WSE report for the school from May 2014 is available to read here.
School Response to the Report submitted by the Board of Management
Area 1: Observations on the content of the inspection report
The Board and school community were particularly pleased at the following points identified by the inspectors:
1. The good or high quality of teaching and learning in the majority of the lessons.2. Positive aspects noted regarding the effectiveness of leadership for learning:
b. the analysis of attainment in certificate examinations
c. the attention paid to the recommendations of subject inspection reports
d. the board’s support for continuing professional development at the level of the subject departments
e. certain teachers have completed further postgraduate
f. staff are being trained in the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) resource
g. the teachers’ enthusiasm and self-motivation in the students’ interest
h. extra certificate examination classes being provided in the teachers’ own time.
3. The high quality of student care.
4. The pastoral care system that is strongly rooted in the middle-management structure and in the organisation of classes.
5. The student support team.
6. The Guidance and Counselling service provided which goes far beyond what it is provided for it on the timetable.
7. Expertise in special educational needs.
8. A wide range of subjects on the school curriculum.
9. Regard for the content and management of the Transition Year programme.
10. The strong spirit and healthy good atmosphere that is in the school.
11. The wide range of extra-curricular events which are available as a result of the teachers’ voluntary work.
12. The very active parents’ association in the school.
13. Beneficial use made of ICT resources in lessons.
14. Prepared handouts that enhanced learning.
15. Traditional methodologies and more active approaches in learning and the two methods used effectively.
16. Teachers reflecting on the outcomes of teaching and learning.
17. Good questioning strategies in lessons.
18. Presentation to the whole staff on subject inspection report recommendations as standard procedure in order to identify common themes.
19. The openness which was obvious amongst the teachers regarding the recommendations for improvement in the feedback meetings with the inspectors.
Area 2: Follow-up actions planned or undertaken since the completion of theinspection activity to implement the findings and recommendations of the inspection
1. The board of management has set out a schedule for review and evaluation of policies and of the main aspects of the school. A development plan has commenced.
2. Input from parents and students regarding a review of the Code of Behaviour was sought in June 2014.
3. A meeting between the members of the Board, the Student Council and the Parents’ Committee will be convened in November 2014.
4. A common approach to subject planning in the school has been agreed since September 2014.
5. The school’s Mission Statement will be reviewed before Easter. Input will be sought from all the educational partners.
6. A professional dialogue will be scheduled at the end of the year between holders of posts of responsibility and senior management and the former will be asked to prepare a report on their posts. A template has been agreed for this purpose.
7. A planning committee has been formed to promote the development of teaching and learning.
8. A staff inservice course on assessment for learning was held in August 2014.
9. A system for observation of classes to be operational after the mid-term 2014.
10. Work has commenced on the preparation of a staff handbook as well as a formal policy on the induction of new teachers.
11. A planning committee has been formed to organise and develop Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). Two teachers have attended a two-day inservice course organised by PDST and a new plan will be developed this year.
12. The improvement plan objectives for this year are:
a. To improve Irish language accuracy among the students and teachers
b. Providing more frequent opportunities for students to speak in lessons
13. Attempts are underway to organise positive events aimed at encouraging the speaking of Irish in the school e.g. a video competition.
14. The analysis of certificate examinations will be advanced. In any school, however, where there are students with an aptitude above national norms, the examination results should also be above the national norms. Our results will be compared to national norms but the results of entrance assessment tests will also be taken into
account and written observations will have regard to our students’ context.
15. We will address the other recommendations as soon as we can.