Education

Ensuring children’s wellbeing is a strength of the school. All children and young people are valued, cared for, respected and included without prejudice or judgement
(Education Scotland Report, 2018)

Following an inspection by Education Scotland in April 2018, we received a very positive report, with the following evaluations:

  • Leadership of change – good
  • Learning, teaching and assessment – good
  • Raising attainment and achievement – good
  • Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion – very good

A number of key strengths of the school were highlighted, including:

  • A range of strong, positive partnerships with the local community schools, groups and businesses. ‘These are providing meaningful and important opportunities for children and young people to learn and achieve in different contexts and develop important skills for life and work’
  • A ‘very effective key worker approach’ and good sharing of information across care and education. ‘This ensures that children’s and young people’s needs are well known across all aspects of life at school’
  • The input of a psychotherapist and speech and language therapist is beginning to enhance teachers’ skills and understanding of children’s and young people’s anxieties, as well as helping children and young people to become more resilient
  • Children and young people have a voice in school matters and develop leadership and communication skills through the pupil council and improving the environment as eco warriors
  • Harmeny’s clear focus on inclusion and its successful track record in transitioning children and young people into local mainstream schools

The report found that Harmeny

“places a strong emphasis on positive relationships and a nurturing ethos to support children and young people to be more engaged in learning. Staff know the pastoral needs of children and young people very well. Teachers and education support teams work hard to develop children’s and young people’s confidence and resilience so that they are ready to learn and interact positively with their peers.”

Download a copy of our most recent Education Scotland Inspection Report