Balwearie High’s new headteacher and the positive relationships developed by staff have been praised following a recent school inspection.
Inspectors from Education Scotland reported a number of key strengths at the local secondary school including: the positive start the new headteacher Neil McNeil has made in securing staff support and commitment to improvement; the variety of new opportunities for staff and young people to develop their leadership skills and the positive relationships developed by staff which contribute to a learning environment in which young people are co-operative and keen to learn.
The report also noted the high proportions of young people who leave the Department of Additional Support Needs (DAS) and move on to a positive destination such as a college placement.
Areas which were earmarked for improvement included: Continuing to develop the promising approaches to monitoring and tracking young people’s progress introduced by the new headteacher; reviewing the S1 to S3 curriculum to ensure young people benefit from receiving their entitlement to a broad general education, strengthening ‘pupil voice’ across the school and developing strategies to raise attainment, particularly for the lowest-attaining groups of young people. An area lead officer from Education Scotland will liaise with Fife Council to monitor progress with a further inspection carried out within a year.