Apr 8 2009 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
ST MODAN’S High School in Stirling has received an exemplary report from educational inspectors HMIe.
The school was inspected in January and has now been awarded two excellent grades in meeting learning needs and the curriculum.
It has also received three very good grades for improvement in performance, learners’ experiences and improvement through self-evaluation.
St Modan’s head teacher Frank Lennon said: “The HMIe report for the school is an exceptional one, with every aspect of the school’s work rated as ‘excellent’ as defined by HMIe as ‘sector leading’, outstanding or ‘very good’ as defined by HMIe as ‘major strengths’.
“The report also highlighted St Modan’s young people’s behaviour as exemplary and that they show care and concern for each other, of which I am extremely proud.”
Inspection procedures for Scottish schools have been revised and these new procedures were first introduced in August 2008.
All aspects of schools are inspected and reported upon. Inspectors grade the school using five key quality indicators.
The strengths of the school highlighted in the report included – The exceptionally positive ethos and sense of community; high levels of attainment and achievement; the unusually high degree of staff commitment and teamwork; the innovative approaches taken to meet the range of young people’s needs; and the lead given to the school by the head teacher.
Examples of good practice were said to be the ‘period seven’ extension to the curriculum to provide physical, creative and enterprise for all young people; the comprehensive approach to the personal and social development of young people; the quality of continuous professional development for all staff.
HMIe inspectors reported: “Young people are very highly motivated and enjoy school and react well when asked to learn independently and feel a sense of personal achievement and increased self-confidence.
“The school has a strong work ethic and sets very high standards for behaviour and respect for others.
“The curriculum has a very clear philosophy which reflects the school’s vision and values.
“Young people are developing in many ways the personal skills and attributes at the heart of the national campaign Curriculum for Excellence.”
Head teacher Mr Lennon and the senior management at St Modan’s were praised for providing the school with an exceptionally strong lead, setting the tone and gaining the loyalty and respect of all young people.
Across the school staff were said to ensure the learning needs of young people are met very well and there is also a comprehensive and very dedicated transition programme in place for pupils entering into first year and those leaving school.
The school was also said to have very strong faith links with the parishes it serves, with personal and spiritual values being emphasised particularly well with staff promoting equality and respect for other cultures, values and faiths, including race equality.
Those who were not members of the Catholic faith felt “fully included” in the school.
The report also highlighted the consultation with parents, saying it had been exemplary, with very strong partnerships with parents consulting with them regularly on key issues.
The report concluded that St Modan’s should continue to develop the curriculum to meet the wide range of young people’s learning needs and to monitor and evaluate the quality of provision within the school to ensure consistency of high quality throughout the school.