Children Celebrate “EXCELLENT” Achievement
The children of Gladestry Church-in-Wales Primary School have been celebrating receiving an exceptional Estyn inspection report.
Estyn – the inspectorate for education in Wales – introduced a new inspection framework five years ago. Gladestry is the first school in Powys to be rated as ‘Excellent’ in all the new framework’s five key judgements; the school’s current performance, the school’s prospects for improvement and in response to the three key questions; ‘How good are outcomes?’ ‘How good is provision?’ and ‘How good are leadership and management?’
A Powys County Council spokesperson stated that the school should feel justifiably very proud of this achievement. “It is rare that schools are awarded an excellent judgement for both current performance and prospects for improvement. I am delighted for the whole school community”
The school and local community came together to join in the celebration at a Hog Roast following the school’s sports day. Local businesses generously donated prizes for a splendid raffle and games were laid on for the children to enjoy. The annual ‘Yew Tree Bank Run’ from the village onto Hergest Ridge saw a good turn out of enthusiastic participants and some impressive finishing times achieved.
Reverend Mark Beaton, chair of the school’s governing body congratulated pupils and staff on their achievement and stated “The entire school community is absolutely delighted that Gladestry Church-in-Wales School has been formally recognised as an Excellent school. This is a well deserved reward for the hard work of all pupils and staff.”
The inspection report recognises that “The school has a strong ethos of continuous improvement that has resulted in consistently high standards over a number of years”, that the “the quality of teaching is consistently high” and that “the partnership between staff and pupils is an outstanding feature of the school”. It also reports that attendance is unusually high and that “behaviour is very good in lessons and around the school”. It concludes that “The school is a very strong learning community” and “provides excellent value for money”.
Headteacher Hilary Morris said, “I am very proud that the ‘sector leading practice’ and ‘superb teamwork’ of our small rural school has been recognised by Estyn”.
The complete report is available to read on the Estyn website – www.estyn.gov.uk.
Gladestry Receives ‘Green’ Categorisation.
Gladestry is one of only 11 of the 85 primary schools in Powys to be categorised as GREEN under the new Welsh Government categorisation of schools by colour coding. The colour bands are Red – “a school in need of greatest improvement…” through Amber and Yellow to Green – “a highly effective school which is well run, has strong leadership and is clear about its priorities for improvement. These schools have a track record in raising the standards that pupils achieve and have the capacity to support other schools to do better.”
Sheep Dog Trials Welcomes Dogs and Handlers From Across Wales.
The All Comers Nursery Charity Sheep Dog Trials held at Llanerchyfrain Farm by kind permission of the Powell family on the 20th September 2014 attracted talented sheep dog handlers from across Wales. Visitors to the FROGS event marvelled at the quality of the shepherding skills on display.
Gladestry Scoops Platinum Award.
Gladestry has been awarded the coveted Platinum Eco – Schools Award in recognition of its green credentials. Congratulations to the Eco-Gang and all the staff and pupils on this great achievement!
Pupils Perform for the Matthew Bourne Dance Company in Cardiff.
Having received a bursary from Sheep Music the whole school went to the Millennium Centre in Cardiff to watch a performance of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. Whilst there the Key Stage two pupils were invited to perform for the Bourne Company a dance that they had choreographed themselves.
Previously, four pupils from Gladestry had performed the Curtain Raiser to the Bourne Nutcracker performance on the stage at the Millennium Centre in front of an audience of more than a thousand people.
Excellence Recognised -Cabinet of Powys County Council Supports Gladestry’s Future
Gladestry community has welcomed the decision by Powys County Council to keep its thriving primary school open. The Cabinet voted in favour of the Council’s report which stated that: “The responses to the consultation, the latest data and particularly the high standard of education at the school lead to the conclusion that Gladestry Church in Wales School should not close”.
Gladestry Pupils Entertain
Gladestry School Children entertained delegates at the ‘Delivering Dignity’ Conference in Llandrindod Wells’ Metropole Hotel. They sang a mixed repertoire, which included a calypso and a classical piece written for them as part of the Presteigne Music Festival’s ‘Singing Histories’.
Pupils welcomed the community into the school on September 28th to join in the world’s biggest coffee morning. £126.07 was raised for Macmillan Nurses. An additional £55 was raised for the National Blind Children’s Society.
Gladestry Children have won a creative dance competition at John Beddoes School Para-Olympic Festival 2012. Six schools represented six of the countries competing in the 2012 Olympics. Gladestry’s dance symbolised China and was applauded by the judges for being ‘inspirational’. The children were presented with £100 of ‘Owens Motors’ travel tokens for the school.
Gladestry Children have written and recorded a song with the help of two professional musicians parent Rob Robinson and Kylie’s songwriter Jim Eliot. The song “Every Child” features 7 solo performers and the voices of every child in the school. The lyrics, which the children themselves helped to write, describe the future that Gladestry’s children wish for all children. It is an uplifting celebration of childhood and has been viewed over 3000 times on You Tube.
Poet Lends a Line.
Performance Poet John Hegley and his backing duo Diego Brown and the Good Fairy made flying visit to Gladestry from London to raise everyones spirits with a poetry performance and workshop. Several Hegley fans and members of the community came along to enjoy the fun and left singing a freshly penned acrostic poem for Gladestry.