HIGHLY creative projects which inspire and motivate pupils at Swansea's Pen-y-Bryn Special School have won praise from education watchdog Estyn.
(Media-Newswire.com) - HIGHLY creative projects which inspire and motivate pupils at Swansea's Pen-y-Bryn Special School have won praise from education watchdog Estyn.
image depicting penybryn imageInnovative projects like its Dr Who magazine, its annual Eisteddfod and its Eco Week initiative, as well as partnerships with outside organisations such as The National Museum of Wales, are all paying dividends for pupils at the school.
Inspectors also praised the quality of leadership, team working among teachers and staff and their determination to live up to the school's motto 'Believe it, Achieve it' as key factors in the school's success.
Cllr Will Evans, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: "Pen-y-Bryn has built up a strong reputation of success in supporting pupils with autism and other learning needs to achieve their potential. Their success stories like the Dr Who magazine and Brian Blessed-narrated Christmas film animation are legendary and have been widely reported.
"The pupils are a credit to themselves, their parents and the school they attend. And the Estyn inspectors make it clear how the skills, dedication and innovative approach brought to their work by staff are making a difference not just for the children in their care but for their parents and the wider community too."
Estyn inspectors rate Pen-y-Bryn as a good school with good prospects for improvement. But they also point out that its partnership working with organisations like Gower College Swansea and Careers Wales is excellent, as is the quality and variety of the pupils' learning experience.
Estyn said pupils gain extensive experience of the world of work which prepares them well for life after they leave school and over the last three years all Year 14 pupils have moved on to college courses or specialist day provision.
Ann Williams-Brunt, Headteacher, said: "I'm very pleased that ESTYN has celebrated the considerable progress the school has made since its last inspection. I cannot thank my dedicated staff enough for the hard work they put in day in and day out to improve the life chances of the special pupils in our care."
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