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Aims of the School

  • to enable each child to develop as a happy, cheerful and well-balanced individual and to enjoy all aspects of school life
  • to develop moral and spiritual awareness
  • to encourage each child to be cooperative and tolerant, respecting and appreciating the feelings, views and the property of others
  • to promote high standards of behaviour
  • to develop in children positive attitudes towards work
  • to equip each child with the necessary skills of literacy and numeracy
  • to develop self-expression and creative abilities
  • to develop physical awareness and skills
  • to ensure that all children work to their full potential
  • to prepare children for life and work in the secondary school and in later adult life

 

Aspirations for Learners

Our aspirations are that all learners will:
  • work happily in a child friendly classroom that nurtures learning
  • learn in a holistic manner
  • be given opportunities to take part in meaningful learning experiences
  • learn from experiences both in and outside of the classroom
  • participate in experiences that suit individual needs (academic, emotional, social and cultural)
  • develop the skills to learn new things for themselves
  • value the contribution from others in the class, school, local, national and global communities
  • have their achievements valued and celebrated
  • have their achievements assessed in a way that is of value to the child's progress

 

The School Curriculum

We aim to provide a curriculum which is:
  • Coherent - concerned with the education of the whole child
  • Broad - to bring pupils into contact with a wide range of learning experiences
  • Balanced - so that each learning experience is given appropriate attention in relation to the others and to the curriculum as a whole
  • Relevant - to ensure that what is taught is worth learning and is seen by pupils, parents and teachers to meet present and future needs
  • Differentiated - to allow for differences in the abilities and aptitudes of children

 

Estyn Inspection - September 2009

These are some of the comments the inspectors made about us:
  • Ysgol Derwen is a good school with many strengths
  • There are outstanding features in the way learners' basic and key skills are developed and in the way learning experiences are broadened and enriched by effective partnerships
  • The school is well-led and pupils benefit from the staff's dedication and commitment
  • Throughout the school, staff and pupils have good working relationships. This creates a positive and encouraging approach to learning
  • Pupils' behaviour is outstanding. They make good progress and achieve well
  • Good progress has been made since the last inspection