Posted: Wed 23rd Aug 2023

Cornist Park C.P. School shines in latest Estyn inspection report

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Aug 23rd, 2023

A Flintshire primary school has received high praise following a recent inspection.

In June, Estyn, the education and training inspectorate, visited Cornist Park CP in Flint.

Inspectors were notably impressed with the school’s dedication to pupil well-being and inclusivity.

Located on Ffordd yr Ysgol, Flint, the school has 282 pupils of statutory school age.

Estyn inspectors highlighted that the headteacher of Cornist Park, supported by the deputy head and other leaders, has established a clear vision for the school.

Living by the school’s motto, ‘Freedom to Flourish’, the leadership team places significant emphasis on the well-being of both staff and pupils, nurturing a close community spirit.

Their leadership approach embodies professional values, resulting in effective staff collaboration and a welcoming environment for pupils.

Estyn’s review found that the school’s self-evaluation processes are thorough, driving continuous improvement and aligning with both local and national educational objectives.

The report notes the school’s commitment to promoting Welsh culture is evident in its various activities, such as collaborating with local Welsh artists and introducing contemporary Welsh music to students.

Inspectors found professional development at the school a priority, with all staff members, including support staff, being provided with ample growth opportunities. This focus has directly contributed to enhanced pupil outcomes.

The school also maintains transparent communication with parents, offering a range of engagement activities.

The inspector’s report commends, “Cornist Park CP School is a nurturing community where pupils confidently work and play.”

Staff prioritise pupils’ well-being, crafting an environment where they flourish.

Pupils feel secure and appreciated, confident in seeking support when faced with challenges.

The school’s assistance, especially for those with additional learning needs (ALN), is praiseworthy.

The school’s ethos is conducive to effective learning. Pupils, exhibiting commendable behaviour and enthusiasm, form solid relationships with both staff and their peers.

Both indoor and outdoor learning spaces are designed to be active and engaging, ensuring pupils remain invested in their education.

While the teaching approach is impactful, there’s an identified need to bolster provisions for the Welsh language and numeracy.

The report state: “School leaders have high expectations of themselves and everyone within the school community to do their best for pupils.”

“There is a strong culture of professional learning embedded across the school where teachers and support staff’s talents and interests are developed and valued.”

“Leaders know the school well and are open and honest about its strengths and areas for improvement.”

“For example, the school recognises a need to improve how it challenges pupils to achieve to the best of their ability and to ensure that feedback to pupils helps to move them forward with their learning.”

Inspectors provided the school with three key recommendations:

  1. Ensure teaching consistently challenges all pupils and that feedback effectively aids their improvement.
  2. Expand opportunities for pupils to decide how they organise, present, and approach their work.
  3. Enhance the curriculum to systematically develop pupils’ Welsh language and numeracy skills.

In response, the school will formulate an action plan to address these recommendations. Estyn has also invited the school to produce a case study detailing its strategic approach to developing support staff skills and its positive impact on pupils’ learning and well-being. This will be shared on Estyn’s website.

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