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Estyn report praises Pembroke Dock Community School

PEMBROKE Dock Community School has been praised in a recent Estyn report following an inspection.

The report stated that inspectors judged six of the quality indicators as excellent and the remaining four as good.

They praised the excellent quality of care, support and guidance that pupils receive reporting it has a very positive effect on pupils’ standards and wellbeing.

Phil Bowen, chair of governors congratulated the whole school community on the recent Estyn inspection report saying "I am proud of the exceptional effort made by all staff to ensure we provide an exemplary education for all pupils at Pembroke Dock Community School."

The report states that Headteacher Michele Thomas "provides clear and exceptional leadership, has a strong vision for the school and had a strong, supportive team spirit across the school and a culture of promoting innovation. Governors understand their roles and act as effective ‘critical friends’ in questioning and challenging leaders and managers".

Inspectors also found that nearly all pupils have outstanding attitudes to learning by feeling valued and take an active part in taking responsibility for their own learning and want to help others to succeed.

The school’s provision for promoting the Welsh language, culture and heritage was also found to be very effective.

The school’s self-evaluation procedures were also praised with the report adding they "provide a model for other schools across the local authority and region. There is an open culture where, for example, staff encourage pupils to review their teaching. This helps teachers to identify ways that help pupils to learn best".

The school has made very good progress in addressing the recommendations of the last inspection report.

Headteacher Michele Thomas said that she was very proud of the report and praised the whole school community.

“The outcome of the report is a result of sheer hard work and dedication from all the stakeholders.

“I was particularly pleased that the impact of pupil voice and participation was noted. We are a Children’s Rights Respecting School and value the input pupils make to the working of the school. There was also reference to the strong, supportive team spirit across the school and the culture of promoting innovation.

“We are always seeking ways to further improve and look forward to building on the school’s successes.”

Estyn’s report on Pembroke Dock Community School can be found on www.estyn.gov.wales

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