Moneystown National School

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Whole School Evaluation 2013

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I am delighted to inform you that the final  report of the whole school evaluation carried out by Ms. Ursula Cotter, Department of Education Inspector, in April 2013 is now available on the Department of Education website.  The evaluation praises the high academic standards, the quality of supports for pupils, the culture of learning and the commendable dynamic and proactive leadership of the school.

The evaluation was conducted over a number of days during which the inspector visited classrooms and observed teaching and learning. Ms Cotter interacted with pupils and teachers, examined pupils' work, and interacted with the class teachers. She reviewed school planning documentation, teachers' written preparation, and responses to questionnaires.  Meetings were conducted with the school's board of management, in-school management, teachers, parents and pupils. 

In summary the report found a very positive learning climate was nurtured in the school. Teachers demonstrate high standards of teaching and use a wide variety of teaching approaches and resources very effectively. They  have high expectations of the pupils and an excellent work ethic is promoted in  each classroom. Teachers display a high level of commitment to ongoing assessment and  to whole-school and individual reflection.   Provision for the diversity of needs presented by pupils is of exceptionally high standard. It reflects considerable effort on the part of the principal, the staff and the school Board of Management to promote inclusiveness in all aspects of teaching and learning in the school and, in so doing, to access and use effectively all available supports. The school's approach in this regard is an exemplar of good practice.

Excellent links have been created between the school and the wider community and the  school is central to the life of the local area.  The school building provides a safe, supportive and attractive learning environment.   The Board of Management and the Parents Association are very active in the school, are very supportive of the staff and pupils and contribute significantly to the development of our  school.  

 The challenge for our school into the future is to maintain the high standards currently being achieved.   The report observed that a culture of self-evaluation and planning for improvement is purposefully promoted in our school. Cognisant of this fact, the management and staff plan to use the WSE report constructively to inform the self evaluation process currently established in Moneystown National School and align our curricular, organisational and pastoral priorities for  the years ahead.

We invite you to review the report in full by clicking HERE.

Le Meas,

Sarah Curran