HMIe praise for Meldrum Academy

Meldrum Academy
Meldrum Academy

Inspectors have given an Aberdeenshire school a glowing report.

Meldrum Academy was visited last November and awarded a ‘very good’ rating in four categories and ‘good’ in the fifth.

Inspectors praised its supportive and inclusive community, the confidence and pride of young people in their school, the enthusiasm and commitment of teachers and staff as well as the strength of partnership working.

They also identified aspects of innovative practice which will now be explored before being shared further afield.

Education, Learning and Leisure Committee chair Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “I am delighted with the report which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all the staff and pupils at the school.

“It is also important to recognise the efforts of all the other people who help at the school, whether that’s parents or volunteers, and who give up time to help provide as effective and as successful a learning environment as possible at Meldrum Academy.”

The inspection found the following key strengths: the ethos of the school as an inclusive community with mutually supportive relationships; confident and articulate young people who are proud of their school and enjoy their learning; the enthusiasm and commitment of staff to develop their professional practice to improve outcomes for learners; vibrant and strong partnership working which extends learning opportunities for young people.

Inspectors also discussed with the school and the council how it could be further improved. It was agreed the school would further develop the use of self-evaluation evidence from across the learning community to focus on improvements which will have the greatest impact on improving the achievements of all young people.

The school will continue to improve monitoring and tracking of young people’s progress, ensuring effective support to develop their skills as independent learners.