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‘Exceptionally high levels of wellbeing’ noted in positive Estyn report for Ysgol Llwyn Yr Eos

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PUPILS, staff and parents of Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos are delighted with the findings of the ESTYN inspection on the school, which was published on April 8.

‘Wellbeing and attitudes to learning’ and ‘Care, support and guidance’ were found to be Excellent at the school whilst ‘Standards’, ‘Teaching and Learning Experiences’ and ‘Leadership and management’ were all Good.

Estyn inspectors found the school to be a ‘safe, exceptionally caring and highly inclusive environment for all pupils.’

Lesson observations and work scrutiny carried out during the inspection confirmed ‘Most pupils including those with additional learning needs make good, and often very good progress from their differing starting points as they move through the school.’

Inspectors reported that ‘Nearly all pupils display exceptionally high levels of wellbeing’ and that ‘Working relationships between pupils and staff are warm and trusting’. Their findings confirmed that ‘Most pupils are confident learners with high levels of self-esteem. They enjoy school and show very positive attitudes to their learning,’ and that a ‘successful blend of teaching strategies has an extremely positive effect on pupils’ achievement and wellbeing.’

Head Teacher Brian Evans praised the pupils, staff, parents and guardians at the school. He said, “This inspection is a confirmation of the excellent work that takes place at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos on a daily basis. It confirms the ongoing commitment and dedication shown by all members of our school community – we are all very proud of this report.”

Judgements on the other stakeholders at the school found that ‘All staff show a strong commitment to promoting continuous and sustainable improvements’ and that Senior Management ‘engages successfully with all staff to create a whole school ethos that places pupils’ wellbeing at the centre of its work.’ The governors at the school were also praised for being ‘very supportive of the school and well-informed about its performance’.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning. She said, “It’s commendable to read the findings of the Estyn report. On behalf of Ceredigion County Council, I’d like to give praise to all the pupils, staff, parents and governors at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos for these noted achievements. Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos’ inclusivity ensures that children’s educational and pastoral needs across Ceredigion are being met.”

All Estyn reports can be viewed on the Estyn website.

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched

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INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.

Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds.  Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales.  We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.

 Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”

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Cardigan man accused of murder in court

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John Williams Bell was found murdered in Cardigan

A CARDIGAN man who is accused of stabbing a man to death has appeared in court today (Jul 28).

Ashley Keegan, 22, of Golwyg y Castell, Cardigan, appeared before court via video link where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Swansea crown court heard how Keegan is accused of stabbing 37-year-old John Williams Bell seven times in the back.

Mr Bell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday Morning, July 21, on the road to Cardigan Bridge.

The court set a provisional trial date for January 3, 2022.

Keegan will remain remanded into custody until the trial.

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Suspected drink driver tracked for two miles by police dog

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A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.

Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, July 25.

Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.

PC Barnsley said: “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car, so a search was immediately launched to find them.

“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.

“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”

PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Sergeant David Hawksworth said: “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”

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