What Others Say!


We welcomed Estyn Inspectors in February 2018 and here’s what they summarised:

Ysgol Heulfan is an exceptionally caring and inclusive school. The headteacher and senior leaders are highly effective and provide inspirational leadership. As a result, almost all pupils make strong progress, often from very low starting points and those that are more able achieve highly. The progress that many pupils make in developing their literacy skills is a particularly strong feature of the school’s success. Nearly all pupils are courteous and their behaviour in and around the school is exemplary. They have admirable attitudes to their learning and display high levels of independence and resilience.

The overall quality of teaching is good although there are examples of excellent practice in many classes. All staff provide a rich, imaginative and stimulating curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils well. Provision for pupils with additional learning needs is excellent. The high levels of care, support and guidance that staff provide throughout the school is remarkable. As a result, pupils thrive, and feel safe and valued. (Estyn, 2018)”

Read the full report here: 
Estyn Inspection Report 2018


As a Flagship School for the Inclusion Quality Mark we are assessed annually. During our last review, the assessor opened his report with:

Everyone involved at Ysgol Heulfan is committed to providing the very highest standard of teaching and learning experiences which not only develop the pupil’s knowledge and skills but foster an enjoyment of learning as well. Holding at the very forefront its ethos and its superb commitment to providing a highly inclusive teaching and learning environment for all pupils. This is reinforced by their mission to inspire generations of children in the best nurturing and stimulating environment, that is very clearly demonstrated in their stated aim: ‘Working together to be the best we can be.An absolutely superbly inclusive statement that every member of staff involved with the school believes in.

The full report can be read here:

Ysgol Heulfan Review – Oct 2022 (1)

Visitor, Parent & Pupil Quotes:

I was completely blown away today by the Learning Walk experience you allowed me to be part of. I have my own motto of inspire-innovate and succeed. You, your staff, volunteers and pupils alike all excel in every aspiration of this. The book work of Year 6 pupils far exceeded the expectations of their age related capabilities. When asking the pupils to explain the work in their own words they gave a clear, precise description, clearly identifying the understanding of the work that had been show cased. An amazing achievement and attributed I’m sure to the loving, affectionate atmosphere that flows throughout the whole school.” (Cllr Tina Mannering, Gwersyllt East & South Ward)

“I am very impressed with everything I heard about my child in Parents’ Evening today. I was very nervous about him starting a new school, but he is doing amazing and his teachers have been absolutely fantastic with him, making sure he has all the support he needs. I am very confident sending him to school as I know he is always well looked after and the teachers always make sure he is safe and doing his very best with his work. Thank you all so very much for everything you do for our children.” (Parent, 2022)

“I am overwhelmed by the progress my son has made, not just academically but also in confidence and character. The help that he needed was recognised and he was given the support he needed straight away. I will never forget it and am eternally grateful. Thank you to everyone.” (Parent, 2022)

“I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support to my child and myself. I have so much trust in this school. I’m so glad I made the decision to move my son here!” (Parent, 2022)

“My daughter is so happy at school. I have been so impressed with the outstanding standard of work in her books. A huge thank you, to Mrs Thomas, Mrs Morris and the Heulfan team for all their hard work in creating such a wonderful environment for my daughter and her peers to work in. I feel that not only is she educated to an extremely high standard but nurtured and cared for also. Nothing is too much trouble and Mrs Thomas is always available to speak to, if ever needed.” (Parent, 2022)

“I am so happy in school! All the teachers are nice, kind and caring! They always plan exciting lessons for us and will always let us have a go at anything. They are always there to support us if we need help.” (Year 6 Pupil, 2022)

“I like how school is fun but I learn things. I am very happy in school and I like coming to school. I know that if I ever have any worries, I can talk to my teachers and they will help me. Mrs Thomas and Mrs Morris like to plan nice things for us and we all know we are very lucky in this school!” (Year 6 Pupil, 2022)

Some feedback from our most recent Parents’ Evening.