Caereinion High School has been taken out of monitoring by school inspectors, Estyn.

Following a visit from inspectors in May, Caereinion High School was informed last week that Estyn was satisfied that it no longer needed monitoring.

Caereinion High School headteacher Iona Davies and chair of the governing body, Sally Whalley, said it was “very good news” for the school which has worked “very hard” to address the recommendations given by Estyn in the core inspection almost five years ago. 

Estyn’s report highlights the pupils’ “strong progress” and “listened with attention and respect to their teachers and peers”.

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Teachers were praised for their “productive working relationship with pupils”, with enthusiasm and high expectations.

The governors’ commitment to the school was also acknowledged: “Governors are committed to fully supporting the school and understand their roles well”.

Headteacher Iona Davies said: “As a school we are pleased with this report which acknowledges the hard work of staff, pupils and governors. We look forward to building further on this success.”

Chair of the governing body, Sally Whalley added: “This is a terrific achievement for the school and I want to congratulate the headteacher and all the staff and pupils. Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion is now ranked second in Powys and this news allows the school to build for the future with our excellent teachers and caring school environment.”

The bilingual secondary school, which has 481 pupils, had its level of follow-up increased in December 2016 after Estyn inspectors believed the school was in need of “significant improvement” and had made “insufficient progress” in relation to the recommendations following the core inspection in November 2013.

Estyn inspectors gave five recommendations:

1. Improve standards at key stage 4 and reduce the gap between the performance of girls and boys

2. Improve attendance

3. Improve the quality of teaching, assessment and the tracking of pupils’ performance

4. Improve the consistency of self-evaluation across the school and ensure that improvement planning includes clear and measurable outcomes

5. Strengthen leadership at all levels to provide greater rigour and secure improvements in standards