Waid Academy earns glowing report card

Waid Academy's 19th century building is due to be replaced by 2017. Picture by Peter Adamson.
Waid Academy's 19th century building is due to be replaced by 2017. Picture by Peter Adamson.

Waid Academy has received a glowing report card in the latest inspection by Education Scotland.

The school is rated either very good or good across five areas of activity, including learners’ experiences, meeting learning needs and improvement through self-evaluation - all rated very good.

Improvements in performance and the curriculum were graded as good.

Headteacher Iain Hughes is described as having a “clear vision” that has led to “an inclusive and supportive environment.” Staff are also commended for their “strong commitment to improving outcomes for all young people” and for taking “leading roles in driving forward school improvements.”

The report identified four key strengths in the school describing pupils as enthusiastic learners and highlighting the “inclusive and nurturing ethos of the school” alongside the “very effective culture of leadership at all levels established by the headteacher” as well as the involvement of staff and young people in improving the work of the school.

Mr Hughes said: “I cannot describe how proud I am to be given the privilege of leading Waid Academy. Learners, staff, parents and partners contribute to the success of our school.

“Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our staff and learners along with our strong partnerships we have a whole learning community to be proud of. We will continue to expect the best and to work steadfastly to improve”.

Local councillor Elizabeth Riches welcomed the report.

She said: “This is an excellent and well deserved report. I am delighted that the strong leadership is recognised so fully.

‘‘Waid pupils are most fortunate to have such hard working teachers offering such a high standard of education to them. “