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Glowing report for a school with one loo!

Byline: By MOIRA SHARKEY South Wales Echo

A school which holds PE lessons in a corridor, only has one toilet for staff and has to share its playground, is one of the most successful in Wales.

Ysgol Gymraeg Treganna in Cardiff has received a glowing inspection report with top marks for learning, teaching and pupil support.

But while inspectors were highly impressed with pupils' academic record, the lack of space at the school in Canton did not go unnoticed.

They found the hall was no more than a narrow corridor which is not big enough for PE lessons, the dining area is too small, the staff room is used for lessons regularly, staff have only one toilet and the playtime has to be staggered as the playground is shared.

The school in Radnor Road, which has 170 pupils, had been earmarked for expansion in the city's failed school reorganisation plan.

Under the proposals, the school would have taken over the site it shares with Radnor Primary.

Like many other schools in need of repairs or extra space, staff and pupils are now playing a waiting game.

The first meeting of a special sub-committee with members from four of the city's political groups, teachers, union officials and parents is to take place in September, to consider a way forward.

Described as a good school with many outstanding features, the inspectors noted pupils' standards of achievement are well above the national average and awarded top marks for learning, teaching, training and pastoral care.

The team found that pupils' behaviour was 'exemplary' and the quality of life within the school was deemed to be 'outstanding'.

Inspectors concluded: 'Treganna is a good school with many outstanding features.

'High-quality teaching enables pupils to achieve very well.

'The school's evaluation of its work is very thorough and leadership and management are outstanding features.

'The wide range of learning experiences made available to pupils, the quality of provision for those with additional learning needs, and the care, support and guidance provided by the school are also good with outstanding features.'

In a statement, the governing body said: '(We) would like to congratulate the staff and pupils of Treganna and extend their thanks to the inspection team for the quality of this report.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 11, 2006
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