Want to read more?
At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall.
However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.
To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic.
The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.
We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.
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.’