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School Inspection Report Published

In February 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectors from Education Scotland visited our all-through school for a week and inspected aspects of our work.  In April 2014, they published their report.  In particular they aimed to answer the questions:

  • How well do children and young people learn and achieve?
  • How well does the school support children and young people to develop and learn?
  • How well does the school improve the quality of its work?

The inspectors sought the views of pupils, parents, staff and partners, evaluated the quality of written evidence we provided and observed pupils in lessons and activities throughout the week.  The inspectors always aim to work in partnership with the schools they inspect, and especially with the Headteacher, to ensure that their report fully reflects the ethos and life of the school.

The inspectors found that St John’s RC Academy has the following key strengths:

  • Children’s and young people’s behaviour and positive attitudes to learning.
  • High-quality care and welfare reflected in caring, respectful relationships across the school.
  • Wide-ranging partnerships which enhance pupils’ learning and achievement.
  • Young people’s attainment in the senior phase.
  • Self-evaluation and leadership at all levels which is leading to continuous school improvement.
  • The headteacher’s effective leadership of improvement and change.

There are many more strengths as well as agreed action points which the inspectors identified within the full inspection report which can be downloaded here.

Headteacher Mrs Audrey May commented, ‘We are delighted that this reports recognises many of the achievements of our school pupils and our whole community.  As a new Catholic all-through school the report recognises the remarkable progress we have made in recent years throughout a period of significant change while our children’s and young people’s achievements have continually improved.  It also recognises, as we do, that we need to continually focus on improvement and ensure the best outcomes for our learners.  I am particularly delighted that the report recognises how wonderful our children and young people are, in their behaviour and positive attitudes, their respectful relationships and in their attainments and achievements.  I would like to thank our pupils, parents, staff and partners for helping the inspectors throughout their week here and congratulate them on this very positive report.’

S2 Ski Trip – Website

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Curriculum News

We’ve made some recent updates to our Curriculum News section.  Please click on the ‘Curriculum News’ link on the menu above to find out more.

Anti Bullying Strategy – Leaflets for Pupils and Parents

We have some very useful and informative support leaflets now available to download.

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In order to become a Rights Respecting School, children’s rights must be learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted throughout the community.

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Term 2 Newsletter 2013

Term 2 Newsletter 2013 - Click on the link to download a copy of the St John’s RC Academy Term 2 – 2013 – newsletter.

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Perth & Kinross Spirit of Youth Awards 2013

Congratulations to all our St John’s RC Academy award winners and nominees!

It was great to see so many individuals and groups being recognised for their hard work, commitments, volunteering and personal achievements. Read more