CI Report – clean sweep in ‘very good’ category

CI Report – clean sweep in ‘very good’ category

8th December, 2016

School Event

Following the final phase of a rigorous and thorough inspection cycle, involving Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, Merchiston is delighted to have received the latest report from the Care Inspectorate. Information regarding the Education Scotland report can be found here

Being a boarding school means that we have additional responsibilities of care over and above that of a standard day school. We are therefore delighted that the latest inspection report highlights that staff in the boarding houses have developed very positive, caring relationships with pupils.

From this inspection, the following grades were received:

Quality of Care and Support: 5 – Very Good
Quality of Environment: 5 – Very Good
Quality of Staffing: 5 – Very Good
Quality of Management and Leadership: 5 – Very Good

These grades, coming so quickly on the heels of our positive Education Scotland inspection, are a great tribute to the whole school community. Peter Hall, Senior Deputy Head, said: “I am delighted that this Care Inspection report reflects confidently the positive changes and developments in the School over the past two years”.

Some highlights from the report under each quality indicator are detailed below:

Quality of Care and Support

‘‘The impact of the introduction of restorative practice across the school was already having a positive impact for boys. This approach had resulted in boys feeling respected, treated fairly and encouraged them to take responsibility for their own actions.’’

 Quality of Environment

‘‘Feedback from young people assured us they felt safe and comfortable within the residences.’’

‘‘The new astro turf area, with floodlights, was proving to be very popular with boys as this enabled them to access a range of sports in all weathers.’’

Quality of Staffing

‘‘It was evident that training in restorative practice had resulted in staff adopting a different approach, and was influencing a change of culture, in relation to supporting the emotional needs of pupils. We observed that staff in the boarding houses had developed very positive, caring relationships with pupils.’’

Quality of Management and Leadership

‘‘Roles and responsibilities were clearly defined and were clearly impacting on the vision and cultural change within the school’.’

Alan Johnston, Deputy Head Pupil Support and Child Protection Co-ordinator*, commented: “The positive engagement of pupils, staff, governors and parents has led to an unrelenting focus on the happiness, safety and wellbeing of each pupil.  This will continue to underpin our ongoing improvement agenda.”

Andrew Hunter, Headmaster commented: “We are delighted with the findings in this report, which confirm the very strong progress the School has made over the past year. We have appreciated the collaborative support of the Care Inspectorate in helping to bring about the positive change of culture and have robust systems in place and highly motivated and well-qualified staff to ensure we continue to build on this very strong report.”


We are inspected by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate on a regular basis. You can read (and download) the Education Scotland Reports here and the Care Inspectorate Reports here

* The Child Protection Co-ordinator has responsibility for implementing safeguarding and child protection in all areas of School life and works closely with staff, the Headmaster, the Senior Deputy Head and the specially appointed Child Protection Governor.

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