Glowing praise for Cumbernauld School

A CUMBERNAULD school which caters for pupils with a complex set of educational needs has had an uplifting finale to its academic year - after receiving a glowing report card from education watchdogs.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) has heaped praise on Glencryan School - after stating that the efforts of staff are making for “happy and confident young people who are enthusiastic about their learning.”

It was also stated that the staff had “very strong relationships” with the youngsters - who are of both primary and secondary age, and whose needs are thought to be best met outwith mainstream schools.

Some of the pupils require speech and language or occupational therapies, while physiotherapy is also available to pupils with a physical disability.

The report however has emphasised that the youngsters are in skilled hands at Grencryan despite any difficulties they might face in their education.

Inspectors praised the level of achievement in literacy, language and communication across the school - and the “outstanding vocational opportunities” which ably prepare the pupils for the world of work.

Head teacher Angela Moore and her senior management team were singled out after inspectors stated that “strong values of achievement and success” were evident throughout the school.

The one recommendation made by HMIe was that teachers continue to develop the curriculum, including a coherant senior phase of this programme. The inspectors will make no further visits to Glencryan.

A delighted Mrs Moore told the News and Chronicle: “Everything we do at Glencryan is centred around the needs of the learner and we are delighted that this was recognised so positively at the inspection.”

Glencryan is one of three ASN schools in Cumbernauld. The others are Redburn School in Greenfaulds and the Craighalbert Centre which caters for children with cerebral palsy.