Inspectors pinpoint weak areas at Rosslyn School

Rosslyn School in Kirkcaldy caters for children and young people with additional support needs. Pic: FPA
Rosslyn School in Kirkcaldy caters for children and young people with additional support needs. Pic: FPA

A Kirkcaldy school which educates pupils with special needs is in need of “additional support” itself, according to its latest inspection report.

Rosslyn School, which is due to move from its Victorian premises on Viewforth Terrace next year, was classified overall as ‘weak’ in three key categories, including its curriculum.

The remaining two categories - including learners’ experiences - earned the school a ‘satisfactory’.

Terry Carr, inspector with Education Scotland stated: “Overall children and young people are making limited progress in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.”

Too few young people had gained awards at Access 1 and National 1 and the range of units offered by the school was “too limited”, he added.

“The school provides very good support for children’s and young people’s care and welfare but there are weaknesses in the curriculum.

“The curriculum does not have a clear rationale.”

The report did praise Rosslyn School for care and welfare it provided children, the team work of staff and their commitment to the school.

“Children and young people enjoy coming to school and and feel safe and well cared for,” the report stated.

Communication with parents and the “highly developed skills” of pupils and support teachers in communicating with children and young people was also singled out as a strength.

The recent re-appointment of experienced former headteacher Paul Meijer “augured well” for an effective “whole school approach” to improvement, the report continued.

However, Mr Carr concluded: “As a aresult of our inspection findings we think that the school needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements.”

Education Scotland staff plan to work with Fife Council over the coming year to build capacity for improvement.

Rosslyn School, which caters for pupils aged 3- 18 years old with complex learning needs, is due to be integrated into the new Viewforth High School in August 2016.

Headteacher Paul Meijer, who spent six years in the top post at Rosslyn until two years ago, commented: “Our school community welcomes the direction the inspectors have given for development, and we are committed to secure the identified improvements going forward.”

MSP David Torrance praised staff who he said were working under difficult circumstances.

“The report had some positive features,” he said, “but also some areas where drastic improvement is needed. I will be asking Fife Council to invest more into the needs of the school.”