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Education / New halls of residence given good feedback from inspectors

Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

THE NEW Anderson High School halls of residence has been given a positive report from inspectors.

The Lerwick accommodation facility, which opened in 2017, was rated as ‘good’ in quality of care and support and quality of staffing.

The new 'Anderson High School Halls of Residence' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsThe halls during the construction phase. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

The halls of residence was inspected by the Care Inspectorate on 29 May, with a return visit made on 17 June.

Inspectors praised the halls of residence for regular one-to-one sessions with key workers and young people, as well as “well established, and effective, transitions for junior high school children”.

They also noted that youngsters had access a range of facilities within the service, with young people encouraged and supported to attend clubs and interests in the community. There are also regular activities held throughout the year.

Inspectors also said that the new environment was “outstanding” and of an “extremely high standard”.

While there were no formal recommendations or requirements, inspectors suggested that staff could develop care plans to incorporate wellbeing indicators, and that they could ensure regular full team meetings with catering staff as well as regular care team meetings.

They also said that staff could consider re-establishing the peer mentoring service between older and younger pupils.

The halls of residence offer accommodation for pupils aged between 12 and 18 who attend the nearby Anderson High School.