Inspectors impressed by school’s strengths

DOUGLAS Academy in Milngavie has received a glowing report from education inspectors.

The school, which incorporates The Music School, which is a national centre of excellence in music, was inspected in February last year.

Officials noted a number of key strengths in their assessment.

They praised the school for providing good opportunities for pupils to develop a wide range of skills, show leadership and act responsibly.

The Music School allows pupils to develop musical abilities and staff use many successful strategies for meeting young people’s learning needs.

In almost all classes, teachers set tasks and activities at the right level of difficulty and explain work well, making good use of questions to check and develop young people’s learning.

Support for learning staff provide very positive support for young people - teachers identify young people’s needs very effectively and work skilfully to help those with additional support needs, inspectors found.

The report said: “The young people are highly motivated and determined to do well.

“They are friendly, respectful and confident learners, working well individually and engaging very well in group activities in most subjects.

“They are developing very effective communication skills and informed attitudes and respond well to the very wide range of learning experiences in and out of the classroom. The relationships between young people and teachers are very positive and almost all young people enjoy their learning and feel valued and well supported in school.”

The school’s recent Holocaust Memorial Day helped young people to link their learning well across different subjects and the headteacher, Seamus Black, provides very high-quality leadership.

Mr Black, said: “I am delighted that the report recognises the very good progress we have made as we continue to develop the curriculum in line with national guidelines and to promote our school ethos through a very positive engagement with our young people, parents and the wider community.

“The report recognises and celebrates the staff’s hard work and dedication, teaching and non-teaching. I am confident that Douglas Academy will continue to go from strength to strength.”