North East Wales

Special measures lifted at Ysgol Penrhyn and Min-Y-Ddol in Wrexham

Two Wrexham primary schools have been taken out of special measures, two years after inspectors raised concerns about education standards.

Estyn officials say Ysgol Min-Y-Ddol in Cefn Mawr and Ysgol Penrhyn, New Broughton, have made progress since critical reports in 2011.

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates said the news would come as a "relief" to parents.

Both schools have been monitored each term after inspectors made several recommendations for improvements.

Welsh medium Ysgol Min-Y-Ddol was asked to tackle shortcomings in the quality of teaching and assessment.

Ysgol Penrhyn had to adopt seven recommendations, including raising standards in reading, writing and numeracy across the curriculum.

The follow-up reports from Estyn says progress has been made but both schools still have some work to go to fully address recommendations.

"This news will be a great relief to parents and pupils at the schools which I hope will now go on raising standards and move from strength to strength in the next few years," said Mr Skates.

"This was the third follow-up visit by Estyn to Ysgol Min Y Ddol and it has identified improvements in key areas such as pupil attendance, quality of teaching and communication with parents.

"At Ysgol Penrhyn New Broughton Primary there have been four follow-up visits and important progress has been made on school leadership and safeguarding."

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