Gladestry Primary School
For 139 years Gladestry School has played a pivotal role in community life. Founded in 1877 to serve local children, the education pupils receive now is better than ever. The quality of education is exceptionally high and is recognised as “outstanding” by both Powys County Council and the schools inspectorate for Wales.
We Love To Learn (School Motto)
Enthusiasm and motivation are encouraged and children enjoy the responsibility of contributing to the life of the school. Children are encouraged and enabled to achieve their own dreams and visions.
We Always Give 100% Effort (School Motto)
The secure and stimulating environment the school provides, values children as individuals and challenges pupils to achieve their full potential both academically and non-academically.
Church In Wales
The school was founded by the Church in Wales and fosters moral and spiritual awareness based on Christian principles and an appreciation of a healthy way of life. The long-standing links with the parish are strong and the part played by the school in the life of the church, including an annual nativity and harvest festival are some of the highlights of the church calendar.
Outstanding Estyn Inspection
The school’s most recent inspection recognised Gladestry as “excellent” stating 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”.
(view inspection report). The school continues to achieve the highest possible standards.
Powys County Council recognises the teaching and standards achieved at Gladestry as excellent. It uses the school as a benchmark of best practice for other schools within Powys and the work undertaken by the head teacher is seen as exemplary practice within the authority. The head is used by the authority as a mentor and to support and advise on strategy and teaching practice.
Parents vote for Gladestry School with their feet – the numbers on roll are rising (25.7% since 2009) whilst numbers in many other schools are falling. The caring ethos and excellent standards of behaviour and work create a nurturing environment in which pupils thrive. An active parent and toddler group in the village is a testimony to the future strength of numbers for the school.
Value For Money
The 2015 school inspection recognised that educating a child at Gladestry School represents good value for money for the council. The school has low running costs and is housed in sustainable attractive buildings, which are in good condition.