Two reports on Caerleon schools – the Estyn (Welsh Schools Inspectorate) report and the Welsh Government’s colour coding banding both highlight the fact that nothing is ever static in the educational world.
Lodge Hill Primary has now achieved the top “green”rating in the Estyn table. Congratulations to them and also to the Charles Williams Church in Wales School where they have achieved the next best yellow rating for being “effective”. Improvements in both cases.
Caerleon Comprehensive, which recently had some of the best exam results in Newport, improved its rating from “Red” to “Amber” in the Welsh Government’s report, but didn’t do so well in the Estyn report. The school was described as “adequate” whereas a few years ago it was “excellent”.
One of the concerns was over bullying, where the inspectors felt there was an insufficiently “robust and timely approach to dealing with bullying”.
Chair of Governors at the Comprehensive, John Parfitt said, “I’m not saying that there hasn’t been a problem, but I don’t believe that it’s any worse than in other schools.” He added that an assistant head had now been appointed with special responsibilities for well being.
Councillor Gail Giles, Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, in response to a question about bullying in Newport generally, said the incidents over the last four years had decreased, showing a positive trend.
- The number of restrictive physical interventions that have taken place decreased from 154 in 2012/13 to 94 in 2015/16
- The number of permanent exclusions has reduced from 17 in 2012/13 to 10 in 2015/16
- The number of incidents of fixed term exclusions has reduced from 1206 in 2012/13 to 94 in 2015/16
- The number of days lost due to fixed term exclusions has reduced from 3152.5 in 2012/13 to 2016 in 2015/16