Quality indicators help schools, education authorities and inspectors to judge what is
good and what needs to be improved in the work of the school. You can find these
quality indicators in the publication How good is our school?1. Following the inspection
of each school, the Scottish Government gathers evaluations of three important quality
indicators to keep track of how well all Scottish schools are doing.
Here are the evaluations for Galashiels Academy.
Improvements in performance
Learners’ experiences
Meeting learning needs
weak
satisfactory
weak
We also evaluated the following aspects of the work of the school.
The curriculum
Improvement through self-evaluation
satisfactory
satisfactory
A copy of the full letter is available on the Education Scotland website at
http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/reports/school/primsec/Ga
lashielsAcademyScottishBorders.asp.
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How good is our school? The Journey to Excellence: part 3, HM Inspectorate of Education, 2007,
http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/HowgoodisourschoolJtEpart3_tcm4-684258.pdf
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Transforming lives through learning
A sample of parents, children and young people, and all members of staff were invited to give their views of the school using a pre-inspection questionnaire. Their views informed the inspection process, including the nature of discussions in a number of
meetings. Strengths and issues identified were explored by the inspection team, and the findings are included in the inspection report. The following information gives the statistical detail from those that returned questionnaires.
Parent Questionnaire Summary
Q13
Q12
Q11
Q10
Q9
Q8
Q7
Q6
Percentage %
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Q7
Q8
Q9
Q10
Q11
Q12
Q13
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
The school helps my child to be more confident.
My child enjoys learning at school.
My child’s learning is progressing well.
My child is encouraged and stretched to work to the best of their ability.
The school keeps me well informed about my child’s progress.
My child feels safe at school.
My child is treated fairly at school.
I feel staff really know my child as an individual and support them well.
My child benefits from school clubs and activities provided outside the classroom.
The school asks for my views.
The school takes my views into account.
The school is well led.
Overall, I am happy with the school.
School
Note: Will not always sum to 100% due to rounding
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Don’t Know
Not Answered
Disagree &
Strongly
Disagree
School
National
Strongly
Agree &
Agree
100%
Not
Answered
80%
Don’t Know
60%
Strongly
Disagree
40%
Disagree
20%
Agree
Q5
Q4
Q3
Q2
Q1
0%
Galashiels Academy
5619734
250
71
28%
Strongly
Agree
Centre Name
SEED Number
Quest. Issued
Quest. Input
Response Rate
21%
23%
24%
23%
17%
24%
28%
24%
24%
11%
11%
23%
21%
63%
66%
61%
52%
44%
70%
63%
46%
34%
48%
35%
56%
61%
8%
7%
8%
13%
31%
3%
6%
14%
28%
28%
23%
10%
14%
1%
1%
0%
1%
7%
0%
1%
3%
6%
8%
6%
3%
4%
6%
3%
7%
11%
1%
3%
1%
8%
4%
1%
23%
6%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
4%
4%
3%
3%
3%
0%
85%
89%
85%
75%
61%
94%
92%
70%
58%
59%
46%
79%
82%
10%
8%
8%
14%
38%
3%
7%
17%
34%
37%
28%
13%
18%
Pupil Questionnaire Summary
Centre Name
SEED Number
Quest. Issued
Quest. Input
Response Rate
Galashiels Academy
5619734
220
213
97%
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
Note: Will not always sum to 100% due to rounding
Q11
National
Q12
National
Q13
National
Q14
National
Q15
National
Q16
National
Q17
National
Q18
School
National
National
School
School
School
School
School
School
School
School
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Don’t Know
Not Answered
Disagree &
Strongly
Disagree
School
National
The school is helping me to become more confident.
I enjoy learning at school.
I am getting along well with my school work.
Staff encourage me to do the best I can.
Staff talk to me regularly about how to improve my learning.
I get help when I need it.
Staff listen to me and pay attention to what I say.
I have a say in making the way we learn in school better.
Staff expect me to take responsibility for my own work in class.
Staff and pupils treat me fairly and with respect.
I feel safe and cared for in school.
I have adults in school I can speak to if I am upset or worried about something.
I find it easy to talk to staff and they set a good example.
Staff make sure that pupils behave well.
Staff are good at dealing with bullying behaviour.
The pupil council is good at getting improvements made in the school.
The school encourages me to make healthy-food choices.
I take part in out-of-class activities and school clubs.
I know what out-of-school activities and youth groups are available in my local area.
