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Education 'improvements' in Pembrokeshire & Anglesey

Education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have come out of special measures, after follow-up inspections by the education watchdog Estyn found they had made improvements in how they run their schools.

Pembrokeshire Council has been criticised over its safeguarding of children, but Estyn judged it to have made 'excellent progress' in that area, part of 'sufficient progress' generally.

It said: "'Since October 2012 the authority has made excellent progress to transform arrangements for safeguarding in all its education services and schools."

Council leader James Adams welcomed the news as a significant milestone for the authority.

There are four remaining local education authorities in special measures. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire

On Anglesey, the watchdog says, since an inspection in May 2012, "significant change and improvement have taken place over a comparatively short period, within the schools service and corporately."

Estyn has also released a report on the local education authority in Powys today, which was not in special measures but had been labelled as 'in need of significant improvement'.

After follow-up monitoring, it has been judged to have made 'sufficient progress', through significant changes, a collaboration with Ceredigion, and improved transparency.

There are now four remaining local education authorities in special measures: Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

The status is used by Estyn when it considers schools fail to supply an acceptable level of education, and appear to lack the ability to approve.


Two divers missing off Anglesey coast

The divers were reported missing at around 11.30am

A search is underway off the Anglesey coast after two divers were reported missing.

The men were part of a diving party off South Stack, Holyhead. The coastguard was called at around 11.30am.

An RAF helicopter and lifeboats from Holyhead and Trearddur Bay are all part of the search covering 27 square miles.

Duchess of Cambridge admits worry whilst William served in Anglesey

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken publicly for the first time about how she felt on edge when Prince William was a pilot based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.

"I loved my time in Anglesey when William was serving with RAF Search and Rescue. I cannot pretend that I didn't feel anxious at times when William was on shift in howling gales, knowing that he was out flying in extremely challenging conditions, but he loved doing it and I always felt incredibly proud of him. I also knew that I was not alone and that there were many supportive Search and Rescue wives on Anglesey and at other bases across the country."

– Duchess of Cambridge

Her comments are part of a foreword to a book by three former RAF wives about what it's like to be a serving pilot's other half.

Man 'very lucky' to escape serious injury in Snowdonia fall

The man fell 50ft down the summit of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mountain rescuers in Snowdonia say a walker was 'very lucky' to escape serious injury after falling 50ft on the 3,000ft peak of Tryfan.

The man in his 30s was descending the mountain when he fell down a steep slope and ended up unconscious in a stream, where he later came round.

18 members of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team and an RAF helicopter from Anglesey were called out to assist.

The man was winched off the peak and flown to hospital in Bangor with head and possible back injuries.


Appeal for missing Anglesey man Richard Jones

North Wales Police are appealing for information in the search for a man from Anglesey who hasn't been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Jones has not been seen since March 25 Credit: North Wales Police

A red VW Golf car belonging to Richard Jones, from Bodedern, was found at the car park at Benllech beach at 10.57pm last night.

He was wearing navy trainers and a white long-sleeved top.

Gwynedd and Anglesey 'have some of the most peaceful neighbourhoods in the UK'

The Menai Bridge connects Anglesey with mainland Wales Credit: PA

Gwynedd and Anglesey appear to have amongst the most peaceful neighbourhoods in the UK, according to research by Churchill Home Insurance.

Both had a low number of statutory nuisance complaints per person, between January and September last year.

Number of statutory nuisance complaints received (Number of statutory nuisance complaints per 1,000 residents).

Isles of Scilly - 0 (0)

Gwynedd - 69 (0.6)

Worcestershire - 334 (0.6)

Nottinghamshire - 750 (1)

Glasgow - 644 (1.1)

Peterborough - 217 (1.2)

Liverpool - 557 (12)

Sunderland - 378 (1.4)

Anglesey - 104 (1.5)

Amber Valley - 210 (1.7)

Ann Hughes banned from working as headteacher

The former head of an Anglesey primary school found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a hearing has been baned from working as a headteacher in Wales.

The General Teaching Council for Wales tribunal ruled that Ann Hughes would be allowed to work in other management roles.

Ann Hughes was headteacher at Ysgol Goronwy Owen for 17 years.
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