St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School was last inspected in March 2022 by Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.
School inspection overview
The headteacher and his staff at St. Teilo’s are united in their strong commitment to keeping pupils safe, raising their aspirations and helping them to develop and achieve. The Christian values of the school underpin all its work, helping it to create a caring ethos where pupils feel valued and well supported.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the school responded to the needs of its pupils and local community with flexibility and dedication. As pupils have returned to school, staff have worked hard to protect and enhance pupils’ well-being alongside supporting progress in their learning. In many lessons, teachers’ high expectations and careful planning help pupils to both readjust to normal school life and make sound progress in their knowledge, understanding and skills. In a minority of instances, teachers do not challenge pupils consistently well enough, which reduces the progress that they make.
The school provides an extensive range of effective pastoral support to meet pupils’ needs and ensures that pupils with additional learning needs get the help that they require. There is a strong culture of safeguarding, and staff have a clear understanding of their role in supporting pupils’ safety and well-being through all aspects of their work. However, the school canteen is currently closed, and the school is not providing pupils with hot meals or sufficient access to drinking water.
Leaders have a clear vision for developing a Curriculum for Wales that closely matches its ambition for creating ‘brilliant learners’. The school adapts its curriculum to meet the needs of individual and groups of pupils, although currently it does not meet statutory requirements in a few subject areas.
The headteacher provides strong, thoughtful leadership and his commitment to equity and success for all pupils and the school community is shared by staff and governors.
Recommendation 1 was resolved automatically as pandemic restrictions ended.
Recommendation 2 forms the basis of the first priority in the School Improvement Plan. A robust professional learning programme is in place to ensure that every lesson is effective and that children are challenged to achieve as highly as possible at all times.
Recommendation 3 was resolved automatically as pandemic restrictions ended.