26/11/18 – Positive Inspection Report for Newtownhamilton High
The Governors, staff, pupils and parents of Newtownhamilton High School are celebrating following the publication of a very positive inspection report after a visit from the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) in October 2018.
The inspection proceeded despite action short of strike from the teaching staff in relation to an on-going pay dispute. However, as the senior leadership team co-operated, evaluations were based on the evidence that was made available at the time of the inspection which identified the following key conclusions:
The responses from the pupil questionnaire were extremely positive with pupils reporting that they were happy and felt safe in school.
The questionnaires completed by non-teaching staff and parents were also very positive with the latter expressing appreciation for their children’s enjoyment of school within a caring and supportive learning environment.
The pupils are courteous and welcoming to visitors with a strong sense of pride for their school and community while also recognising the importance and advantage of working with others through Shared Education.
The outcomes for pupils in public examinations are a significant strength of the school with results for English and Mathematics significantly above the Northern Ireland average.
The curriculum provided is matched well to the pupils’ interests, abilities and career aspirations with pupils reporting that they were enthusiastic about their learning.
The leadership (including the Board of Governors) has a clear vision for the school and local community.
Reflecting on the report, Principal Neil Megaw stated “I am delighted with the contents of this document which provides further evidence that Newtownhamilton High School is very effective in meeting the needs of the community which we serve. While this report contains many positive comments, the most pleasing conclusion is that our pupils reported that they are happy and feel safe in school. I therefore thank all pupils, parents, staff and Governors for their contributions over recent years which has led to this positive outcome”.
A full copy of the report is available to download from the ETI website.