Top marks for Scoil Ailbhe boys school in Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Eoin Kelleher

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Top marks for Scoil Ailbhe boys school in Thurles, Co. Tipperary

A new report has found that Scoil Ailbhe in Thurles provides a “very good” level of quality in teaching and learning.

Scoil Ailbhe is a boys’ primary school which operates under the Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

A Dept. of Education inspector carried out a Whole School Evaluation (WSE) on the school from December 4th to the 6th last year, examining all aspects of teaching and learning. The report was published on April 11th.

All schools are subject to such regular inspections to ensure compliance with national standards.

The inspector noted that Scoil Ailbhe has an “Administrative Principal”, seven mainstream class teachers and six special education teachers (SETs). One SET post is shared with another local school. Enrolment has improved steadily in recent years and, at the time of the evaluation, there were 180 pupils enrolled. Overall, pupils’ attendance levels are very good. The school is using “positive intervention strategies to improve the attendance levels of a small group of pupils”.

The key findings of the report are: “The quality of pupils’ learning is very good, overall. Overall, the quality of teaching is good; further refinement of team-teaching initiatives and language provision for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) is required. A commendable range of assessment strategies is used to evaluate and improve pupils’ learning. The quality of support for pupils’ well-being is excellent. The overall quality of leadership and management is of a very high standard. The school has engaged effectively in the school self-evaluation (SSE) process.”

Full report in next week's Tipperary Star.