ESTYN Inspection – Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen

Date: 25/11/2019

Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen today welcomes a report published by ESTYN following an inspection in September 2019. 

The report notes that the school is a close-knit and caring community where staff know the pupils very well and are very supportive of them. Inspectors also noted that pupils were given valuable opportunities to contribute to the life of the community. The report confirms the school Governors and Head’s view that standards need to improve.

Chair of Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen's Governing Body, Paul Rowlinson, said:

“As Governors we are proud that ESTYN recognised the importance we place on providing opportunities for our pupils to contribute to the life of the school and the community. 

“We are pleased that ESTYN has recognised that our decision to restructure the school leadership team in late 2018, as recommended by the Head, has led to a more robust position, more robust structures and a sound grasp of the school’s priorities for improvement. This has enabled us to focus on improving standards and the school had already begun to introduce the changes to achieve this. 

"As a Governing Body we will assist and support the Headteacher and all the staff to continue to deliver the improvements required to ensure that Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen offers the best education for our community’s pupils.”

Head of Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Dylan Davies, said: 

“We are pleased that ESTYN’s report has acknowledged that our new leadership team has a clear vision that reflects the naturally Welsh community of which it is a part, with an emphasis on developing our pupils’ bilingualism’.

“I also welcome that the report recognises our clear understanding of the areas that need to be developed and that we have succeeded in implementing clear processes to monitor progress. The report certainly offers us as staff, governors and the whole community a clear programme to work to ensure that the school offers the best education to the pupils of Dyffryn Ogwen. ” 

A spokesperson for Gwynedd’s Education Department added: “As the Local Education Authority, we note the contents of the report. Estyn notes specific areas where there is room for development and we are pleased that positive changes have been put in place at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen over the recent period, and we will continue to work with the school on the work of continuing with the improvement process over the coming months.”