Positive inspection report
An inspection report on Prestwick Academy by Education Scotland, has found senior leaders, attainment and partnership working to be real strengths in the school.
In addition the number of young people leaving the school to go on to a positive destination was praised. The inspection was a short model inspection, with two quality indicators evaluated and they found learning, teaching and attainment to be good.
The inspectors came to their conclusions after visiting the school, which included discussions with parents/carers, young people and staff.
The inspection team found the following strengths at the school:
-Senior leaders demonstrate high expectations of young people's attainment and achievements. Teachers are making effective use of assessment information to ensure young people make appropriate progress in their learning
-An increasing percentage of young people in S4 are attaining National 5 qualifications. Young people are able to access more courses which support their differing needs and interests. This is enabling them to follow a wider range of learning pathways
-Effective partnership working is supporting improvements in young people's motivation, achievement and readiness for work. Almost all young people go on to a positive destination on leaving school.
The following areas for improvement were identified:
-Continue to develop consistent, high-quality learning and teaching across the school
-Continue with the work to improve further the percentage of young people in S5 and S6 attaining the highest possible grades in their qualifications.
Councillor William Grant, Children and Young People Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "I am delighted that attainment at the school continues to improve. Prestwick Academy excels when it comes to preparing young people for life beyond the classroom and thanks to strong partnership working, the vast majority of pupils go on to further education, training or work."
"Mark Anderson, Head Teacher said: "We have dedicated staff who work closely with our young people, to help them achieve their ambitions. We continue to build on our exam results, but we also recognise the importance of vocational training and practical experience. I would like to commend our young people for all their hard work and thank staff and the wider community for their support."
A copy of the report is available on the Education Scotland website https://education.gov.scot/education-scotland/inspection-reports/reports-page/?id=4114