YSGOL y Frenni has been ranked as ‘good’ in all areas following its recent Estyn inspection.

Inspectors praised the ‘caring and happy’ environment and ‘strong sense of community’ at the 166-pupil school at Crymych, where around 52 per cent of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes.

The school was inspected back in October and rated as good across all five key areas: standards; wellbeing and attitudes to learning; teaching and learning experiences; care, support and guidance and leadership and management.

The school was last inspected in March 2012.

The Estyn report said: “The robust vision of the headteacher and leaders sets a clear strategic direction for developing the school. They have purposeful expectations for the school.

“The quality of teaching is usually good and derives from a successful working relationship between pupils, teachers and learning assistants. As a result, many pupils make good progress from their starting points.

“The pupil voice and pupils’ rights are at the heart of school life, and standards of wellbeing are very sound. Most pupils behave well and are very eager to learn.

“One of the school’s strengths is the pupils’ courtesy and respect towards their peers and adults. There is a very caring and happy environment at the school. Parents, pupils, staff and governors contribute to the strong sense of community that exists within the school.”

Main recommendations for the future include increasing the use of the Welsh language by key stage 2 pupils in informal situations, developing opportunities for pupils to apply their numeracy skills more consistently in other areas of the curriculum in key stage 2 and to ensure that teaching in all classes challenges pupils of all abilities regularly, particularly those who are more able.