Very good report for Knock School

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KNOCK School received a very good report from HMIe inspectors following their visit in June, writes Michelle Robson.

The school was praised for its motivated, confident, and well-behaved children who are making very good progress in their learning and are very proud of their achievements and of their school; the very effective teaching which provides children with interesting and challenging learning experiences; the nurturing and supportive ethos, based on shared values and mutual respect; the leadership of the headteacher and the teamwork and commitment of all staff, teaching and support, to ensure all children make very good progress in their learning; and the partnerships with parents, support agencies and the wider community to meet learning needs and broaden children’s learning experiences.

Headteacher Calum Maclean was commended by members of the Education and Children’s Services Committee for his leadership of not just Knock but also Bayble and Sandwick Schools.

He paid tribute to his staff including the itinerant teachers.

Areas for improvement agreed with the school and the education authority were that they would continue to take forward implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and planning for an effective and smooth transition to the new school to ensure continuity in children’s learning and high standards.

They were also tasked to ensure that teaching and learning are supported by planning, assessment, recording and reporting that are proportionate, manageable and effective.

Knock School will close next year as the new Point School is opened.

Croileagan Dhunsgealair, North Uist was also inspected earlier this year and also received a good report highlighting the confident, happy children and the relationships between children, staff and parents. The links with the wider community were highlighted as a strength that extended children’s learning.

They were asked to continue to implement the Curriculum for Excellence and to continue to develop approaches to self-evaluation to help staff improve children’s learning.

Croileagan an Iochdair in South Uist was also inspected and strengths of the centre were the strong, supportive partnership between parents and staff and the happy, motivated children and committed staff.

Areas for improvement were to continue to develop Curriculum for Excellence as planned and ensure an appropriate level of challenge for all children.

They must also continue to develop effective approaches to self-evaluation to help staff improve children’s learning.