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Council / Education chair keen to ensure Sandwick inspection recommendations are ‘comprehensively achieved’

Davie Sandson. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

THE CHAIR of Shetland Islands Council’s education and families committee says “every step” will be taken to ensure Sandwick Junior High School meets recommendations set out by inspectors.

Councillor Davie Sandison said he will work closely with children’s services team and school staff to “ensure these recommendations are comprehensively achieved” when inspectors return in early 2023.

An improvement plan was put in place in 2019 following a critical inspection report.

While a number of strengths were noted, the school was deemed to be ‘weak’ in three out of four categories.

A return visit from inspectors took place last week, but they believe the school needs more time to take forward the four recommendations from the 2019 visit.

They relate to strategic leadership, curriculum, learning, teaching and assessment, and approaches to checking the progress of children.

“The education and families committee will get a full report on the Education Scotland findings,” Sandison said in a statement published on Friday.

“Their report from last week’s return visit is due to be published in August and therefore will come before education and families committee in September.

“I wish to reassure the community that every step will be taken to ensure this school meets the same high standards as those applicable to all schools in Shetland.”