Inspection of Hillside School, Aberdour, Fife

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Key strengths of the school

  • Confident, friendly young people who express their views capably.
  • The welcoming ethos and positive and supportive relationships between staff and young people in care and education.
  • The quality of writing in the senior phase classes and young people’s success in national competitions.

We discussed with staff and the Board of Governors how they might continue to improve the school. This is what we agreed with them.

  • Develop coherent and progressive programmes across the curriculum within the broad general education ensuring that young people are challenged appropriately.
  • Develop approaches to assessment and moderation within the broad general education.
  • Continue to improve opportunities for young people, staff and parents to express their views and opinions on the quality of care and education.
  • Make better use of information about young people’s attainments and achievements as part of self evaluation processes to inform school improvement.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

As a result of our inspection findings we think that the school needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements. Our lead officer along with the Director and senior staff will discuss the most appropriate support in order to build capacity for improvement, and will maintain contact to monitor progress. We will return to evaluate aspects of provision and the progress in improving provision within a year of publication of this report. We will then issue another report to parents on the extent to which the school has improved. In that report we will inform you if we are going to carry out a continued inspection visit.

Editors' note

Copies of the full published letter and the quality indicators are available on the school's report page on the Education Scotland website.

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