Recognising excellence in education and training in Wales

It takes hard work, strong leadership, clear vision and relentless commitment to improvement to achieve an ‘excellent’ judgement in an inspection.

In 2016-2017, Estyn judged 34 non-maintained settings, schools and colleges as 'Excellent'.

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These providers achieved an overall inspection judgement of ‘excellent’ for either their current performance or their prospects for improvement.  Providers included in the pilot inspections for our new inspection framework achieved a judgement of ‘excellent’ for three or more inspection areas.

Non-maintained nurseries Gogerddan Childcare, Ceredigion Llandogo Early Years Monmouthshire  
Primary schools Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Ysgol Bodfeurig, Gwynedd Ysgol Gynradd Bontnewydd, Gwynedd
  Ysgol Gynradd Bynea, Carmarthenshire Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, Newport Ysgol Comins Coch, Ceredigion
  Ysgol Cynwyd Sant, Bridgend Hendredenny Park Primary School, Caerphilly Llanrhidian Primary School, Swansea
  Llansannor C.I.W. Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan Palmerston Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan Ysgol Gynradd Parcyrhun, Carmarthenshire
  Pembroke Dock CP School, Pembrokeshire Ysgol Pencae, Cardiff Ysgol Gynradd Saron, Carmarthenshire
  Ysgol Gynradd Talysarn, Gwynedd Ton Pentre Infants School, Rhondda Cynon Taf  
Secondary schools Ysgol Bryngwyn School, Carmarthenshire Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend Dŵr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath Port Talbot
  Fitzalan High School, Cardiff Ysgol Glan-Y-Mor School, Carmarthenshire Y Pant Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Independent schools Oakleigh House, Swansea Rougemont School, Newport United World College of the Atlantic Ltd, Vale of Glamorgan
Special schools Greenfield Special School, Merthyr Tydfil Heol Goffa School, Carmarthenshire Ysgol Pen Coch Special School, Flintshire
  Ysgol Ty Coch, Rhondda Cynon Taf    
Further education colleges Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Pembrokeshire College