We describe how young people benefit from learning there. We explain how well they are doing and how good the school is at helping them to learn. Then we look at the ways in which the school does this. We describe how well the school works with other groups in the community, including parents1 and services which support young people. We also comment on how well staff and young people work together and how they go about improving the school. Our report describes the ‘ethos’ of the school. By ‘ethos’ we mean the relationships in the school, how well young people are cared for and treated and how much is expected of them in all aspects of school life. Finally, we comment on the school’s aims. In particular, we focus on how well the aims help staff to deliver high quality learning, and the impact of leadership on the school’s success in achieving these aims. If you would like to learn more about our inspection of the school, please visit www.hmie.gov.uk. Here you can find analyses of questionnaire returns and details about young people’s examination performance. Where applicable, you will also be able to find descriptions of good practice in the school and a report on the learning community surrounding the school.
Learning and achievement Young people at all stages benefit from the wide variety of opportunities to extend their learning and achievements. As part of school activities days, they are developing confidence, independence and skills in working with others. Across the school young people willingly share their views and ideas and learn from each other. In almost all lessons, they are increasing their abilities to think critically 3 and creatively. Young people understand how to stay healthy. Most feel safe and well cared for, and believe that they are treated fairly and with respect. The wide-ranging programme of clubs enables many young people at all stages to learn more about themselves and to develop new skills and interests.
A notable number are becoming better at coping with unfamiliar situations, for example, through residential excursions. Most young people in S6 are developing their leadership skills and contribute well to the school community. The school is planning further work to increase the motivation, confidence and resilience of young people in the senior school. For example, it has given them study mentors to offer support and help them to achieve as well as they can. Most young people in S1/S2 are making progress from their prior learning, although there is scope to improve how effectively the school tracks their progress from P7 to S2. Read More...
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