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Provider: Croesyceiliog School

Level of follow-up: Estyn review / Special measures

Removed: November 2021

Croesyceiliog School was inspected in 2018 and placed in non-statutory follow-up (Estyn review). When inspectors re-visited in 2020, progress was found to be too slow and the school was deemed to require special measures. An executive headteacher was appointed, who quickly developed a clear vision for the school’s improvement. Roles and responsibilities at senior and middle leader level were refined to make best use of the existing staff, and these leaders ensured that the school’s improvement work had a sustained focus on developing effective classroom practice. Valuable professional learning activities helped leaders to develop their capacity to accurately evaluate their areas of responsibility, especially the effectiveness of teaching. This enabled them to identify precisely the specific aspects that required development.

The strategic direction provided by the executive headteacher helped staff to work collaboratively, for example by regularly sharing good practice. As a result, the school made rapid progress against the recommendations from the core inspection.