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Friday 29 August 2014

CBS principal delighted by 'very positive' report

Margaret Roddy

Published 22/01/2014 | 05:20

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The Department of Education inspector noted that students ‘demonstrate high levels of motivation’ while the school was praised for early identification of those with special educational needs.

There was more good news for the Christian Brothers Primary School last week with a very positive report from the Department of Education Inspectors' whole-school evaluation.

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There was more good news for the Christian Brothers Primary School last week with a very positive report from the Department of Education Inspectors' whole-school evaluation.

This followed on from planning permission being granted for a new two-storey twelve classroom extension which will get under way this year.

Principal Michael Lambert welcomed the report which was very positive about the co-educational primary school which under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Armagh.

The inspection was carried out in September 2013 and the report noted that 'school enrolment has grown steadily throughout the last decade', withy 427 pupils enrolled across 16 mainstream classes.

'The quality of the work of the in-school management team is very good,' said the report. 'The principal's effective leadership and management skills are reflected in the provision of a learner-centred, well-ordered learning environment. He has successfully nurtured a collaborative, affirming culture within this school community. The principal is ably assisted by a dedicated and efficient deputy principal. Together they promote high standards in teaching and learning. Post holders' conscientious fulfilment of a suitable range of duties contributes significantly to the high quality of provision within the school. Staff members willingly take on additional duties and display high levels of commitment to the pupils and the school.'

It was also noted that: 'Pupils demonstrate high levels of motivation which is also reflected in the pupil questionnaires issued during the evaluation. Pupil participation in decision making processes is effectively facilitated through their involvement in the Green Schools programme and the pupils' council.'

The school's policy of early identification of pupils with special educational needs and the provision of support was praised as was the supplementary support for pupils who have English as an additional language, which it noted was 'characterised by conscientiousness and care'.

One problem which was highlighted was poor attendance among 'an identified cohort of pupils' and it was recommended that additional strategies be adopted to address this.

Mr. Lambert said this was something which they school was aware of and they were working with a number of outside agencies to help tackle the issue.

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