Improvements needed at Pairc Primary school

Pairc School
Pairc School

Pairc School is to receive support from the Comhairle’s Education Department after it received a critical report from HM Inspectors.

The school was inspected in September last year and a report was considered by the Comhairle’s Education and Children’s Services Committee this week which highlighted several areas which required improvement.

The curriculum was evaluated as Weak as was the Improvement through Self-evaluation; Improvements in performance and Meeting Learning Needs were ‘Satisfactory’ while Learners Experiences were rated as ‘Good’.

The inspection also noted key strengths in the way the school includes and supports children with additional support needs; the positive, friendly ethos across the school; and the strong links with community groups that enhanced children’s learning.

Headteacher Mr Andrew Reeves said progress had already been made on making improvements.

“We have already put in place an action plan which will move the school forward,” he said.

He added that the plan was addressing each of the points raised by HM Inspectors and that they were also working with the Quality Improvement officer.

Responding to a question about the Inspectors concern regarding Gaelic teaching in the school, Mr Reeves said they now had four members of staff, two teaching and two auxiliary who regularly used Gaelic.

Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, Catriona Stewart said: “It is certainly a critical report and it is disappointing to see.”

She said she hoped that it would be a very different picture of the school which they would get in the next report as progress was made.

Sadie Cushley, HM Inspector said: “As a result of our inspection findings we think that the school needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements.

“Our Area Lead Officer will work with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to build capacity for improvement and will maintain contact to monitor progress.

“We shall ask the local authority to provide us with a progress report within a year and decide at that point whether a further inspection visit is required. Parents will be informed of our decision.”