The Cathedral School in Llandaff, Cardiff, has been judged by Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales as ‘Excellent’ in all five inspection areas.
Praising the school’s “high quality of teaching” and the “extremely high standards achieved by pupils”, the report also recognises its care, support and guidance arrangements which “help pupils to develop self-confidence, acquire a broad range of important life skills and to become well-informed and active citizens”. The work the school undertakes in this particular area has been identified as sector-leading practice which will be shared with the education sector in Wales.
Chairman of Governors, Mr Gilbert Lloyd, said: “The Board of Governors is delighted with Estyn’s report. Being acknowledged as ‘Excellent’ in all five categories is testament to the committed staff, hardworking pupils and supportive parents at the Cathedral School.
“It is particularly pleasing that the school’s ‘highly successful’ sixth form, introduced in 2013, is recognised with pupils’ performance at A Level over the last three years highlighted as ‘outstanding’ by the inspection team.”
Head of the Cathedral School, Clare Sherwood, added: “It is wonderful that this report continues to reaffirm the Cathedral School as an ‘excellent’ school. I am proud that the role of the ‘high quality of teaching’ and our teachers’ ‘passion and enthusiasm’ has been recognised as ‘central to pupils’ strong and sustained progress”.
“It also confirms the ‘extremely positive attitudes to learning’ our pupils have which helps them to ‘develop mature social and life skills and make outstanding pupils as a result’.
“Our pupils truly are ‘well informed and active citizens’. Just in the last week, nine of our pupils standing for the Welsh Youth Parliament have shared their campaigns with the school community, the Primary Section sported Mad Hair for Pudsey Bear, raising more than £1000 for Children in Need and four of our Year 10 pupils have been announced as finalists in the DVLA Code Challenge, having designed a programme to identify phishing.”
Mrs Sherwood continued, “In the year which has seen the 40th anniversary of co-education at the school, I am delighted that the report identifies our ‘strong sense of community… values such as respect, tolerance, kindness and compassion, which permeate across the whole school community.’”
The full report can be found online at www.estyn.gov.wales