A Letter of Welcome from the Headteacher
We are all very pleased to welcome you to Rhydypenau Primary School,
a school where we have high expectations of children and where we do our best to ensure that they are happy.
We work hard to nurture the artists and musicians, scientists, technicians and sporting achievers of the future, by striving to achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum. We also support our pupils in developing confidence and patience, tolerance and perseverance, as they develop into happy and successful citizens of the future.
Much of this work was documented within the last report published by the ESTYN inspection team in January 2011. Everyone associated with our school shares our pleasure and our pride in the way that inspectors recognised Rhydypenau as a successful school, demonstrating highly effective practice. It is very encouraging to us all that the inspectors were able to report that: “The school has an ethos that values learning and achievement. It is an inclusive community, where all pupils enjoy equal access to the wealth of opportunities that it offers.”
We were delighted too by the recognition given to our work as an accredited Thinking School where the “promotion of thinking skills is an integral part of all learning experiences and an outstanding feature of the school’s work. Estyn noted this work, together with work undertaken within the Foundation Phase, as areas of sector leading practice. There is a report on each of these aspects available for you view on the Estyn website.
This clear endorsement of our work and of the benefits to our pupils means that governors and staff continue to move forward together, confident and proud of their achievements to date and with clear ideas about where further improvements can be made. A good example of this continuing development is the recent further accreditation from the University of Exeter as an Advanced Thinking School. The visiting assessor from Exeter reported that “One of the most striking aspects of my visits to classrooms was the level of concentration and involvement of the children in their activities and their learning. Every classroom visited was buzzing with groups or individuals absorbed in very creative activities and hardly any of them seemed to notice that visitors had popped in as they were so engaged in their learning. It was quite magical to experience this and I can only commend teachers for giving the children the skills and the opportunities to enable them to work so happily and independently”.
We know that our success starts with the children and the families we serve, extending to all adults who work for our school. Our pupils are confident learners who are encouraged to believe in themselves, recognising and harnessing the support of their parents and teachers.
Working in partnership with parents, we aim to offer wide-ranging opportunities to further children's academic, personal and social development. We seek, wherever possible, to involve you as parents in the life and work of the school and to keep you well informed about your child’s progress.
I sincerely hope that if your child joins us at Rhydypenau, this will be the beginning of a long and happy relationship with our school.