‘Weak’-rated school vows to make swift changes

Berwickshire High School has vowed to make swift changes following a less-than-ideal inspection in February

As reported by the BBC, a somewhat damning inspection of Berwickshire High School in Duns has left its head teacher determined to make big changes.

Inspectors rated the school ‘weak’ in three quality indicators and ‘unsatisfactory’ in the fourth.

Head teacher, John Clarke, has expressed his disappointment with the review but has already begun improving the school.

Despite the negative ratings, Education Scotland’s team did admit that the school’s enhanced provision department was ‘very effective’ in meeting the needs of children who require additional support.

However, they went on to say that there was an “urgent need to improve leadership at all levels across the school”, while the quality of learning, teaching and assessment was “too variable”.

Clarke said: “We are disappointed with the inspection outcome and how this reflects on the fantastic young people in our care.

“We have taken swift action to address a number of the priorities and have a strong plan for working with stakeholders over the coming months to ensure further improvements are made, and at pace.”

Fiona Morris chairs the school’s parent council, and added that council members are continuing to back the efforts taken to address the issues raised.

“We fully support the leadership team and the staff, and are encouraged by changes that have already taken place,” she said.

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