Ninian Park Primary School has been recognised after its rapid improvement has seen a significant rise in standards.
A report by Wales’ education watchdog Estyn gave the school a good rating, the second highest possible, in four out of the five areas the inspectorate looked at.
Estyn inspectors found that pupils at the school make strong progress and have a positive attitude to learning. They also found that there has been significant and rapid improvement since headteacher Miss Jennifer Scott joined the school.
The findings came only a week after the latest school categorisations published by the Welsh Government showed Ninian Park primary’s improvement to be amongst the biggest in Wales, jumping two categories – from red, the lowest, to yellow one off the highest green rating.
Welcoming the Estyn and Welsh Government findings, headteacher Miss Scott said:
“These results endorse what we have felt here in Ninian Park for some time now. Thanks to the hard work and effort of everyone involved with the school, we are definitely on the up.
“This is a great start and it shows we are moving in the right direction, but there is more for us to do and I welcome the fact that Estyn’s appraisal of the school mirrors our own.
“We are all clear in what we need to do at the school in order to build on this significant and rapid improvement, ensuring that we continue to raise standards. We have a clear action plan in place to maintain high standards and deliver further improvements.
“There is a great sense of community at Ninian Park primary, and I am looking forward to continuing our journey of improvement with all the pupils, parents, staff and governors at the school.”
Miss Scott formally took up her post as headteacher in September 2016, having joined the school as acting head in September 2015.
Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Sarah Merry said:
“Ninian Park Primary School has improved significantly over a very short period of time, and everyone at the school should be congratulated for receiving this recognition from both Estyn and the Welsh Government.
“I have visited the school on several occasions and I have seen the hard work of Miss Scott and her staff first hand. There is a great atmosphere at Ninian Park primary and you get a real sense that the children enjoy being at the school and take pride in their learning.
“The progress our individual schools are making is reflected in the rising standards we are seeing in education in Cardiff as a whole.
“Performance has improved considerably over the last five years and Cardiff now stands above the Welsh average in a number of key stages, including at primary school level, where the improvement has been particularly strong.
“Miss Scott, her staff and governors have a clear plan in place and I look forward to seeing further improvement at Ninian Park Primary School in the future.”