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Inspectors recognise positive outcomes for Carrick pupils

 17 March 2015  |  


Inspectors recognise positive outcomes for Carrick pupils

Pupils at Carrick Academy in Maybole are learning well and achieving successfully.

That's the view of inspectors who published a report into the school today (17 March) that considered how well young people are learning and achieving and how well the school supports young people to do their best.

The report highlights a number of key strengths within the school. These include:

  • Improvements in young people's attainment from fourth to sixth year – in almost all key measures, Carrick's attainment levels are better than young people with similar needs and backgrounds in schools across Scotland.
  • Opportunities for personal achievement – young people's achievements are enriched and enhanced through a wide range of opportunities to achieve beyond the classroom, particularly in relation to the School of Rugby.
  • Partnership working to enhance the curriculum and support young people with additional barriers to their learning.

The report recognises that almost all young people are successful in moving on to employment, training or further learning once they leave school, ensuring they reach positive destinations.

It also praises the many out-of-hours opportunities for revision and study support provided by teachers and also highlights the positive response from pupils in taking responsibility for their own learning.

The main areas for improvement detailed in the report include involving young people and parents more in evaluating the work of the school, improved tracking of learners' progress from first to third year, and ensuring all staff take responsibility for meeting the needs of learners more effectively.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, said: "I'm very pleased the inspectors' report recognises the great work and teaching delivered to pupils at Carrick Academy as well as the outcomes this helps them achieve. We're very proud of our pupils and our schools, and all our schools constantly reflect on what they can do to further improve learning and teaching. Carrick Academy will certainly be doing everything it can to ensure it continues to provide the best possible pupil experience and the best outcomes for our young people."

Shona Stevens, Head Teacher of Carrick Academy, added: "I'm pleased the young people's personal achievements and attainment have been identified as key strengths of the school. This reflects the dedication and hard work of our young people in their studies and the commitment of our staff and parents to ensure our young people are supported to achieve their full potential. We have strong links with a number of external partners to support the extensive range of options available to our young people as they enter the senior phase and I'm pleased this has been recognised by Education Scotland. 

"In May, our young people in S5/6 will be the first cohort to be presented for the new National 6 (Higher) qualifications. Now that we have fully implemented Curriculum for Excellence, we will revisit our broad general education to ensure that the pace and challenge is appropriate so that our young people continue to have the best possible chance of achieving National Qualifications, which will prepare them for life beyond the school gates. This year, we implemented a rigorous tracking system in the senior phase and, as part of our continued school improvement agenda, this will also be implemented across S1 to S3."

The inspection report is available here.

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