Ysgol Rhiwabon is removed from Special Measures

Christmas comes early to Ysgol Rhiwabon as it is removed from Special Measures.

Just as the snow melted away this week Ysgol Rhiwabon staff and students celebrated in the cold weather as it received the news that the school has been taken out of special measures following a successful Estyn visit in November.

The recent monitoring visit by the inspection team commented on the significant improvements that have been made at the school since the time of the original inspection. In fact the school secured a judgement of “Strong progress” in almost all of the recommendations. The school has been removed from the category in record time following record results for students in the summer. The school is judged to have made such good progress that further Estyn inspection visits are not required.

The report published today comments on the rapid improvements and the robust way staff in the school work collaboratively to share good practice and focus on the students and their learning. This has had a positive impact on standards in Ysgol Rhiwabon which have improved significantly during the last eighteen months. “The school has robust management arrangements, including meetings between middle and senior leaders which focus rigorously on standards and teaching.” (Estyn)

Headteacher, Mrs Ferron-Evans said,

“I have always been proud of Ysgol Rhiwabon and its local community and never more so than this week as the Estyn Report recognises the hard work of so many people. Throughout the frequent monitoring visits I have reminded students and staff how special they are and we have ensured that we have taken measures to secure sustainable success. Our school has made rapid progress since the time of the core inspection and we will use this as a platform to grow even stronger in the future. I would like to congratulate the students, staff and governors of the school. They have worked tirelessly over the last five terms and thoroughly deserve this success. I would also like to thank the local community and our primary colleagues for showing their loyalty and belief in the school. It is with great pride that I look forward to working with such a dedicated and professional staff in the future to continue driving improvements in Ysgol Rhiwabon.”

Mr Keith Benning, Chair of Governors said

“On behalf of the Governors at Ysgol Rhiwabon I would like to congratulate the staff and students for all the hard work that has been undertaken. The school can now look forward to a very positive future in providing excellent educational provision for our students within the local community.”

Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education at Wrexham Council, said:

“Having visited Ysgol Rhiwabon on a number of occasions over the last six months I am delighted to learn that Estyn have removed the school from their special measure category.

“I would especially like to thank and congratulate the Headteacher Mrs Ferron-Evans for all her tireless efforts in raising educational standards at the school, aided by her leadership team, Governors and students.”

Ian Roberts, Head of Education for Wrexham Council, said:

“This is excellent news and testament to dedication and commitment of the whole school community at Ysgol Rhiwabon.

“The findings within the Estyn report are very encouraging and I’m confident that the school can go to strength to strength from here.”

See a letter from Ian Roberts, Head of Education, Wrexham CBC, addressed to the pupils of Ysgol Rhiwabon here.

See our headteacher’s letter to parents, here.


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