Inspectors praise Buchanan High School

Pupils, parents and staff at Buchanan High School were celebrating after their school received a positive inspection report

Buchanan HS HMIE Feb 2020

The Additional Support Needs school in Coatbridge, which caters for around 130 pupils, was inspected in November 2019.

The report highlighted the following key strengths of the school:

  • The head teacher and senior leadership team are providing effective leadership. They model very well the vision, values and aims of the school.
  • Supported by a wide range of community partners, the school is providing young people with a high quality senior phase curriculum. This is supporting almost all young people to move on successfully into further education, training or employment when they leave school.
  • The school has an inclusive, caring and supportive climate in place. Almost all staff have positive relationships with young people. This is enabling almost all young people to engage well in their learning and maintain high levels of school attendance.
  • Young people's improved attainment in reading, listening and talking. This is helping young people to participate more fully in learning activities across all areas of the curriculum.

Mr Michael McGinley, Head Teacher of Buchanan High School, said: "We are all delighted with the report and I'd like to thank everyone involved with the school for working together to achieve this.

"Our pupils, parents and staff have created a strong sense of community and I'm so pleased that inspectors found so many positive aspects of our school to highlight."

The following areas for improvement were identified:

  • Continue to raise attainment through setting high expectations of what young people can achieve. All teachers need to provide learning activities which are not too easy for higher achieving learners.
  • Staff need to continue to develop further their approaches to assessment and shared standards. This will provide more accurate information on young people's progress particularly at the broad general education.
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