Ardcroney National School has a “very good” standard of resources, according to a recently published Whole School Examination (WSE). A schools’ inspector visited the co-educational Catholic primary school on September 19, 2013.
There are 115 pupils enrolled, reflecting a “modest increase” in enrolment levels in recent years. Five mainstream class teachers, a fulltime learning support teacher and a fulltime resource teacher are based in the school. A shared resource teacher provides additional support for a small number of pupils. Attendance levels for pupils are “very good and high attendance for all pupils is strongly promoted”.
The key strengths are: “Accommodation and resources in the school are of a very good standard. The principal is highly effective in leading the school’s planning and developmental process and he is ably assisted by the deputy principal. Very good working relationships have been developed among the staff, the board of management, the parents and the pupils. The staff is committed to the provision of a high quality educational experience.
“Pupil attainment in the subject areas evaluated varies from high to very high standards. The school’s provision for pupils with special education needs is of a very good standard. The very positive relationships with pupils in the school are founded on a climate of mutual trust and self-respect. Parents and pupils, in their responses to questionnaires issued to them, express very high satisfaction with the school.”
The main recommendations include: “Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, should be considered to further enhance provision in the infant classroom. Consideration should be given to the organisation of in-class team and co-operative teaching methodologies involving the class teachers and the learning support teacher in the support of literacy and numeracy. The collection, analysis and presentation of data from a wider range of sources for school
self-evaluation purposes is recommended. It is recommended that teacher deployment and rotation be reviewed.”
In a statement, the board of managemenet said: “The school has employed the services of a web designer and he is in the process of designing a website in collaboration with the principal and the school staff.
“A computer application is being designed for to facilitate and enhance the communication between home and school. The school has purchased a wide range of differentiated reading materials and these will be used to embark on the Literacy Lift-Off programme.”