Penboyr School
Ysgol Penboyr

ICT Mark 2010

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y cwricwlwm. 

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Our Photos from the ICT Mark 

In order to provide a DVD of our ICT Mark, Year 6 took it in turns to film and take pictures by shadowing the Assessor when he visited each classroom. Here are a few of their photos. 

The film of their work is available at school. 

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The children of year 6 film Mrs James greeting the ICT Assessor, Mr Henderson.     

Two pupils from Year 6 had great fun asking Mrs James the question 'What is the ICT Mark'. This was to be used in our DVD but several tries at filming were needed before the final clip could be done!!!  

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The children ask the same question to the Assessor while a pupil from Year 6 films them.      Year 6 started filming in Class 1. Here the children of the Meithrin are working on an online programme called 'JIT'.
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 Class 1 creating a picture on 'JIT'.       Year 1 listening to stories using earphones.
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 Year 2 using the 'Beebot'.       The Assessor looks on as Year 2 use the 'Beebot' 
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 Year 2 using the 'Beebot'.       Year 2 using the 'Beebot'. 
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Year 2 are being filmed using the 'Beebots'.      Year 3 using the 'Probot'. 
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 Year 3 being filmed using the online programme 'j2e.       Year 3 using 'j2e'. 
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'Smile' you are being filmed!!!      Year 3 using the whiteboard. 
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Year 3 using the microphone to take it in turns to interview and record the other children.      Year 3 listen to their recordings.
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Year 5 and 6 programme the 'Probot'      Our Assessor, Mr Henderson, Mrs James and Mrs Williams watch the children using the 'Probot'. 
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Mr Henderson asks the children about using the 'Probot'.      Year 5 using an online programme called ' Myths and Legends' to create a story. 
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Year 5 being filmed using calculators.     Year 5 using calculators.
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Year 5 using the whiteboard.     Year 6 being filmed in the computer suite using the programme 'Activstudio' to create simple drag and drop games for the infants to use on the whiteboard.
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Year 6 using 'Activstudio' to create simple drag and drop games for the infants to use on the whiteboard.      The Assessor is interested in what Year 6 are creating in 'Activstudio'. 
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Mr Henderson talking to Mrs James (Headteacher), Mrs Davies and Mrs Brice.      Mr Henderson talking to three members of staff. 
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 Mr Henderson talking to three LSA's.     The Governors talking to Mr Henderson.
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The Governors and parents talking to Mr Henderson.      Mrs James thanking Mr Henderson 


Mrs James and all the staff wish to thank the pupils of Year 6 for filming and talking these photos during the day. Mrs James would also like to thank Mr Henderson for his support while the children took these photos.

Marc ICT 2010 - Assessors Report

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Name of school:

Ysgol Wirfoddol Penboyr


SA17 4TR

Name of head teacher:

Dr.  Carol James

Name of assessor:

Mr Bernard Henderson

Date of assessment:

18th October 2010

Focus Elements:

1. Leadership & Management

5. Professional Development

8. Impact on Pupil Outcomes

Outline agenda of visit:


09:15 Introduction to the context of the school by Headteacher and ICT Team 

09:30 Tour of school with opportunities to ‘Listen ToLearners’          

10:15   Review of evidence for the focus elements  -Dr. Carol James  

(Headteacher), Mrs Samantha   Davies (ICT Co-ordinator) & Mrs Orion Brice (ICT Support)   

          1. Leadership & Management

          5. Professional Development

          8. Impact on Pupil Outcomes

11:00 Meeting with selected teaching staff

11:45 Meeting with associate staff

12:15 Meeting with governors and parents

12:30 Consideration of recommendation for award

12:45 Feedback to Headteacher and ICT Team 


I recommend Ysgol Wirfoddol Penboyr for the ICT Mark Award.

The school's vision is clearly expressed and focuses on ICTas an integral tool that embraces learning within and beyond the school, as well as bringing the whole world into school. The vision is posted on the school website and is shared by pupils, staff, governors and the community.

Since the headteacher arrived three years ago, the school has shown significant improvements in the use of ICT to support teaching and learning. The Headteacher and ICT Team have worked well together to develop the use of ICT and improve the knowledge and skills of all staff. The leadership team liaise with local authority staff, independent consultants and national bodies, such as NGFL Cymru, to remain updated with ICT developments – particularly, and most importantly, through the medium of Welsh.

