Anglesey schools out of special measures


Tomos Hughes

ANGLESEY County Council has welcomed Estyn's decision to bring the authority's education services out of special measures.

Inspectors concluded that the island's education provision had made "good progress" in achieving recommendations laid out in a damning report published in May 2012.

Since that report, inspectors noted that exam results, attendance rates and business planning had improved, while the relationship between the council's education service and schools has been "transformed".

The new report says: "Anglesey County Council is judged to have made good progress in relation to the recommendations following the inspection in May 2012.

"As a result, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales is of the opinion that the local authority is no longer in special measures and there is no need for further follow-up activity."

County Council Leader and education portfolio holder, Councillor Ieuan Williams said: "We're extremely pleased with Estyn's latest findings.

“A significant amount of work has been done under the guidance of our Director of Lifelong Learning and the County's education services have been transformed during the past two years.

"We're pleased to see significant progress in all areas including standards, attendance, direction and business planning."

"I would like to thank everyone who has been part of this important recovery process and I'm confident that the robust processes now in place will ensure that the County's education services will continue to improve in the future."

Director of Lifelong Learning, Dr Gwynne Jones, "Every part of Anglesey's education community has worked as one to respond positively to the challenges presented by Estyn in its May 2012 report.

"We've been through an extremely challenging period, but today's news is a tribute to the dedication of all involved - elected members, officials, schools and other stakeholders who have contributed to improvements along the way.

“We'll be working hard now to ensure these improvements are sustainable and that Anglesey's education services continue to develop for the benefit of our young people."

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