Staff, students and management at a local school have received a glowing report in a recent evaluation by the Department of Education.
Around 160 students attend Kilkenny City Vocational School, located on New Street. The secondary school was inspected over four days late last October, and the process involved interviews and meetings with students, teachers and parents, as well as observation of lessons, questionnaires, and examination of work.
The final report is one of the best issued by the Department. It describes an exemplary and efficiently-functioning institution of learning and place of work.
Among its main findings, the report notes that school management is 'highly effective' in progressing positive changes in the school 'through a proactive partnership approach that enables student learning to occur within a holistic environment'.
“Teachers are exceptionally committed and work diligently to provide a high level of care and support for students; through post of responsibility duties and an extensive range of additional leadership roles they make a significant contribution to the school,” finds the report.
There was also praise for the quality of teaching and learning in the school, with lessons deemed 'very good' in the majority of cases, 'good' in some, and 'satisfactory' in others. Student behaviour, courtesy, and engagement also proved a great credit to the school, described as 'excellent' by the report.
“The culture in the school is one of self-evaluation, improvement, collaboration, innovation and creativity in teaching, learning and student support,” the report says.
Recommendations arising from the evaluation process include a call for a review of the configuration and roles of the senior management team at the school. The report also says teachers should further develop assessment for learning (AfL) practices.
The Board of Management at KCVS has said it is delighted with the 'exceptionally positive' Whole School Evaluation, Management, Leadership and Learning Report.