A Cwmbran school has been placed in ‘special measures’

Written by on 4th December 2018

Cwmbran High School, formerly Fairwater High School, has been put in special measures following a recent Estyn monitoring visit to the school.

The school was renamed Cwmbran High School as both Fairwater and Llantarnam Schools closed and merged on the former Fairwater School site. This then saw the former Llantarnam School demolished and the site later sold to a housing developer despite protests.

In a letter addressed to parents/ carers of students at Cwmbran High, it is stated that the purpose of the visit was to measure the progress the school had made in relation to the 5 recommendations from the original inspection in December 2015, including:

R1:- Improve the standard of pupils’ skills, particularly their writing, andnumeracy

R2:- Improve the behaviour and disrespectful attitudes of a few pupils in a minority of lessons

R3:- Ensure that the literacy and numeracy framework is implemented fully

R4:- Address the shortcomings in teaching to ensure that pupils make good progress in all lessons

R5:- Improve the consistency in the work of middle managers, particularly in planning for improvement

The letter then continues to mention that Estyn has recognised the school has made improvements across a range of areas including standards at KS3. However, the pace of improvement has been too slow and therefore insufficient progress has been made in relation to the 5 key recommendations.

A banner previously located on the schools entrance

The school has responded to the Estyn report saying:

The school action plan has been updated to address the identified shortcomings. The school has implemented a range of strategies across the school including actions to improve leadership and governance through to classroom practice.

Please be assured that the school is working effectively in partnership with the Governing Body, Local Authority, Regional Consortia and Estyn to ensure our action plan rapidly delivers necessary improvements across the school.

The school will submit our action plan to Estyn in January before meeting with them in February to jointly review the plan and discuss the way forward.

There will be a meeting for parents on Wednesday 5th December 6.00pm – 7.00pm in the Upper School Hall to outline how the school is going to make rapid improvements in the key areas outlined in the report and to address any questions/ concerns that parents/ carers may have.

Parents/Carers who cannot make this meeting or would prefer to meet with the school on a one to one basis can do so by contacting the school directly via the heads email address head.cwmbranhigh@torfaen.gov.uk or by phone 01633 643950 to arrange an appointment with the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher in the coming weeks.

Further meetings are expected to take place on a termly basis.

The report can be found on the Estyn website here.


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