Continuing professional development of all staff is given high priority and this has led to a confident and well motivated workforce. The training has been wide ranging and effective.  The school works very well with its local cluster partners and shares expertise whenever possible. Teachers and associate staff speak confidently about their use of ICT and, where appropriate, it has appeared in performance management targets.   Despite the ICT co-ordinator’s planned maternity leave in the near future, the abilities of the staff will ensure the school is in a good position to continue to make progress.

The governing body are involved in all decisions relating to ICT developments and are determined to maintain a good level of resourcing for ICT within the school.   They are kept informed through regular reports and are convinced of the value of ICT to support pupils. An ICT link governor has been a valuable source of expertise and manpower at crucial times.

Parents, pupils and staff subscribe to the school’s ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ and pupils understand the need to stay safe online and follow the guidance offered by the school.  E Safety issues are highlighted in lessons and the school receives support from the community police officer. To reach more parents with esafety messages, the school has used popular events showcasing work of pupils to attract parents into school and included esafety presentations within the evening.  They have also invited the local police officers to participate and reinforce these messages with families.

Teachers and associate staff have received appropriate e-safety training and are aware of its importance. They are aware of the need for constant review of safety issues as circumstances change. The children spoke enthusiastically of their use of the Internet in school and at home. They had been told of the dangers when online and they were aware of simple rules to follow to stay safe.

The ICT Subject leader is aware of the need to support those families with inadequate access to ICT at home.  Staff give priority to these pupils, inside and outside school hours, to help minimise any disadvantage. 

2)    Provision of ICT; quality and range

The school has a very good range of equipment including Interactive Whiteboards, laptops, desktop PCs and Apple Computers.  Pupils also have access to the school’s ICT Suite and a variety of resources including a printer with the facility to print directly on DVD/CDs, a HD digital camera, general digital cameras, HD camcorder, robotic toys and listening devices. Pupils have access to a range of appropriate software tools, including those to support pupils with additional learning needs, and are increasingly exploiting online tools and resources. Expertise within the local community has enabled the school to successfully bid for grants and this has helped them to purchase significantly more resources than would otherwise be possible. 

Online resources and applications are very well liked by pupils and they are motivated to use them in school and at home.  J2E and JiT are particularly popular and have also created an impression on parents.  The use of the filestore area within the package has enabled pupils to store documents securely and access them from any location.

Staff have incorporated ICT into their SoW and are very receptive to new resources and approaches. NGfL Cymru staff regularly support the school and their Welsh Language resources are playing an increasingly important role in the school’s progress. These and other valuable resources are shared using the school server.  

The school has implemented a certificate process to assist with planning, evaluation, tracking, assessing and levelling of pupils’ progress. This provides an accreditation system where pupils participate in the assessment process and are rewarded for achievement.

Staff believe ICT has played a major role in helping pupils with special educational needs through the additional opportunities that it has brought into their classrooms.  In particular, they noted improvements in self-esteem and motivation of pupils as a consequence of the successes they were experiencing. 

The school positively promotes parental engagement. More recently, this has included the school website where pupils and parents can work collaboratively and use safe search engines for research work, online tools for creative work, as well as discussing e-safety issues. Esafety has a prominent position on the home page.

The school subscribes to the Local Authority SLA for technical and curriculum support.

3)    Demonstrating impact on learning and teaching

There has been a rapid culture change within the school, especially with regard to interactive whiteboards, and staff believe these have had a major impact on both teaching and learning. They believe pupils are better motivated and engaged when interacting with a range of software and web based material. Good practice is regularly shared during after-school meetings and on school closure days.

The recent investment in online tools has already begun to see rewards as pupils participate far more in activities within and, increasingly, beyond the school. The use of applications, such as J2E, JiT, Comic Life and Photostory3, has had a substantial impact on pupil learning.

Pupils have a very positive attitude towards ICT.  The pupils were able to speak enthusiastically and confidently about their learning experiences when using a variety of hardware and software.  They like to use the Interactive Whiteboards and enjoy the range of resources at their disposal. Pupils can make informed judgements on using appropriate software for carrying out specific tasks and are encouraged to be independent users of ICT from an early age.

