Estyn: ‘Good quality care, support and guidance' at St Monica's Church in Wales Primary School

St Monica's Church in Wales Primary School in Cathays has achieved ‘good' in all five areas, examined by Estyn, the education inspectorate for Wales. 

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This is the second highest score possible with inspectors noting that pupils at the school ‘receive good quality care, support and guidance'. The report goes onto say that this ‘raises pupils levels of wellbeing and confidence effectively, creative positive attitudes towards learning.' 

The report found that ‘pupils make good progress as they move through the school and those pupils with additional learning needs, including those with English as an additional language, progress well from their point of entry.'

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In addition, inspectors commented that ‘pupils experience interesting and engaging learning experiences across the curriculum' and that the headteacher, senior leaders and governing body ‘implement the school's vision through strong, sensitive and supportive leadership within a very close-knit team.'

Responding to the positive outcome, Headteacher Mrs Abigail Beacon said: "I am very pleased by the recent reports written about St Monica's.  I was really happy to see the dedication and hard work shown by staff, governors and pupils being recognised in their assessments of the school.

"We are a very multi-cultural, multi faith school in an urban part of Cardiff.  Almost without exception, parents have made a conscious choice to send their children to St Monica's.  We believe this is because we have a strong reputation of establishing a school community that has a highly developed and effective interpretation of spirituality, which for the most part, overcomes any potential barriers of different languages, cultures, family circumstances and other faiths."

"I am immensely proud of all of the children in the school as they adapt to different circumstances and welcome everyone to the school to help them feel they belong. Standards in the school are very good, and strong progress is made by nearly all pupils as they make their way through the school.

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Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "This is a great result for St Monica's and I am delighted to learn of another positive Estyn result for our city's schools.

"The staff, governors and parents have clearly worked hard together and should be proud of their efforts."