A report has been published by Education Scotland following a first Inspection and Review of the work of Sgoil an Rubha and Sgoil Àraich, on Point.

The education authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has been told that Education Scotland "will make no more visits in connection with this inspection."

This report gives the Point School great marks for its first inspection as a school since the bringing together of all the Point schools into the new structure in 2011.

The following is an official extract from the published letter for Sgoil an Rubha and Sgoil Àraich.

Key strengths of the school:

  • Children are happy, confident and very keen to learn. They are very proud of their school and sgoil àraich, and their successes in events that celebrate their island, language and culture. These include recognition for singing and recitation at the local Mòd, and performances they have staged to commemorate the Iolaire.
  • All staff have worked well as a team to create a school and sgoil àraich that has a warm, welcoming and caring ethos as a basis for overall positive teaching. Staff and children are committed to the school and sgoil àraich’s vision and values. The partnership on promoting Gaelic Medium Education (GME) is increasing the number of children enrolling in P1.
  • The school, sgoil àraich, parents and the community benefit from mutually positive partnerships for the good of the children. The recent work on financial education has enabled children to apply their learning in real-life contexts.

The following areas for improvement were identified and discussed with the headteacher and a representative from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

  • Continue to develop the strategic leadership of change so that improvements are more timely and in line with national expectations. All staff, as leaders of change, should have clear roles connected to planning for continuous improvement.
  • As a high priority, continue to increase the pace of developing the curriculum so that children’s progress is clearly defined across all areas of learning. In taking this forward, planning should take account of raising attainment, improving approaches for early learning and play, and having an agreed approach to immersion. 
  • Develop a more strategic approach to assessment and moderation. Staff should ensure that at key points there is robust and reliable evidence on which to report children’s progress.

In answer to the question "What happens at the end of the inspection?" Education Scotland says:

"We are confident that Sgoil an Rubha and Sgoil Àraich have the capacity to continue to improve and so we will make no more visits in connection with this inspection.

"Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will inform parents/carers about the school’s progress as part of its arrangements for reporting on the quality of its schools."

The full published letter is available on the Education Scotland website or by clicking this link.

As a result of a misunderstanding of wording used by Education Scotland, the initial report on this site assumed this was a follow-up to an initial inspection, not the first inspection.  We apologise for this error.