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Provider: Bryn Celyn Primary School

Level of follow-up: Significant improvement / Special measures

Removed: 2014 and revisited in 2022

Bryn Celyn Primary School in Cardiff was placed into significant improvement, and then special measures, following its core inspection in 2011. The school serves an area of significant deprivation where the proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is around 74%. The school was removed from statutory follow-up in 2014, following three years of regular monitoring from Estyn and intensive support for the local authority and regional consortium.

When inspectors returned in 2022 to complete a core inspection, the school had improved markedly and did not require any follow-up. Nearly all staff had remained at the school, including the headteacher, creating a cohesive, well-focused culture of collaboration. Leaders have established a strong partnership with parents that has been highly successful in raising pupils’ aspirations. Inspectors found a much-strengthened focus on pupil achievement and, as a result, significant well-embedded improvements to the quality of teaching and classroom practice.