It was rated good in the other three inspection areas.

The inspectors said: “Teachers know their pupils well and develop positive working relationships with their classes. This creates a calm and purposeful learning environment that supports successfully the progress and wellbeing of pupils.”

They praised pupils behaviour and the enthusiasm and skill of the teaching staff in carefully planning lessons. Estyn also found an impressive wide range of academic and vocational qualifications on offer and the way the school adapts the curriculum effectively to meet the needs of pupils.

Labour Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: “Birchgrove, along with our other comprehensive schools, has done a lot of work on developing vocational courses and I was very pleased to see how positively this was viewed by Estyn who said this was making a very positive contribution to widening pupils’ skills.

“This is another very good inspection report and I would congratulate all associated with the school.”

The report also said pupils make a meaningful and valuable contribution to school life, their opinions are listened to and the pupil-led “Rights Respecting Committee” makes a highly beneficial contribution to the life of younger pupils.



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