Pupils at Ogmore Vale Primary School are celebrating after learning that the school has been moved out of special measures – just in time for Christmas.

Inspectors from Estyn have confirmed they are satisfied that the school has made sufficient progress on a series of recommendations.

These ranged from raising standards of reading and spelling, analysing the progress of specific pupil groups and improving the quality of teaching and assessment at the school to improving its strategic planning capabilities, monitoring overall work more vigorously so that improvements can be planned, and increasing opportunities for pupils to contribute towards the school community.

The 300-pupil school was placed under Estyn monitoring in October 2017 after an inspection identified a range of issues in need of improvement.

An action plan was developed and implemented, but after determining that there had been insufficient progress following a second visit in April 2019, the school was placed into special measures.

Following intensive support from Bridgend County Borough Council and the Central South Consortium, Estyn has now confirmed that the action plan has made strong progress, and that a broad base is now in place upon which the school can make further improvements.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “This is excellent news for the school and an early Christmas present for all of the hard work and determination which has delivered widespread improvements.

“Well done to everyone who has helped to deliver this successful result.”