Positive Inspection Report for VOLA

Matthew Boyle, Karen Conaghan, Laura Mason and the Academy badge.

By Democrat reporter

Education Scotland Inspectors have praised the Head Teacher Matthew Boyle and his staff at Vale of Leven Academy for driving positive change at the school.

The report praised the head teacher, Matthew Boyle,  for establishing a sense of direction in the school and recognised the fact that he is approachable by pupils, parents and staff.

Inspectors said his presence in the learning environment is beginning to engage staff more directly in taking forward improvements in the academy.

Pupil well-being and efforts to ensure equality and inclusion were among the strengths at the school. Leadership of change, learning, teaching and assessment and raising attainment and achievement are satisfactory.

Inspectors found young people and staff are benefiting from positive relationships with pupils receiving high levels of care from committed staff who offer a range of groups and clubs outwith the classroom which young people find motivating.

The report also highlights the commitment of staff and partners to developing a range of vocational pathways to meet the individual needs and aspirations of young people. This partnership working is helping pupils secure employment and progress to further education on leaving the school. The academy was also praised for hosting a very high-quality careers fair providing young people, and their parents, with first-hand information on a range of opportunities beyond school.

Inspectors recognised the effective specialist support being provided for identified groups of young people, both in the school and within the school’s communication base.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services said: “Inspectors have rightly highlighted the positive impact the Head Teacher is having with both his staff and pupils.  Under his guidance, teachers and pupils are being encouraged and motivated to achieve their best at the school.  I am also pleased so see the positive comments on the great partnership work which is helping our young people plan for their future and go on to a positive destination when they leave school.”

Chief Education Officer, Laura Mason, said: “I am pleased to see both the head teacher and staff praised for their commitment in helping pupils to grow in confidence.  It is also encouraging to see inspectors highlight the effective relationships between staff and partners and the positive relationships with pupils. We welcome the feedback from HMIE and we will work with the school to implement the recommendations in the report.”


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