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Primary school praised for 'exceptional standards'

A North Cardiff primary school has been commended by inspectors for its exceptional standards, outstanding leadership, and a nurturing environment that supports all pupils in achieving high levels of success.

Estyn's inspectors described Llysfaen Primary School in Lisvane as a highly successful and happy institution where high standards permeate all aspects of its life and work.

The inspection report from His Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales highlights the strong and effective leadership by the headteacher, governors, and other senior leaders.

Their deep understanding of the school's strengths and areas for improvement, combined with the regular gathering of accurate performance evidence and effective planning, ensures that any shortcomings are addressed swiftly.

The report notes that that nearly all pupils, including those with additional learning needs (ALN), make very strong progress. It praises the high quality of teaching, noting that most teachers skilfully plan lessons that build on pupils' prior learning and set high expectations.

The inspection found that nearly all pupils behave impeccably, interacting with each other in a caring and supportive manner. The positive relationships between pupils and staff, coupled with a nurturing environment, ensure that pupils' well-being is well supported. There is also a strong culture of safeguarding.

Headteacher Melanie Jenkins said: "I am absolutely delighted with our Estyn report, which highlights the tireless efforts of my staff to guarantee the best for every pupil and celebrates all the things we hold dear here at Llysfaen Primary School.


"The staff are so dedicated and work so hard to cultivate a nurturing, inclusive and lively school environment as well as craft an engaging and pertinent curriculum that helps our pupils excel in their learning."

Overall a positive report, Estyn has made one recommendation to the school around increasing opportunities for pupils to direct their own learning in lessons, which will be addressed in the school's action plan.

At the time of inspection, Llysfaen Primary School had 458 pupils on roll. 4.4% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, 3.9% of pupils identify as having additional learning needs and 3.4% have English as an additional language.

For more information or to read the full inspection report, please visit Llysfaen Primary School | Estyn (

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