A Newport primary where “behaviour across the board is very good” has been ranked the highest possible excellent in all areas by inspectors.

Describing Glasllwch Community Primary as “a highly effective learning organisation” they said nearly all pupils make very strong progress.

“The respect and courtesy that pupils show to each other, adults and visitors is a very strong feature of the school,” the Estyn report notes.

The school, which has 238 pupils aged three to 11 years, has nine single-age classes.

England cricket internationals Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway at the launch of Kwik Cricket at Glasllwch Primary School in 2014

As well as doing well academically nearly all pupils “display exceptionally high levels of wellbeing” and  develop as ambitious, confident and independent learners, the document goes on.

“Across the school, pupils’ behaviour is very good,” the document highlights.

Teachers provide a stimulating and rich practical curriculum for pupils and the quality of teaching is consistently high, the inspectors said.

“A culture of improvement permeates the school, and continuous review and planning for improvement are at the heart of its ethos.”

The headteacher has developed “a very supportive and hardworking team of staff who show exceptional commitment to the school and its pupils”.

A very few pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and learn English as an additional language and the majority language at the school is English. No pupils speak Welsh at home. 

Only 3% of pupils are eligible for free school meals which is far lower than the Wales average of 18%. The school identifies only around 14% of pupils as having special educational needs, which is also lower than the national average of 21%.

The youngest children at the school are confident and “nearly all pupils in the foundation phase express their ideas and opinions enthusiastically and respond to questions confidently”, inspectors said.

Nearly all pupils make very good progress in developing their numeracy skills and apply them “exceptionally well” to solve problems.

Nearly all pupils also display a positive attitude towards eating and drinking healthily and have a good awareness of the effect this has on the body, inspectors added.

The school was ranked excellent across all areas inspected; standards, wellbeing and attitudes to learning, teaching and learning experiences, care, support and guidance and leadership and management.

Estyn made just one recommendation that the school should strengthen opportunities for pupils to practise and enhance their Welsh language skills across the curriculum. The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendation.

Estyn said it will also ask the school to prepare case studies on its work to share on the Estyn website. The school and Newport Council were approached for comment.