Pontarddulais Comprehensive School is buzzing with activity and positivity, according to a recent report by school inspectors from Estyn.

The inspectors visited the school in December and have now shared their findings. Their report said: "Pontarddulais Comprehensive is a dynamic and inclusive school where pupils, regardless of background or ability, thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Typically, pupils enjoy school, and they are polite and courteous as they interact with adults and each other. They are confident, respectful and eager to learn."

The report also noted that attendance had bounced back well following the disruption caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, and was much higher than at similar schools. For the latest Swansea news, sign up to our newsletter here

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The school's leaders, teachers and support staff all had high expectations for every pupil, including those with additional learning needs (ALN). The school's specialist teaching facility (STF) offered outstanding learning experiences for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, helping these pupils make great strides in essential independent living and communication skills.

The school's leaders were putting their approach to the Curriculum for Wales into action, said the inspectors, with clear goals, and were working closely with local primary schools to ensure pupils made smooth transitions to secondary school.Get the best user experience with WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android

Pupils and staff at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School celebrating their recent Estyn inspection.
Pupils and staff at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School celebrating their recent Estyn inspection.
Pontarddulais Comprehensive School
Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

Inspectors praised headteacher Gareth Rees for his strong and visionary leadership. They said he, along with the school community, had high hopes for the school. "Leaders at all levels, along with governors, are always working hard to make sure pupils have the best experience," the report added.

Mr Rees said: "We are delighted that the report acknowledges the outstanding contributions of our staff, pupils, and governors, as well as the invaluable support from the wider school community. It's a testament to the dedication of staff, who have consistently strived to provide the highest quality education for our pupils. The opportunity to now showcase our achievements on a national platform on attendance, school improvement, and use of the Welsh language gives us renewed pride in our work and affirmation that we are continuing to move in the right direction."

Swansea Council's cabinet member for education, Robert Smith, said: "I'd like to congratulate all involved at the school on this inspection report which I hope they are rightly very proud of."