Education Scotland praise key strengths at Eyemouth High

Pupils in a high school cafeteria

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2019

The Education Scotland report on Eyemouth High School released on 12 March has acknowledged a number of key strengths across the school.

During their visit to the East Berwickshire school in January, a team of inspectors talked to parents, carers and young people, and worked closely with the headteacher and his staff.

Read the Education Scotland report for Eyemouth High School

Eyemouth High success stories

Inspectors found a number of strengths in the school’s work including a very positive climate for learning in all curriculum areas. Almost all young people were motivated to achieve well and were working successfully with their teachers.

Guided effectively by the senior leadership team, staff were demonstrating clear commitment to improving the learning experiences of all young people.

They were taking part in considerable professional learning which included:

  • working well in a motivated learning and teaching improvement group
  • using carefully-selected educational research to develop their knowledge and skills

Inspectors noted that the school was providing young people with a wide range of opportunities to help them achieve success. Effective partnership working was providing support for targeted groups of young people who face potential barriers to their learning. This has led to these young people engaging more positively in their learning.

Eyemouth High areas for improvement

The few areas for improvement identified by Inspectors are currently being addressed. These include:

  • developing more consistency in the quality of learning and teaching
  • continuing to develop the senior phase curriculum so that it provides appropriate and varied pathways for all young people
  • increasing opportunities for young people to attain well

Staff are also using information from regular tracking and monitoring activities carefully to ensure that each young person is placed on an appropriate level of course.

Robin Chapman, Eyemouth High School Headteacher

“This report recognises the significant hard work which has been put in by our pupils, staff, parents and partners to provide the warm, rich and challenging environment which has been our focus over the last few years. With a commitment to the very best learning in and out of lessons, we are confident to see the school continue to improve and encourage our young people to thrive, gaining the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualities they need to be successful in their future journeys. Inspectors had particular praise is our Chill ‘n’ Chat Café, run by young people, where learners are building their life skills, confidence and self-worth but I am proud of all our achievements which the report highlights and grateful for the significant support Eyemouth High School receives from its community.”

Wendy Brocker-Penalver, Eyemouth High Parent Council Chair

“I was delighted to read the summarised inspection findings report, which reflects the hard work and dedication of all the staff and pupils at Eyemouth High School.

“The report highlights, as anyone who has visited our school will recognise, that the school has a positive climate for learning, that our young people are well mannered and well behaved; and that they feel safe at our school and are enthusiastic about the wide range of opportunities afforded them. 

“I would like to commend every member of staff at Eyemouth High for their continued hard work and commitment in making our school a safe and caring environment of excellent learning, opportunity and achievement.”

Inspectors are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve and no further visits in connection with this inspection will be made.