Meeting about Grammar’s follow-up report

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Argyll and Bute Council’s head of education, Anne Paterson, met with Campbeltown Grammar School’s head teacher, David Fyfe, and councillors Donald Kelly and John Armour last week to discuss the school’s recent HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) follow-up report.

Councillor Kelly arranged the meeting, held on Monday March 9, due to concerns raised by parents and the wider community after the report revealed the school has made ‘insufficient progress’ to tackle problems which were highlighted at its last inspection.

The report highlighted ‘weak performance in numeracy’, ‘limited success in developing a clear sense of direction’, ‘significant concerns about poor behaviour in the school’, and ‘major inconsistencies in teachers’ practice’.

Councillor Kelly said: ‘Given the concerns raised regarding the HMIE follow-up report I felt it was important to organise a face-to-face meeting with council officers.

‘The meeting itself was reasonably positive with a number of issues being discussed.

‘The plan is for the council to carry out a mock inspection of the school, possibly in August prior to the inspectors returning in October. This should help assist staff in their preparations for the return visit.

‘We also discussed the possibility of increasing the number of NAT 5 options currently available for pupils to take at the school and the opportunity for pupils to start them earlier.

‘The issue of positive destinations for pupils who are not going on to further education was also discussed as I feel not enough is being done to accommodate these pupils. I have asked for a further report on this to come to the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area Committee.’