var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-41362908-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'stats.g.doubleclick.net/dc.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
Home / Latest News / Cardiff primary school headteacher is named best in Wales

Cardiff primary school headteacher is named best in Wales

A primary school headteacher has been named the best in Wales – two months after a glowing inspection report hailed her “excellent” leadership.

Catherine Power has enjoyed unprecedented success at St Philip Evans RC Primary School in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, which recently won high praise from education watchdog Estyn.

In their report, published in March, inspectors adjudged both current performance and prospects for improvement at St Philip Evans as “excellent”, with teaching quality also recognised.

And to top off what has been a wonderful academic year for St Philip Evans, Miss Power is today named Wales’ Primary School Headteacher of the Year.

The Pearson Teaching Awards recognise the cream of primary and secondary schools and this year attracted more than 24,000 nominations from across the UK.

Judges said that upon visiting the school, they quickly realised Miss Power had “created something very special” at St Philip Evans.

They added: “She has made a tremendous impact on everyone and everything at St Philip Evans and stakeholders appreciate her vision, drive, warmth and integrity.

“Set in a community that has its share of challenges, St Philip Evans stands out as a beacon of optimism, quality and success.”

Miss Power will be invited to join other Welsh winners at an event in Cardiff in September before attending the televised UK Teaching Awards in London.

The headteacher, who has been in post since 2000, said she was delighted to receive the prize and paid tribute to her “fabulous” staff, children and parents.

“We work together – it’s a school community and our pupils are at the heart of everything we do,” she said.

“Our inspection report was fabulous and a testament to all the hard work of all the school staff. We work closely as a team and there is a great focus on children’s learning.”

Estyn inspectors said children at St Philip Evans, which has 353 pupils on roll, were bucking the national trend and excelling in literacy.

They said pupils make “rapid progress” in reading and develop a genuine love of books – something many schools find difficult to replicate.

Miss Power said: “We’ve got high expectations of our pupils and the children rise to meet those expectation. We’ve always worked hard in literacy and numeracy.

“We aim to create a love of books and writing. Children can borrow books and some pupils take two or three home an evening.”

Children at St Philip Evans are given regular homework with accompanying “hints” for parents on how they can help them learn.

The school also sends out weekly newsletters, including an article from each class on what they have been working on, to keep parents properly informed.

Miss Power said early intervention and catch-up programmes ensure all pupils are engaged and efforts to create a “stimulating learning environment” had paid dividends.

“Children take ownership of the school and the pupil voice is very strong,” she said.

“Our teaching staff are very enthusiastic and we put a lot of emphasis into training. We engage parents in many ways and employ an ‘open door’ policy so they can come up any time they like.”

Inspectors, who visited the school in January, said teachers’ enthusiasm is “infectious” and they manage their classes exceptionally well.

“Lessons are well organised. All staff are closely involved in the planning process and everyone knows their particular area of responsibility in delivering high quality lessons. This culture of collaboration is well embedded,” they added.

In their evaluations, inspectors rate on a four-point scale of excellent, good, adequate or unsatisfactory for three key questions. St Philip Evans was rated excellent in all.

 

Check Also

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Castle Street in Cardiff

A pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle on a busy Cardiff street. South Wales …