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Standards and Quality Report

 Welcome to our self-evaluation report for Session 2011-12. We have evaluated our performance and progress using the quality indicators in “How Good is Our School”. 


 The School in Context    

The school in context
Drumlanrig St. Cuthbert's Primary School is situated in the south of the town of Hawick.  The school population is from a wide catchment area,
serving the southern part of Hawick and its hinterland.  The school caters for pupils from Nursery to Primary 7 i.e. three to twelve year old pupils. 

The Building
The building, which was opened in 1960, has a split-level design on three floors with separate access for different classes. In addition to the classrooms, there are two halls (with a stage), a GP room, computer suite and a Library. New doors have been fitted in the rooms in the main entrance which has also been decorated as have the conference room and headteacher office.

 School Grounds
The playground consists of 3 main areas and is supervised by 2 members of staff. The front of the school is used by P1-4 and has a mixture of grass and tarmac areas. The side of the school is a small area which P5 may use. The back of the school is for children in P5-7 and is divided into a large football / sports play area, a quiet area and a level playing area with a climbing wall. The Nursery children and Out of School Club also use the area at the rear of the school. The gardening club maintain the garden areas and tubs around the school.

School Roll
During the session the roll fluctuated but we ended the year with 282 pupils and 63 children in the Nursery.

 Class Organisation
The classes were organised into 12 classrooms. For session 2011/12 the classes were organised into: P1, P1, P1/2, P2/3, P3, P3/4, P4, P5, P5/6, P6, P7, P7.

There are 12 class teachers and a Nursery teacher. There is 1 PE teacher, 1 Music teacher and 2 Primary Curriculum Support Teachers who cover classes to provide teachers with their non-contact time. The management team consists of 1 Headteacher, 1 Depute Headteacher and 1 Principal teacher. There is 1 classroom assistant and 4 Additional Needs Assistants. There are 2 Nursery Nurses and 1 Senior Nursery Nurse.

The Depute Headteacher returned from maternity leave in October 3 days a week and one of the teachers started her maternity leave in October. Her job share took on the class full time.

Additional Funding
The parent council have held several fund raising events over the year. This has allowed us to buy additional books for the library, support class trips and purchase playground equipment.

Parent Council and Drumlanrig Out of School Club (DOOSC)
The school has a very active and supportive parent council which is supported by our 3 local councillors. The parent council is referred to as Friends of Drumlanrig School (FODS). The chair person is Mrs M Wood.

We have a successful partnership with Drumlanrig Out of School Club (DOOSC), which offers wrap-around care for 3-12 year old children.  


Summary of consultations with parents and pupils about our strengths and areas for improvement.

Throughout the year parents are informed about events, issues and developments through newsletters, website and information sheets and invited to respond on a number of issues. The parent council provide very effective feedback on strengths and areas for development, including views on specific areas of development linked to the school improvement plan. Feedback is also obtained from parents at parent nights and from PLP comments. A very successful ‘Big Parade’ was organised and excellent feedback on the Vision 2014 Year of Sport activities was received. Parents responded recently to a survey on communication which included aspects where parents are engaged in supporting their child’s learning. A sample of pupils were invited to meet with the Headteacher for ‘Chat ‘n’ Snack’ in order to gather their views. Pupil’s also shared their views through the pupil council and eco committee meetings. 


 Evaluation of Progress


  • How well do children learn and achieve?

QI 1.1 Improvements in Performance:   QI 2.1 Learner’s Experiences:

Existing Strengths

·   P7 & Hawick High School writing moderation - staff were able to discuss their programmes and success criteria so they can have a shared understanding of levels and expectations

·   The school continues to provide many opportunities for wider achievement through after school activities and events and activities related to Vision 2014 – Year of Sport

·   Continued pupil progress with reading

·   Teachers providing more opportunities for active and collaborative learning


·   Writing folios / P7 profiles / writing tracking sheets

·   Prizegiving programme / achievement profiles / achievement bulletins / achievement tracking sheets

·   Annual reading age results / reading records

·   Minutes of chat n snack / Survey Monkey results / classroom observation records

Priorities for future development

·   Thinking Skills will be implemented.

·   Review personal learning planning

·   Implement new tracking sheets for Writing, Maths and Reading

·   Build Enterprise and Outdoor learning into planning

·   Further develop use of Assessment is For Learning strategies through Tapestry project

·   P7 &  Hawick High School Numeracy moderation

  • How well does the school support children to develop and learn?

QI 5.1 The Curriculum:   QI 5.3 Meeting Learning Needs:

Existing Strengths

·    Diagnostic testing of spelling to meet children’s needs

·    Impact of Reading Recovery programme with selected children  

·    New inter-disciplinary plans allow learning through contexts and opportunities to apply learning

·    Literacy programme ensures breadth of learning and progression of skills

·    Vision 2014 Year of Sport – increased opportunities to promote health and wellbeing

·    Multi agency support for individuals through MAC (Meeting Around the Child) approach


·    Annual spelling age results / writing folios

·    Reading records / Annual reading age results

·    Planning folders / classroom observations

·    Writing folios / Tracking sheets for writing

·    Vision 2014 healthy passports

·    MAC action plans and minutes

Priorities for future development

·    Implement new Social Subjects and Science programmes and relevant assessment strategies.

·    Support staff to use the Religious & Moral Education Experiences & Ooutcomes

·    Implement revised Maths programme

·    Increase opportunities for wider achievement throughout the school.

·    Vision 2014 Year of Industry

  • How well does the school improve the quality of its work

QI 5.9: Self Evaluation:

Existing Strengths

·    Successful pilot involving staff in Quality Assurance & Moderation (QA&M) of inter-disciplinary planning

·    Staff engagement in peer observations

·    Staff engagement in self evaluation using Journey to Excellence (J2E) examples

·    CPD (Continuous Professional Development) linked to school priorities through effective PRDs (Professional Review & Development)

·    Involvement in Learning Community development work   


·    Minutes of QA&M department meetings

·    Peer observation records

·    J2E evaluations

·    Programme of locality run CPD

·    Learning Community standards and quality report

Priorities for future development

·    Roll out pilot of QA&M of planning to all staff

·    Implement new tracking procedures

·    Increase opportunities for moderation across departments


  • What is our capacity for improvement?

We are confident we have made improvements in: 

  • Developing the use of Thinking Skills throughout the school
  • Our Numeracy and Maths programme to promote active learning
  • Transition arrangements for P7 to HHS with a shared understanding of Literacy levels.
  • The experiences and outcomes for Science and Social Subjects. Inter disciplinary learning.

·         Health and Wellbeing through our Vision 2014 project and the Year of Sports

  • Meeting the needs of the lowest 20%

Next year we plan to:

·   Provide high quality learning experiences for pupils through further development of a curriculum for excellence

·   Improving Health and Wellbeing to ensure the needs of all pupils are met through effective engagement with parents and partners in the community.

·   Develop leadership for learning across the school including engagement with parents and key partners.