Ysgol Bro Sannan
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

School Guide Rating

Ty Fry Road
CF81 9FN
3 - 11
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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Welsh medium
Language of the school
Free school meals

School Description

Ysgol Bro Sannan is situated in the village of Aberbargoed in Caerphilly local authority. Welsh is the main medium of the school’s life and work. There are 195 pupils between 3 and 11 years old on roll, including 19 full-time nursery age pupils. Pupils are taught in seven classes, which include four single-age classes and three mixed-age classes. Over a three-year-period, around 26% of pupils have been eligible for free school meals. This is higher than the national percentage of 18%. A few pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes and very few are from ethnic minority backgrounds. The school has identified around 24% of its pupils as having special educational needs. This is slightly higher than the national percentage of 21%. The school was last inspected in March 2012 and the current headteacher was appointed in September 2011. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Ysgol Bro Sannan October 2019 Summary The school places a strong emphasis on establishing a caring and inclusive learning community that promotes the Welsh language and pupils’ Welshness successfully. All staff commit successfully to supporting vulnerable pupils and promoting the importance of good behaviour, courtesy and respect. As a result, most pupils enjoy coming to school, feel safe there and treat each other, staff and visitors with respect. Most staff take advantage of beneficial opportunities to develop pupils’ oracy skills at all times. Most pupils develop strong oracy skills and are very proud of their ability to speak Welsh. However, pupils’ reading and writing skills have not been developed to the same standard. Over-direction from staff in lessons also limits pupils’ ability to develop their independent learning skills in full. The recent period of instability in terms of leadership and staff changes has had a negative effect on the school’s life and work. As a result, leaders continue to rely on external support to implement priorities for improvement and monitor progress. All staff work well with each other and others to act on any guidance on how to improve provision and pupils’ outcomes. However, the school does not yet have purposeful or mature enough self-evaluation processes to identify and ensure improvement independently Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement 2 A report on Ysgol Bro Sannan October 2019 Recommendations R1 Develop a robust leadership structure in order for leaders at all levels to take responsibility for important aspects of the school’s life and work R2 Strengthen self-evaluation processes R3 Ensure that teachers use a variety of effective learning strategies to meet the needs of all pupils R4 Improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills R5 Improve pupils’ independent learning skills What happens next In accordance with the Education Act 2005, HMCI is of the opinion that this school is in need of significant improvement. The school will produce an action plan to show how it will address the recommendations. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress around 12 months after the publication of this report.

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