St. Anne’s Special School - Report

A SCHOOL inspector has found that St Anne’s Special School in Roscrea enjoys a “high profile” in the community and provides a very good standard of teaching in Drama.

A SCHOOL inspector has found that St Anne’s Special School in Roscrea enjoys a “high profile” in the community and provides a very good standard of teaching in Drama.

On 15 October last year, an inspector carried out an assessment of the quality of teaching and management in St Anne’s, as required by national guidelines. St Anne’s is a nine-teacher co-educational school catering for pupils with a moderate, severe or profound general learning disability, or with autism and a moderate general learning disability. Pupils are aged between four and eighteen years. Presently there are 48 pupils enrolled and attendance is good. The school is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Killaloe.

The following are the main strengths of the work of the school: “A warm, inclusive environment is cultivated within the school. The school enjoys a high profile in the community. Parents receive very good information on their child’s progress and are at ease in sharing their concerns with school personnel. The Social, Personal and Health Education programme is used consistently to promote a positive school climate where pupils’ success is consistently celebrated. Very good quality Drama lessons were observed during the evaluation. The following main recommendations are made: Curriculum leadership should be prioritised and whole-school approaches to teaching and learning should be discussed, recorded and implemented at whole school level. There should be greater planning for and teaching of specific language skills, and clear links should be established between oral, reading and writing activities in provision for Communication and Language. A more systematic approach to teaching and learning in Mathematics is required. This should include a greater emphasis on the use of social Mathematics and the explicit teaching of Mathematics skills.”

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