Staff and students at Barry Comprehensive School were delighted this week at the release of a new report from school inspectors Estyn showing the school has made strong progress across the board since its full inspection in 2013.
The report measured six key areas, including GCSE examination results, the quality of teaching, and behaviour. In five of the six areas the school was judged to be making at least ‘strong’ progress, with only one ‘satisfactory’ for the marking of pupils’ work. Headteacher Gerard McNamara said: ‘This is a very pleasing report, reflecting the hard work and commitment shown by the whole school community over the past few years. Coming after two years of significantly improved school results, it is another tremendous boost for pupils, parents, staff and governors and confirms the huge strides we know we have been making towards becoming an excellent school.’
The school is one of 40 supported for the last two years through the national ‘Schools Challenge Cymru’ programme. Professor Mel Ainscow, the Welsh Government’s Champion for Schools Challenge Cymru, commented on the release of the report: ‘The school and community of Barry Comprehensive should be very proud of their Estyn report following the inspection in September 2016. The report reflects the hard work of all the school community and the quality that is being achieved. The school is well on the road to soon becoming an excellent school.’
Vale of Glamorgan Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, Lis Burnett, commented, “We are delighted with the outcome of Estyn’s monitoring visit which is a testament to the hard work of pupils, staff and governors at the school. The level of improvement in performance over the past two years is very positive, providing a strong foundation for the school to build on.”