14 December 2022
A team of senior education officers will work with a Powys secondary school following a disappointing Estyn inspection, the county council has confirmed.
Officers from Powys County Council, including school improvement officers, will support Brecon High School after it was placed in ‘special measures’ by Estyn following a recent inspection.
Cllr Pete Roberts, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “Today I share the disappointment that everyone associated with the school is experiencing.
“The school’s senior leadership team know the steps that need to be taken to secure the necessary improvements and they have already started work to make that happen.
“The Estyn recommendations are clear on what the school needs to focus on and the council is already working closely with the school to identify the additional support package required in order to address the issues highlighted in this visit.”
The report and recommendations, which have been accepted by the school’s governing body and senior leadership team, will form the basis of a detailed action plan to address key areas requiring improvement.
Officers will work with the school and its governing body to identify reasons for the inspection outcome and work together to deliver significant and rapid improvement. Staff, pupils and parents will be fully supported during the improvement journey.
Rhiannon Evans, Chair of Governors at Brecon High School, said: “As Governors we are obviously very disappointed that Brecon High School has been moved into special measures.
“We appreciate there is still work to do to improve standards within the school, but there were many positives within the report which show we are moving in the right direction.
“We have full confidence in our staff and their ability to continue the positive progress the school has been making since the end of Covid restrictions.
“We would like to reassure parents we are wholly committed to improving standards and ensuring pupils have the best education possible whilst at Brecon High School.”
To view the inspection report visit www.estyn.gov.wales