Education Scotland reports solid performance by Catholic Schools

St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn and St Ninian’s Primary in Glasgow have received glowing reports from Education Scotland.

During their visit to St Kentigern’s, inspectors talked with parents/carers, young people, the Head teacher and staff, gathering evidence to enable them to evaluate the quality of leadership, learning and teaching and young people’s achievements and wellbeing.

The report praised the commitment of staff in ensuring young people from all backgrounds are fully included in every aspect of school life and the positive impact of support workers was also highlighted. Head teacher Mr Sharkey said, “I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of staff and pupils has been recognised and, also, the positive impact the whole community has on the success of our students, whatever their backgrounds. I would like to thank parents and staff for their continued support of the school as I have no doubt that this report could not have been achieved without everyone’s ongoing help and co-operation.”

Executive Councillor for Education David Dodds commented: “This is a very positive report which the pupils, parents/carers staff and the school community can be proud of. I was particularly pleased to note that the Inspectors highlighted the commitment of staff in ensuring young people from all backgrounds are fully included in every aspect of school life as a strength.  St Kentigern’s Academy is well-placed to take forward the areas for improvement which were recommended by the Inspectors.”

The picture was similarly positive for St Ninian’s Primary in Glasgow where the glowing report given by Education Scotland was recognised in Parliament. SNP MSP Bill Kidd put forward the motion, congratulating the school and, in particular, praising the effective leadership of the head teacher “in establishing a positive and nurturing ethos across the school, and that this is underpinned by the school’s Catholic faith values.”

The motion was supported by the following MSPs: Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, James Dornan, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Stewart Stevenson, Joan McAlpine, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Ben Macpherson, Sandra White, and Fulton MacGregor.

The full text of the motion is as follows: ‘That the Parliament congratulates St Ninian’s RC Primary School on its recent Education Scotland report; notes that the report found strengths in the effective leadership of the head teacher in establishing a positive and nurturing ethos across the school, and that this is underpinned by the school’s Catholic faith values, and further notes the strengths of the school in placing importance on a child’s wellbeing, respect and achievement, and that the report particularly emphasised the role of the staff in identifying and meeting their needs, as well as working with families to ensure that pupils have minimised barriers to education.’