INSPECTORS have given Our Lady’s High School the thumbs-up following a visit to the Motherwell school.
In their report, published by Education Scotland, they praised pupils and staff at the school and said they were very satisfied with the overall quality of provision.
Key strengths identified during the inspectors’ visit included respectful, well behaved pupils who achieved well across an impressive range of activities.
Senior pupils were described as outstanding role models and headteacher Kathleen Sinclair and her senior management team were praised for their leadership.
Inspectors were also impressed by the staff’s strong approach to pastoral care, work with young people for whom English was a second language and links with co-located Bothwellpark High School which caters for pupils with additional support needs.
Mrs Sinclair said: “I am very pleased with this report. I feel that the inspectors managed to capture much of the life and great ethos within our school.
“It is a fitting testament to all of the hard work undertaken in Our Lady’s High School and the dedication of our staff.
“This work, in supporting our young people achieving their best, is a joint effort and involves all staff, parents and carers as well as a wide variety of partners in and around the Motherwell community.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone associated with the school for their hard work preparing for, and during, the inspection - as well as their daily dedication to our school.
“I am particularly pleased that the pupils have been recognised for their achievements and pride in their school and that our senior pupils are described as outstanding role models.
“The recognition of the impact which the staff have on the pastoral care of pupils and the promotion of our Gospel values are also highlighted as key strengths. This too is a wonderful commendation of our school.
“We will continue to work hard and drive up standards in Our Lady’s High School, as we deliver our Curriculum for Excellence. We look forward to celebrating many successes in the years ahead.”
Councillor Jim Logue, North Lanarkshire Council convener of learning and leisure services, said: “I’d like to congratulate the pupils, parents and staff of Our Lady’s High School for achieving such a positive inspection report.
“Everyone associated with the school should be very proud that their commitment, hard work and dedication has been recognised by HMIe.”