Inspectors praise Nicolson’s students

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the HMIe report on its recent inspection the Nicolson Institute and praised the school’s polite and well behaved young people, describing them as keen to learn and contribute, as well as noting the range of opportunities for pupils to extend and enhance their learning.

Guidance and support for learning staff were found to have had a positive impact on the learning and wellbeing of pupils while the headteacher and senior managers were shown to have improved relationships, communication and consultation in the school. 

The inspectors noted that the appointment of a full, permanent senior management team and the prospect of the new building have led to high levels of optimism amongst staff, pupils and parents.

HMIe indicated that raising attainment, strengthening Gaelic Medium Education and the school’s Gaelic ethos, and providing greater challenge and support where needed were areas where the school needed to make progress and improvements.

Of the Nicolson’s report Councillor Munro, commented: “We are  pleased that the report has identified the positive influence that our recently appointed headteacher has had in the school and that Inspectors have also commended the senior management team that is now in place. 

“We believe the school and the authority is in strong position to respond to the points raised in this report. HMIe will continue to work with the school and the Education and Children’s Services Department to provide support and review progress within 18 months.”