A GWAUN Cae Gurwen primary school has been praised by an education watchdog.

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gwaun Cae Gurwen was inspected in November by Estyn.

The report from inspection was published on Thursday, and the school received praise for their accomplishments.

The Welsh primary school was rated 'Good' in all inspection areas, including standards, wellbeing, the teaching and learning experiences, its care, support and guidance for pupils, and its leadership and management team.

Praising the school, the report said: "The school is a welcoming community with a Welsh atmosphere and ethos.

"Most pupils have positive attitudes to learning and treat others with mature respect.

"Overall, teaching succeeds in providing valuable experiences for pupils, and the outdoor area is used very effectively to reinforce learning activities.

"The headteacher provides the school with effective leadership and ensures a clear strategic direction, in addition to a homely and inclusive community for pupils."

The report gave particular praise to the behaviour and attitudes of pupils at the school.

It said: "Nearly all pupils have a positive attitude towards their school.

"They feel safe there and know whom to approach if they are worried or upset.

"they greet each other, staff and visitors in a very friendly, natural and personable manner.

"Most pupils behave well. They are very caring towards each other and treat others with respect during lessons and break times.

"The contribution of the pupil's voice is prominent in several aspects of the school's life and work."

Speaking following the publication of the report, in which he was also praised for his leadership, Mr Martin Evans, headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwaun Cae Gurwen, said: "I wish to thank all pupils, staff, governors and parents who are involved with Ysgol Gwaun Cae Gurwen’s success.

"This is a result through effective working with all stakeholders and ensuring that all pupils receive the best possible experiences in a welcoming community with a Welsh atmosphere and ethos.

"With effective leadership, the school has a clear strategic direction which has ensured that all pupils are provided with a range of rich learning experiences in a happy and supportive environment.”

Mrs Glenys Protheroe, chair of Ysgol Gymraeg Gwaun Cae Gurwen's governing body, said: "It is a pleasure to work closely with a school which is a welcoming community with a Welsh atmosphere and ethos whose curriculum engage pupils’ interest skilfully with an effective emphasis on developing skills across all areas of learning.

“As a Governing Body we are very aware of the good working relationship between staff and pupils which has a positive effect on standards and wellbeing.

“There is effective leadership which ensures 'a strategic direction and clear vision that is based on ensuring that learners succeed by providing them with a range of rich learning experiences' which we, as a governing body, are aware of and can contribute to.

“On behalf of the Governors, I would like to congratulate the headteacher, staff, pupils, parents and members of the local community of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen on such an excellent report on the five areas highlighted in the recent inspection. Llongyfarchiadau."