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Cwmfelin Primary School applauded for offering ‘real life’ learning experiences

Credit: Cwmfelin Primary School

An Estyn inspection in November last year, praised Cwmfelin Primary School for many of its practices, most notably, offering authentic learning experiences to its pupils.

The school has been particularly praised for its ‘Big Bocs Bwyd’ project – an initiative which provides affordable food to the local community.  The Estyn report highlights how the scheme is especially effective at allowing pupils to learn within an authentic context.  Inspectors were so impressed by how the teachers use the project to support learning within a ‘real life’ situation, that the school has been asked to prepare a case study on the ‘Big Bocs Bwyd’ for the Estyn website.

Leaders at the school were noted for fostering a positive ethos towards staff development, as well as encouraging innovation.   The school’s system for identifying and accommodating learners with additional learning needs was also highlighted as a strength by inspectors, together with pupils’ pride in themselves, their school and their work.

Joanne Edwards, acting headteacher at the time of the inspection, and Julie Morgan, the substantive headteacher, wrote the following statement in response to the Estyn report: “Staff and governors are delighted that the Estyn inspection team have identified the many strengths of the school. Inspectors recognise how hard we work at Cwmfelin to create a nurturing and inclusive environment.

“We are extremely pleased that the inspection report highlights our caring ethos and strong staff / pupil relationships. Our ‘Big Bocs Bwyd’ project, which supports the local community, is highlighted as a particular strength of the school. The ‘Big Bocs Bwyd’ provides an authentic context for learning, supporting pupils to develop important life skills, such as financial literacy and cookery, and we are particularly proud to have been invited to write a case study to share this good practice on the Estyn website.

“Our bespoke Cwmfelin curriculum, which is the result of many years of development, is also recognised as an area of particular strength. Work is ongoing and staff continue to refine and update the inquiry-based school curriculum, ensuring it remains relevant and engaging and enables pupils to develop their specific interests and skills.”

How wonderful that children are being supported by this school offering such enriching and meaningful experiences. A dedicated and inclusive staff, that has been rightfully acknowledged in nothing less than a glowing Estyn inspection report. Well done, Cwmfelin Primary School!

Councillor Jon-Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education