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Learning community surrounding Carrick Academy

 10 March 2015  |  

Learners of all ages are benefiting from the learning community surrounding Carrick Academy according to a recent Education Scotland inspection report published today (10 March).

The Community learning and development (CLD) partnership provides a wide range of learning opportunities for people of all ages in the learning community surrounding Carrick Academy.

The Education Scotland inspectors said that these were consistently very high quality learning opportunities which was sector leading.

The comprehensive inspection earlier this year involved inspectors talking to children, young people and adults and working closely with CLD managers, providers, partners, paid staff and volunteers.

The inspection of learning and development in the learning community surrounding Carrick Academy found the following key strengths:

  • Very high quality learning opportunities improving lives and wellbeing
  • Strong levels of participation and achievement across learning opportunities
  • Highly effective community organisations meeting needs and strengthening community cohesion.
  • Strong partnerships responding very well to identified local needs.

During their inspection Education Scotland inspectors evaluated four important quality indicators, for Carrick Academy's learning community:  

Improvements in performance − Very good

Impact on participants − Excellent

Impact on the local community − Very good

Improving services – Very good

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This is an outstanding report and I congratulate everyone in the Carrick Academy area who is involved in learning projects. This great result has been achieved by the hard work and determination of everyone working in partnership to improve the lives of people of all ages in the Carrick area." 

"Community learning and development really does provide learning opportunities which meet the needs of the community, from children and young people at risk to address their social, emotional and learning needs to those who have existing skills and want to improve them. More importantly, it's delivering life-changing outcomes that really are making a difference. That's a fantastic achievement."

For more information about the work of the CLD in Carrick contact and if you would like to view the full report go to


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