Dec 2 2009 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A SCHOOL for girls in Stirling has been praised by inspectors for its positive relationships between staff and young people.
Snowdon School is an independent, non-denominational school for girls in the centre of Stirling’s old town.
It provides care and education for 18 girls aged 12-17 who have significant social and emotional difficulties and additional support needs. Care is provided on a 52-week basis if necessary.
In a newly-published report HM Education inspectors identified particular strengths of the school as being: very positive relationships between staff and the young people; the happy and safe environment for young people which builds their confidence and self esteem; attainments in a broad range of national qualifications; and the use of community facilities for physical education to promote enjoyment and healthy lifestyles.
Improvements in performance were said to be good as were learners’ experiences, while meeting learning needs and the curriculum were satisfactory.
Areas for improvement highlighted included: to introduce more learning activities which help young people work together and learn from each other; continue to consult with young people, parents and carers and other stakeholders to help focus improvements in care and support, environment, staffing and management; and to improve the way the school evaluates its work and plans for continuous improvement.
The inspectors said: “All young people respond well to the regular feedback and encouragement they receive from teachers and care staff.’’