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A Word from Mrs Rodger, Head Teacher

16 April 2018

Looking Back, Looking Forward
The weather may have been disappointing this Easter, but I hope that everyone in the Knox school community has had an enjoyable and restful break regardless. Our senior pupils will, hopefully, have managed to balance their studies with social activities and will return to school motivated and confident about the SQA exams which begin on Monday 30 April. For our junior pupils, the term ahead will be an exciting one with Activities Week in May. It was lovely to welcome pupils and staff back to school today and I wish everyone a very happy, fulfilling and successful summer term here at Knox Academy. For now, though, I’d like to share some news on events which took place in the last two weeks of the spring term and during the Easter holiday. 

HMI Continuing Engagement Visit
The long-awaited follow-up visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectors took place two weeks before the end of term. The HMI team comprised four inspectors: two who had been part of the team which carried out the full inspection in Nov/Dec 2016, including the managing inspector; and two who had not visited Knox Academy before. The focus of the visit was to see how far the school had progressed in the four Areas for Improvement identified in the 2016 inspection. Activities throughout the week included: classroom observations in Knox and Meadowpark; focus group meetings with pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and principal teachers; drop-in sessions for staff; individual meetings with senior management team members; walks round school and informal chat with pupils; scrutiny of data, policies and procedures. 

On the Friday afternoon, the SMT and our Quality Improvement Officer had a two-hour meeting with the HMI team to receive verbal feedback. I am delighted to say that I came out of that meeting feeling very happy and very proud indeed. The inspectors had seen significant progress in all Areas for Improvement and they are confident that the school has the capacity to continue improving. What was particularly pleasing is that the inspectors highlighted a number of strengths in the school. These include the clear strategic direction for the school and the shared values of the school community. Another strength is undoubtedly the Pupil Learning Team, which was described as ‘groundbreaking’ in the way it is enabling pupil voice to make a significant contribution to school improvement. Overall, what I am...

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