Strongly
Agree &
Agree
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Q7
Q8
Q9
Q10
Q11
Q12
Q13
Q14
Q15
Q16
Q17
Q18
Q19
School
National
Not
Answered
School
Don’t Know
100%
Strongly
Disagree
80%
Disagree
60%
Agree
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Q7
Q8
Q9
40%
National
Q19
Q10
20%
Strongly
Agree
Percentage %
0%
11%
16%
28%
23%
10%
28%
17%
6%
39%
21%
21%
29%
21%
19%
13%
4%
11%
26%
24%
62%
68%
69%
58%
38%
54%
57%
31%
56%
53%
56%
45%
58%
50%
37%
20%
36%
27%
45%
18%
11%
3%
12%
41%
15%
18%
40%
1%
15%
15%
15%
13%
21%
22%
33%
32%
28%
19%
4%
3%
0%
3%
8%
1%
5%
16%
0%
5%
3%
3%
3%
7%
16%
22%
14%
15%
7%
5%
1%
0%
3%
3%
1%
1%
7%
3%
6%
5%
9%
4%
4%
13%
20%
6%
2%
5%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
0%
1%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
1%
1%
1%
73%
84%
96%
81%
48%
82%
75%
37%
95%
74%
77%
74%
79%
69%
49%
24%
47%
54%
69%
22%
15%
3%
15%
49%
16%
23%
56%
1%
20%
18%
17%
16%
27%
38%
55%
46%
43%
25%
Teacher Questionnaire Summary
Galashiels Academy
5619734
94
65
69%
Q20
Q19
Q18
Q17
Q16
Q15
Q14
Q13
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Q7
Q8
Q9
Q10
Q11
Q12
Q13
Q14
Q15
Q16
Q17
Q18
Q19
Q20
Staff regularly discuss how to improve achievement for all pupils at both stage and wholeschool level.
All pupils are given activities which meet their learning needs.
Pupils are involved in setting learning targets.
Pupils are provided with regular feedback on what they need to do to improve.
Pupils are provided with opportunities to evaluate their own work and that of others.
Staff regularly ask for pupils’ views on how their learning experiences could be improved.
Pupils take an active part in their learning.
Staff treat all pupils equally.
Staff and pupils respect each other.
The pupils are well behaved.
Support for pupils with additional support needs is effective.
Parents are fully involved in the school and their children’s learning.
I have been actively involved in developing the school’s vision and values.
I am actively involved in setting priorities to improve the school.
I have regular opportunities to help shape the curriculum by having staff discussions and
working groups.
I am aware of the school’s procedures for protecting children.
Leadership at all levels is effective.
Staff communicate effectively with each other.
I have good opportunities to take part in continuing professional development.
Staff across the school share good practice.
Note: Will not always sum to 100% due to rounding
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Don’t Know
Not Answered
DISCLOSURE CONTROL APPLIED
Disagree &
Strongly
Disagree
Q1
Strongly
Agree &
Agree
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
Percentage %
100%
Not
Answered
80%
Don’t Know
60%
Strongly
Disagree
40%
Disagree
20%
Agree
Q12
Q11
Q10
Q9
Q8
Q7
Q6
Q5
Q4
Q3
Q2
Q1
0%
Strongly
Agree
Centre Name
SEED Number
Quest. Issued
Quest. Input
Response Rate
32%
60%
2%
2%
3%
2%
92%
3%
18%
23%
42%
29%
3%
66%
58%
54%
54%
66%
9%
5%
0%
2%
15%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
14%
5%
14%
12%
2%
0%
0%
2%
3%
85%
82%
95%
83%
69%
9%
5%
0%
2%
15%
35%
55%
46%
26%
34%
15%
23%
26%
40%
62%
35%
43%
66%
48%
55%
46%
38%
43%
0%
8%
8%
5%
14%
11%
22%
25%
12%
0%
0%
0%
2%
0%
2%
3%
3%
3%
3%
2%
3%
0%
2%
17%
3%
6%
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
3%
0%
3%
2%
2%
97%
91%
89%
92%
82%
71%
69%
65%
83%
0%
8%
8%
6%
14%
12%
25%
28%
15%
63%
11%
20%
31%
26%
34%
32%
52%
43%
65%
2%
37%
25%
22%
2%
0%
15%
3%
0%
2%
2%
5%
0%
2%
3%
0%
0%
0%
3%
3%
97%
43%
72%
74%
91%
2%
52%
28%
22%
3%
Non-Teaching Questionnaire Summary
Galashiels Academy
5619734
18
14
78%
National
School
Q4
Q5
School
National
School
Q6
I have access to the information I need to carry out my work.
