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Welsh Government education chief hails Wrexham school’s achievements

Published date: 17 March 2017 |
Published by: Geraint Jones 
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A special school has been praised by a Welsh Government cabinet member.

Education secretary Kirsty Williams hailed staff and pupils during a visit to St Christopher’s School in Wrexham yesterday.

“St Christopher’s inclusive approach to education is to be welcomed and I’ve been impressed by how they support all learners to gain the qualifications they need for their next stage of learning,” she said.

“Others have much to learn from your approach.”

St Christopher’s is a maintained special school for pupils aged between six-19 with a range of special educational needs, and was awarded ‘Excellent’ in its 2014 Estyn inspection.

In December the school was awarded Welsh Government funding through the Arts Council to allow pupils to access artistic events that would normally be restricted due to the financial costs.

Facilities include a hair and beauty salon, logging business, market garden, shops, science laboratories, an art room, technology rooms, a sports hall, an all-weather pitch and running areas.

St Christopher’s and headteacher Maxine Pittaway have won various awards, including TES (Times Educational Supplement) Award for Outstanding Special Needs School of the Year in June 2010, as well as gaining full International School Status from the British Council in September 2010 and again in 2015.

The Welsh Government recently announced £20 million of planned investment to support learners with additional learning needs.

Miss Williams added: “Within the education system we want to improve the aspirations of those who need extra support.

”Our Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Bill, will, if passed, completely overhaul the system for supporting pupils with additional learning needs.”

Headteacher Maxine Pittaway said: “St Christopher’s is very proud of its many achievements especially its work with Pioneer Schools and the ALN Reform. Mrs Williams is interested to see the school and to observe first hand the work that the school has been involved in in preparation for the exciting new curriculum that the Donaldson report has recommended.”

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