You must do better

From the Evening Times

Education bosses have promised to continue to support a failing Glasgow primary school criticised by inspectors.

Glasgow City Council spent £6.6million setting up Miller Primary, Castlemilk, three years ago.

Despite repeated criticism, teachers and administrators have failed to make improvements to bring the school up to standard.

A new report, based on an inspection carried out last November, contains further criticism.

It says that while attainment in writing has been boosted slightly, attendance is below average, pupils’ attainment in reading and maths is poor, and the school lacks direction.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education praised Glasgow City Council for giving “considerable support” to the school, but said this support is not being used effectively.

The curriculum was criticised and the inspectors said the school still lacked a sense of direction while the head teacher was criticised for not providing clear leadership to staff.

Miller Primary was first put under the microscope by experts in 2009 and rated “unsatisfactory” and “weak”.

Inspectors said they would revisit the school to ensure improvements were being made, but these have not been forthcoming.

Glasgow education bosses said today they would continue to monitor Miller Primary.

And in a letter to head teacher Linda Sommerville, seen by the Evening Times, head of education Maureen McKenna said she would be keeping a close eye on the school.

The letter said: “As you know, I am disappointed by this report. I had expected more progress by this stage. I will be closely monitoring your progress.”

The school’s first report, released in January 2009, gave Miller four “weak” ratings and one “unsatisfactory” rating – the lowest possible.

Inspectors were so concerned they arranged a follow-up inspection, but the results of that investigation showed Miller had failed to improve.

The school, which is a merger between Tormusk and Windlaw primaries, is on the same campus as Castlemilk Family Learning Centre.

 

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