Apr 8 2009 by Robbie Kennedy, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
CALDERVALE High School have received high praise following a visit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.
The report of the visit was published on Tuesday, March 31, and highlighted many areas of strength in the school, including the engagement of staff in the life and work of the school, the quality of support provided for young people through effective partnerships and the range of enterprise activities carried out in school.
The inspectors found that pupils who took part in extra curricular activities such as Airdrie Remembers, a Burns Supper, Battle of the Bands and Great Scots from Lanarkshire, enjoyed improved self-esteem and boosted their team-working skills.
The report also highlighted opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills through a community sports leadership programme and the ability to become more responsible citizens through a range of fundraising activities.
In addition, the school were praised for their good partnerships with parents, which starts when the pupil is still at primary school.
Head Teacher Karen Kubica said: “I am especially pleased that HMI commented on the good working relationships which exist between staff and pupils and the atmosphere of mutual respect which exists in the school.
“This puts us in a strong position to take forward the agreed areas for improvement and prepare for the challenges of A Curriculum for Excellence.”
Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, added: “This is a positive report for Caldervale High School. Staff, pupils and parents should take great credit for what they have achieved.”