Diocesan press releases

Good News for Charles Williams School

Charles Williams gets an early Christmas present from School Inspectors – School rated ‘Good’ across the board.

Estyn, the Welsh School Inspectorate, has published its report on their October inspection of Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary school in Caerleon. Assessing the school as being good across the board with equally good development potential.  This means there is no significant areas for development but many strengths were identified.

Formed following an amalgamation of the Caerleon Infant and Junior Endowed Schools in April 2014, Charles Williams is now one of the largest Church in Wales primary schools in Wales with 541 pupils on roll at the time of the inspection. It is one of only two Church in Wales schools in Newport City and the only one which is voluntary aided.

Jared Nolan, Headteacher since amalgamation paid tribute to staff, pupils and parents. “We are really delighted with Estyn’s very positive inspection; the school has come a very long way in the 18 months we have been operating. I am so very proud of our staff and children – they and our hugely supportive parents have made this achievement possible. Christmas has come early for the Charles Williams community.”

The Chair of Governors and Vicar of Caerleon, Revd Philip Cochrane, expressed his delight. “It is a real privilege to be associated with such a fantastic school community.  I want to pay tribute to all who have contributed to the success of the amalgamation of the schools.  It also says something about the leadership team that the areas for development identified in the Inspectors’ Report had already been identified and are in our school development plan.” He continued, “The Estyn inspectors’ grade is a proper reflection on all the hard work done by so many.  I also want to thank them”

You can read the full report here