Estyn (Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales) report, 2013
As a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school, Rydal Penrhos School has a proud record in providing exceptional academic opportunities and we are delighted this has been confirmed by the report of our 2013 inspection carried out by Estyn, the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.
‘Many strengths, including significant examples of sector-leading practice’
Estyn, Oct 2013 The Inspectors spent a week at the Prep and Senior schools and judged both our current performance and the prospects for improvement as Good, which means ‘Many strengths and no important areas requiring significant improvement’. Two key areas – the Learning Environment and Wellbeing – were rated Excellent, which is awarded for having ‘Many strengths, including significant examples of sector-leading practice’. The school’s high academic standards were also identified, with results at GCSE, A-level and the International Baccalaureate being well above the national and worldwide standard.
The Inspectors recognised that we provide an environment both inside and outside the classroom that allows pupils of all abilities to fulfil their potential. Our extra-curricular programme has now been affirmed, with Inspectors commenting on how it makes a significant contribution to the pupils’ personal and social development. The opportunities and challenges we provide develop our pupils’ individuality but at the core is a social and moral responsibility, which again was recognised and commended by the Inspectors.
A case study describing the school’s sector-leading practice in developing pupils’ social and life skills has been published by Estyn. It illustrates how the school’s enrichment programme has broadened pupils’ horizons so that they have a high respect for diversity of different cultures, and a well-developed sense of responsibility and service for others.
The report shows that our pupils not only thrive throughout their time in school, but will also be properly equipped with the necessary personal and social skills for their future.
The annual report for 2012-13 by Ann Keane, HM Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, singles out independent schools in Wales for ‘maintaining their high performance’. The report, published recently by Estyn, begins: ‘Although we are not seeing improvements in standards across the board, some sectors, such as special and independent schools, are maintaining their high performance.’ It continues: ‘Standards in all special and many independent schools are good or excellent…’
The report does not take into account the most recent Estyn inspection for Rydal Penrhos, which will be included in next year’s (2013-14) annual report. But it does show that the independent sector is in a very healthy state in Wales, noting that ‘…It is disappointing that those schools that are excellent are in a small minority…’
In its recent inspection report, both current performance and prospects for improvement at Rydal Penrhos were judged to be Good, while two key areas – the Learning Environment and Wellbeing – were rated Excellent.