Inspectors praise school strengths

St Andrew's High School, Kirkcaldy
St Andrew's High School, Kirkcaldy

ST ANDREWS High School has courteous, well-motivated young people.

It offers a caring and inclusive environment, and the staff are commited to improving learning experiences in and outside of the classroom.

These are just three of St Andrew’s strengths highlighted by HMIe inspectors following a recent inspection.

In their report, published this week, inspectors also noted the school’s key strengths of working to support learning and increase achievement - and the way the headteacher and senior management team have led change within the school.

The inspectors said they were “satisfied” with the overall quality of education provision and “confident the school’s self evaluation processes are leading to improvements”.

The team found pupils were confident and well cared for and that all staff demonstrated a strong commitment to them.

Three recommendations were made for improvement - and work is already underway. These were:

• further developing approaches to monitor pupils’ progress to ensure the needs of all learners are well met;

• continuing to ensure young people are actively involved in improving their learning and achievement;

• strengthening approaches to ensure all young people make progress in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing across learning.

Patrick Callaghan, headteacher, said: “I am delighted with this very positive report.

‘‘It highlights the very evident positive ethos and high standards set.

“It is also gratifying that the hard work of staff and the many successes and growing opportunities for all our young people have been publicly recognised.

“The report gives us a very firm foundation on which to build.”

Councillor Douglas Chapman, chairman of the education and children’s services committee, said: “Patrick Callaghan and his senior management team are providing excellent leadership.”