who help us develop musically as well as sports leaders who help us gain news skills and keep fit.

“As a Church in Wales Primary School we gather together daily for collective worship and this was highlighted as a real strength of the school in our Gwella inspection.

“Our peace garden allows children some quiet time to reflect in the beautiful surroundings of our setting.”

“We are blessed with a vibrant community,” she said. “The school is at the heart of the village and we have many volunteers from our parent body as well as members of the local community who come in to support the children in ways such as listening to readers, accompanying trips, sharing their skill sets and experiences.

“We have a strong PTFA who work tirelessly to not only raise additional funds for the school but also to provide activities for the children that are fun such as film nights and parties at Christmas.

“We have two very talented netball coaches who give of their own time to train our oldest children each week.

“Last year the netball squad were finalists in the St Athan netball competition and went on tour to Kent having raised all the funds for the trip themselves.

“The sense of community is very strong in Gwenfo.

“We work with various community groups such as the Wenvoe wildlife group to learn about and look after our environment.

“Each year pupils sow wildflower seeds in the park that all villagers can enjoy.

“We also have strong links with Wenvoe Playgroup who work with our nursery to offer wrap around care for children attending both settings.”

She added: When you walk into the school you can feel what makes Gwenfo special. Children and staff are mutually respectful and children are not afraid of asking questions or offering their ideas.

“The corridor runs through the heart of the school and celebrates children’s creativity, often commented upon by visitors.

“Our golden rule is treat others as you wish to be treated.

“Visitors always comment upon the pupils and the welcome they receive from them.

“Our school family celebrates successes openly, we have an open-door policy and all parents are welcome whether it is to ask a question, become a volunteer, or share their skills to the children.

“All children feel valued and listened to at Gwenfo.”