On 19 September, we underwent an unannounced school inspection by the Care Inspectorate. They evaluated Merchiston on the following two areas: ‘How well do we support children and young people’s wellbeing?’ and ‘How well is our care and support planned?’, applying final grades of 5 and 4 respectively.
Merchiston successfully met the standards set in relation to the detailed evaluations of the following Care Inspectorate statements:
- Children and young people experience compassion, dignity and respect
- Children and young people get the most out of life
- Children and young people's health benefits from their care and support they experience
- Assessment and care planning reflect children and young people's needs and wishes
We are delighted that the Care Inspectorate confirmed what we, and our connected community, have understood for many years - that our pupils feel ‘safe, happy and comfortable in their boarding houses’. The report comments ‘We heard and saw examples of positive support being provided by staff across the boarding houses and saw consistent evidence of warm, supportive relationships. Pupils told us they felt that they were respected by their peers and by staff.’
We are proud of the progress made in the evaluated areas, and as a school, we are continually evolving and striving for the highest standards, so we are most grateful to the inspectors for identifying and quantifying areas for further improvement. Alongside the School Leadership Team, the whole staff body, and our community, I will continue to focus relentlessly on raising standards. We aim to ensure that all boys who attend Merchiston thrive in our caring community where they are treated as individuals and encouraged to pursue excellence in all they do.
Thank you to all the staff who participated in the discussions and to those who provided support to ensure a successful inspection.