The introduction of 3 Apple desktops to the school has added an exciting range of easy to use media applications which the pupils are beginning to exploit.  Throughout the visit, all the pupils were at ease with the technology. 

Further developments include a trial of a Learning Platform in the near future and greater use of online tools and resources.


 Areas of strength/outstanding practice within the context of the self-review framework:

  • Good strategic leadership with a shared vision for ICT.
  • Good operational leadership 
  • Good use of cluster working and collaboration
  • Strong links with the community


The future: Possible areas for development and further progression within the context of the self-review framework. These should not be considered as weaknesses, but constitute an important contribution to planning for the future.

  • School should continue to investigate the potential of a suitable learning platform.
  • The school should consider investing in a range of affordable peripherals to maximise impact in some areas e.g. small mice, talking pens, wireless keyboards and mice/presenters etc.
  • The school should explore the benefits of a text messaging service as prices fall. 

Assessor recommendation:           

Threshold reached


Marc ICT 2013 - Assessor's Report

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  ICT Mark renewal support visit report

Name of school:

Ysgol Gynradd Wirfoddol Penboyr


SA44 5XG

Name of head teacher:

Dr Carol James

Name of consultant:

Mr Huw Morris

Date of visit:

16th December 2013 pm

Date of expiry of ICT Mark:

July 2013


 In the opinion of the Licenced ICT Mark Consultant this school is at:- 

Level 1:

The school meets the ICT Mark threshold in all respects at the time of the support visit.


The school may apply for renewal without providing further evidence.


Ysgol Wirfoddol Penboyr has a clear and rather unique ICT vision. This is posted on the school website.

The website is hosted on Just2webby and has been constructed by using the array of Just2easy apps. These apps were in place when the school received the ICT Mark formal assessment in 2010.

Penboyr school have developed the website to be a full blown online learning zone for pupils, teachers, parents, governors and other stakeholders within the community and beyond. This website has been recognised nationally by the Just2easy company. At the time of this report (December 2013), the school has resources embedded within the J2e Christmas Activities section for all J2e users worldwide. This indicates the value of the Penboyr website where resources are shared across the UK and beyond.

The website itself is evidence of how the school has progressed over the last three years. There are videos of the school’s ICT Mark formal assessment housed on the website. This is a remarkable historic record of the school’s ICT history.  The videos may be found within the ‘Clipiau Fideo’ section under the ICT Mark 2010 heading.

The school has used the website to house projects and activities. There are numerous examples within the site to show the skill levels that the pupils are acquiring as well as the projects being undertaken. Pupils have been involved in posting blogs, creating games, puzzles and websites. The latter are extremely impressive. One of these mini-websites gained a national ‘Urdd’ award.

It should be stated that the website is constantly being updated by an ICT trainer who works closely with the head and coordinator. The trainer is invaluable to the school and provides regular guidance to staff and pupils. This has resulted in the Penboyr website being created for pupils by pupils which is a unique achievement. The website is gaining an excellent reputation and a beacon for other schools to follow. Some partner schools are moving towards creating similar websites. This shows that Penboyr has gained an influential reputation. It is significant that the school strongly feels that the Just2easy solution is far more dynamic than traditional websites created from static templates.

The school has clearly extended pupil learning opportunities via online subscriptions such as J2e and Sumdog. Substantial investments have been made in mobile technology and an internal wireless network. These purchases have resulted through careful strategic financial management and a sustainable ICT budget. The latest purchase has been a full blown weather station that is currently being installed. This will provide weather information throughout the whole day. It is hoped that this will be relayed directly on to the school website. This will be an excellent addition enabling the school to develop the ‘Find and Analyse’ strand further.

The school has completed the SRF accurately and has reached very high standards in all aspects within the six elements.

In conclusion Ysgol Penboyr has made substantial progress in all aspects of ICT. This has been done through the exceptional vision and strong leadership of the Headteacher. The Mark should certainly be awarded without the need for further visits. The school should seriously consider becoming a NAACE member and aiming for the 3rd Millennium Award.