Schools receive ‘excellent’ results

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Staff and pupils at two secondary schools have earned ‘excellent’ ratings from education inspectors for their performance.

Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan visited Bishopbriggs Academy, East Dunbartonshire and St Andrew’s Secondary School, Glasgow, to mark their evaluations.

The reports make them only the second and third secondary schools to gain such distinction since the criteria were strengthened in line with Curriculum for Excellence.

Key strengths highlighted at Bishopbriggs Academy include:

  • The inspiring and outstanding leadership of the head teacher
  • The quality and improvement in attainment

Areas commended at Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Secondary School were:

  • Outstanding expectations for young people’s achievements
  • The impact of leadership at all levels across the school, in particular, the inspirational leadership of the head teacher

Dr Allan said:

“It is an outstanding achievement to gain ‘excellent’ ratings under the strengthened criteria for Curriculum for Excellence and I congratulate staff, pupils and parents at both St Andrew’s and Bishopbriggs high schools.

“The comments on both clearly show the dedication of staff, pupils and parents and recognise that the schools have created vibrant learning environments that encourage enthusiasm for learning and rewards success.

“The incredibly positive results coming from these schools improving through Curriculum for Excellence are an example that others will follow, giving more pupils the opportunity to shine at subjects across the board and helping them develop the skills they need for learning, life and work.”

Bishopbriggs Academy received four excellent and one very good ratings in their inspection, which found the following key strengths:

  • the inspiring and outstanding leadership of the head teacher
  • confident, articulate young people with aspiration and ambition
  • the commitment and dedication of staff to school improvement and innovation
  • the quality and improvement in attainment
  • the range of learning experiences in and out of school, including those delivered through strong partnerships

St Andrew’s received three excellent and two very good ratings in their inspection, which also found the following key strengths:

  • Young people who aspire to be the best they can be, supported by staff dedicated to meeting their social, emotional and spiritual needs
  • Outstanding expectations for young people’s achievements
  • Learners’ experiences leading to resilient, happy and well-adjusted young people, with a range of skills for life and work
  • Strong relationships and tolerance built upon the school’s ethos
  • the impact of leadership at all levels across the school, in particular, the inspirational leadership of the headteacher