All staff and pupils respect each other.
Pupils are well behaved.
I am involved in staff discussions about how to achieve school priorities.
I have good opportunities to be involved in making decisions.
Staff communicate effectively with each other.
Staff treat all pupils equally.
Support for pupils with additional support needs is effective.
Parents are fully involved in the school and their children’s learning.
I am aware of the school’s procedures for protecting children.
Leadership at all levels is effective.
I have good opportunities to take part in training activities.
Note: Will not always sum to 100% due to rounding
School
National
School
Q8
School
Q9
National
Q10
Disagree &
Strongly
Disagree
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Q7
Q8
Q9
Q10
Q11
Q12
School
National
Q11
57%
0%
0%
7%
7%
0%
7%
21%
14%
43%
0%
7%
29%
43%
71%
21%
14%
14%
57%
57%
57%
50%
21%
71%
7%
29%
21%
50%
64%
50%
14%
7%
14%
0%
57%
7%
7%
14%
0%
14%
7%
29%
7%
0%
0%
0%
14%
14%
0%
14%
0%
7%
7%
7%
14%
14%
14%
7%
7%
0%
0%
0%
7%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
86%
43%
71%
29%
21%
14%
64%
79%
71%
93%
21%
79%
14%
43%
21%
64%
71%
79%
21%
7%
14%
0%
71%
21%
National
National
Q12
Strongly
Agree &
Agree
School
National
Q7
Percentage %
100%
Not
Answered
80%
Don’t Know
60%
Strongly
Disagree
40%
Disagree
20%
Agree
Q3
Q2
Q1
0%
Strongly
Agree
Centre Name
SEED Number
Quest. Issued
Quest. Input
Response Rate
School
National
School
National
School
National
School
National
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
DISCLOSURE CONTROL APPLIED
Strongly Disagree
Don’t Know
Not Answered
Additional inspection evidence
Selected attainment information
Inspectors use this information together with a wide range of other information gathered
during the inspection to evaluate and report on young people’s overall achievement. It helps
inspectors and schools to understand how successful young people are in SQA
qualifications compared to young people nationally and to those in other schools which serve
young people with similar needs and backgrounds1. However, this is only one aspect of
young people’s achievement, and it is only by blending these results with a wide range of
other information, including achievement in the four capacities of curriculum for excellence2,
the quality of learning in lessons and other activities, the impact of the curriculum, and the
extent to which learning needs are being met, that a well-informed evaluation of
achievement can be made. You can find this evaluation of young people’s overall
achievement in the report on the school, published on this website.
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels:
7: Advanced Higher at A-C/CSYS at A-C
6: Higher at A-C
5: Intermediate 2 at A-C; Standard Grade at 1-2
4: Intermediate 1 at A-C; Standard Grade at 3-4
3: Access 3 Cluster; Standard Grade at 5-6
Percentage of relevant S4 roll gaining awards by end of S4
2011
87
96
93
20123
90
97
94
English and Mathematics
@ Level 3
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools1
National
2010
87
97
93
5+ @ Level 3 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
89
96
92
87
96
93
91
97
94
5+ @ Level 4 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
70
85
78
75
82
79
74
85
80
5+ @ Level 5 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
33
41
36
34
41
36
30
43
37
Percentage of relevant S4 roll gaining awards by end of S5
2011
72
87
81
20123
77
86
82
5+ @ Level 4 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools1
National
2010
77
83
80
5+ @ Level 5 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
51
55
49
45
59
51
49
57
52
1+ @ Level 6 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
45
51
43
34
51
45
43
51
47
3+ @ Level 6 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
27
32
25
19
30
26
26
29
27
5+ @ Level 6 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
10
13
11
6
14
12
8
13
13
2011
53
60
53
20123
48
63
55
Percentage of relevant S4 roll gaining awards by end of S6
5+ @ Level 5 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools1
National
2010
50
55
50
1+ @ Level 6 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
50
52
47
51
58
50
43
58
52
3+ @ Level 6 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
37
37
33
38
43
35
31
44
37
5+ @ Level 6 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
26
25
22
26
31
24
22
30
26
1+ @ Level 7 or better
Galashiels Academy
Comparator schools
National
12
16
15
15
18
16
14
19
16
More attainment information and other statistics for this school can be found on the Scottish
Schools Online Website http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/
1 The comparator schools taken into account in HMIE’s evaluations are those schools (up to 20) which are statistically close enough to the school in terms of the key
characteristics of the school population.
2 The four capacities are successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, effective contributors.
3 2012 Pre Appeal
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