Parents rally to defend Rosslyn School

Rosslyn School, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA
Rosslyn School, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA

Parents of pupils at a Kirkcaldy school which failed to shine in its latest report, claim inspectors missed the point entirely.

A parents group spoke to the Press to defend Rosslyn school - which serves children with special needs - after Education Scotland classified it as ‘weak’ in three key categories, including its curriculum.

The report affects the whole school; it affects morale

One parent Lynne Scott said: “Clearly they don’t have a clue about the complex needs of children at Rosslyn because they’ve ignored what they actually need.

“This report affects the whole school; it affects morale.”

She added: “In the time teachers spend with our children they have to keep them safe, administer medications, deal with personal care and address behavioural problems.

“Their main priority is to make sure pupils are healthy and safe. They are not in a mainstream school.”

Inspectors had praised staff for their care and support of pupils but the curriculm was “limited” and did not have a “clear rationale”.

Parents felt, however, a focus on academic achievement failed to take into account the skills children were learning at Rosslyn on a daily basis.

Tracey Phimister commented: “Most of the children at Rosslyn are not going to sit exams but they’ve managed to get my wee boy on a bus - that alone serves him better.

“He needs life skills, not an exam paper.”

Liz Wiscombe agreed, adding: “They don’t see what the teachers are doing on a regular basis.”

Rosslyn School had come runner-up in Kingdom FM’s Local Hero award for best school in Fife.

Louise Morrison said: “The teachers really care for the kids.”

The parents group also said the inspection in June coincided with a Rotary sponsored ‘Kids Out’ event which emptied the school for one day and meant children were tired at school the next day.

“We were invited to speak to them during the inspection and we haven’t felt they’ve taken our views into consideration.They asked if our children were pushed reach their potential and we said yes, but the report says the exact opposite,” said Lynne.

The parents group met to discuss the report before the summer holidays and had sent a letter to Education Scotland outlining their concerns.

“We’ve not even had an acknowledgment,” she said.