Ninian Park Primary School has capped off memorable week, with an inspection report which praises pupil standards and their attitudes to learning.
The Estyn report – although it wants some improvements in teaching and the foundation phase – highlights improvements shown by the school and rates it “good” in most areas.
It follows on from the school leaping up from “red” to “yellow” in Wales’ annual school ratings – one of only nine schools in the country to do so.
The school had been struggling but a new governing body and new head teacher have been trying to turn performance around over the last 18 months.
The chair of governors has apologised for parents about the past and says there are no more excuses – and the school is now aiming to be among the best.
The inspectors found performance of pupils in year 6 in English, maths and science was in the higher
50% of pupils in similar schools.
They also praised pupils’ behaviour and attitudes.
“Most pupils take pride in improving their school and speak positively about the impact
of their suggestions, such as when they introduce a Welsh playground game or
promote anti-bullying,” said the report.
Around 92% of pupils are from 40 different ethnic minority groups, with 84% having English as an additional language.
It praises how the pupils improve their language and writing skills, with “most pupils acquiring good English language skills as they progress through the school”.
Chair of governors Councillor Ashley Govier has said the diversity of Ninian Park’s children was one of its best qualities and cannot be used as an excuse for poor performance – and the results of the last few days have shown what can be achieved.
“It’s been fantastic week for Ninian – as if being in the top 10 most improved schools in Wales wasn’t enough, we now have a very strong Estyn report to take us forward,” said Mr Govier.
“I deeply regret the years the school was under performing and can’t apologise enough to local parents and children.
“Rest assured Grangetown, we are now on track to becoming one of the best primary schools in Wales. If you want to be part of that journey, please get in touch with the school to find out how you can help.”