Tonypandy Community College is out of special measures following a glowing report by education inspectorate Estyn.

The College has been taken out of special measures following after two years after concerns were raised about its standards.

The inspectors stated that all six key recommended areas of development had witnessed “strong progress” and therefore the College was no longer regarded as being in special measures.

Praising the decision, Headteacher Kirsty Retallick said: “We are absolutely delighted with the news that Tonypandy Community College is no longer in special measures and look forward to a bright future as a successful and thriving school.

“This has been a long and challenging period but due to the total dedication and determination and hard work of staff, governors and students we have been recognised for the major progress which has taken place here and the significant impact this had on student achievement.

“The report identified those key areas that required development and we implemented many positive changes which have greatly increased standards across all area of the school.

“Our expectations are high and we are committed to ensuring every student expects more of themselves and as a staff we deliver a provision of the highest standard.

“We pride ourselves in providing the very best education and learning environment for our students and can now move forward with renewed confidence and determination to succeed.”

Tonypandy Community College went into special measures in March 2015 following an inspection during the previous November when Estyn saw the need for development in six key areas

Strong progress has since been recognised in all six areas of Raising Standards Key Stage 3 & 4 Teaching & Learning, Improving Behaviour, Improving Quality of Teaching & Assessment, Improved Development of Literacy & Numeracy, Quality of Leadership & Accountability and Improved Focus of Self Evaluation and Planning.

Chair of Governors Eddie Griffiths said: “The College has seen a total transformation since the initial Estyn report was published and I have nothing but praise and admiration for the sheer determination of all involved.

“The College is currently going through a huge period of change and this news has helped place it on strong foundations for the future.”

Mrs Retallick, who was appointed Headteacher earlier this summer will oversee the creation of a new 3-16 school which will open on the Tonypandy site in 2018 and this news provides an excellent foundation for this.

To ensure a smooth transition period her colleague Nathan Prygodzicz will become Acting Headteacher of the College in January 2017 until the new site is completed and will ensure the college continues to thrive.

Plans to build the new facility on the College campus are being delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council as part of their improved performance in Education provision and the requirements of the Welsh Assembly Government’s latest National Policy Qualified for Life.

The project is financed by the 21st Century Schools Programme, a collaboration of Welsh Assembly and local authorities in Wales to create the right schools in the right places.