Inspectors ‘ praise for school
STAFF and pupils at Ysgol Friars, in Bangor, are celebrating the very good report they received from Estyn, following the school’s inspection in November.
Friars was judged “good” in all five of the key inspection areas.
The inspectors noted that the school is particularly effective in setting high expectations for pupils’ behaviour, their attitudes to learning and the standard of their work.
The inspectors particularly praised pupils’ behaviour. They described the youngsters as “very impressive” during the visit and the report says that they behave very well and that many are committed learners “who make strong progress in their studies and display a clear sense of ambition”. They found that pupils enjoyed school, felt safe and that the school deals well with the very few incidents of bullying which occur.
Headteacher Neil Foden said: “We are delighted with this report which is a tribute to the hard work of the whole school community, particularly the pupils and the staff who teach them. We’d also like to thank the parents who give us so much support.”
“We regularly ask pupils and parents their opinions, but it’s great to be recognised officially for the good work we do.”
The inspectors only made three recommendations, which were to increase toilet facilities, to ensure that the provision for Welsh matches all pupils’ abilities and previous experience and to make self-evaluation procedures more consistent.
● Ysgol Friars in Bangor