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Inspectors impressed by what they find at Kirkcaldy High

Some of KHS Outstanding Ambassadors - Head Boy and Girl with their Deputes preparing to deliver an assembly. From left: Imogen Logan, Sean Plumridge, Sandy Wallace, Jade McQuillan (Head Girl), Lee Pirie (Head Boy), Kirsty Wilson.

Some of KHS Outstanding Ambassadors - Head Boy and Girl with their Deputes preparing to deliver an assembly. From left: Imogen Logan, Sean Plumridge, Sandy Wallace, Jade McQuillan (Head Girl), Lee Pirie (Head Boy), Kirsty Wilson.

Kirkcaldy High pupils are proud of their school and positive about their learning.

That was the finding of inspectors following a recent visit.

The HMIe team noted many key strengths in the school during a recent visit, and expressed overall satisfaction with the quality of the school.

Inspectors were also confident that self evaluation processes and plans are leading to improvement.

They will now make no further visits in connection with the inspection which took place last month.

Other strengths include high achievement in out-of-class learning, high quality pastoral care, very good community partnership working, staff who listen to and involve pupils and the headteacher’s leadership.

Tribute

Derek Allan, rector, said: “I am delighted the many improvements we have implemented have been recognised – we are rightly very proud of what has been achieved.

‘‘I must pay credit to our young people and their families, along with our partners in the community, who work with us to provide an excellent school experience.

“Our school aim is to ensure a happy and successful learning community, meeting needs and serving ambition. It is good to have such a strong endorsement of our work.

‘‘The staff here are fully committed and the inspectors commended our ability to work well together to plan further improvements. We are already taking on board the useful advice they have offered.”

He added: “I am particularly pleased our young people have been described as outstanding ambassadors for their school and community.

‘‘So many visitors come away with this view and I’m glad the inspectors share it.”

Improving

In their report the inspectors said: “The school’s key processes for evaluating its work are very well established and as a result, numerous aspects of school life are improving.

‘‘Teachers provide professional learning opportunities for each other, take on leadership responsibilities and work with other schools.”

They also noted a “positive climate for learning” and said the school’s approaches to evaluating its own work were “strong, with some very good features.”

The inspectors found exclusions had reduced and attendance had improved with young people achieving well in a range of sporting, cultural and citizenship activities.

They also found that teachers have made “good progress in taking forward Curriculum for Excellence” and Mr Allan said this would remain one of the school’s main challenges. He added that the school greatly appreciates the support of families and the local community.

Lorraine Wilkinson, chairman of the Kirkcaldy High School Parent Council, said she was very pleased with the positive inspection report which recognised many qualities across the school.

 

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