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:
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:
Visitor & Parent 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, 2019)
“Thank you so much for the opportunity to walk around Ysgol Heulfan today and meet the teachers and pupils. I cannot believe what a wonderfully warm reception we received in every class. The maturity the junior department showed to meeting strangers, and the standard of work was outstanding.” (Governor, 2019)
“I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of Hafod Lon, Pendalar and ourselves, to say a very big thank you for the lovely visit we had. We are so very grateful for Mrs K Jones’ time – being able to have a look at the 3 classes in Y Canol and also a walk around the school was very useful. What a warm and friendly atmosphere we experienced. We really did feel very welcome.” (Assistant Headteacher, Canolfan Addysg y Bont, 2019)
“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and my tour of the school during which I observed a truly inspiring learning environment which clearly focussed on development of the ‘whole child.‘” (Mr Ian Roberts, Head of Education, Wrexham 2017).
“A fantastic school, the children are polite and obviously happy in their learning and environment. It is a beautiful school with everybody included – great staff.” (Parent, 2018)
“Ysgol Heulfan is an amazing school. The teachers are brilliant. My daughter is in Reception and loves coming here. I am so happy that my child attends this school.” (Parent, 2018)