‘Excellent’ Elmwood praised by inspectors

Jim Crooks, Elmwood College principal
Jim Crooks, Elmwood College principal

ELMWOOD College has been praised by inspectors for its ‘excellent’ work with additional needs students and interaction with local schools.

In a generally positive external review, HMIE inspector Roddy Henry described the Cupar college as ‘well led’ and said the majority of learners were making good progress, with most students ‘well motivated’.

But he warned that teaching is ‘not consistently effective’ and attainment is low among some students.

Mr Henry wrote: “HM Inspectors are confident that:

n Learners are progressing well and achieving relevant, high quality outcomes overall. However, attainment rates for some learners are low.

n The college has in place high quality learning and teaching processes overall. However, teaching is not consistently effective.

n Learners are actively engaged in enhancing their own learning and the work and the life of the college.

n The college is led well and is enhancing the quality of its services for learners and other stakeholders overall. However, its arrangements for quality assurance and improvement are not fully effective.”

Elmwood was hailed for its ‘excellent practice’ in a number of areas, including its buddy system for students with additional support needs, its rural skills link-up with local schools, its involvement with foreign families in the community and its teaching of life and work skills.

A spokesperson for Elmwood said the college was ‘delighted’ that the recommendations arising from April’s external inspection matched those of its own internal review — particularly the development of its ‘Journey to Excellence’ and ‘Thinking4Learning’ initiatives.

Jim Crooks, principal of Elmwood College, added: “It is always helpful to have an external perspective of our activities.

“Engagement with HMI through the course of the review does just that and makes a very valuable contribution to the quality agenda within the college.”

HMIE will monitor Elmwood’s progress during annual visits to the college.