Top marks for Slemish College

Slemish College ICT teacher Mrs Scullion with pupil Duncan and some of the visitors to the open night who played computer games. INBT 06-815H
Slemish College ICT teacher Mrs Scullion with pupil Duncan and some of the visitors to the open night who played computer games. INBT 06-815H

Slemish College has once again been designated with the top award for educational provision when the Education Training Inspectorate recently conducted a full inspection.

Previously the College was inspected in 2009 when the overall findings were outstanding.

Photographed in the Slemish College Home Economics classroom during the open night was Miss Grant who gave out treats baked by students during the open night. INBT 06-816H

Photographed in the Slemish College Home Economics classroom during the open night was Miss Grant who gave out treats baked by students during the open night. INBT 06-816H

The recent report praises the high quality teaching and learning, stating that its effectiveness can be attributed to “well planned, innovative and engaging teaching strategies.” It also praised “high levels of enquiry-based pupil challenge; learning activities that allow pupils to access higher order thinking; and responsive and dialogue teaching where teachers pick up and respond to pupil learning through effective questioning, meaningful discussion and strong consolidation of learning.” Likewise Pastoral Care was again cited as an area of strength: “The quality of the arrangements for care and support is highly effective.”

With regard to performance, The ETI particularly highlighted English and English Literature, commending achievements at both GCSE and GCE A level which it said were “outstanding”, with the pupils “attaining outcomes consistently above the Northern Ireland (NI) average at both grades A* to C and at A* to B.” It was also noted that there were “excellent levels of pupil motivation and enthused engagement” in Physical Education and in Mathematics lessons “the pupils’ responses are challenged and their understanding is extended through skilful questioning and judicious use of information and communication technology (ICT).” Overall Slemish College was found to have a “high level of capacity for sustained improvement in the interest of all the learners,” reflecting the highly positive findings of the week long inspection.

Learning about food in the Home Economics department during the Slemish College open event. INBT 06-817H

Learning about food in the Home Economics department during the Slemish College open event. INBT 06-817H

Visitors to Slemish College open night watch as Dr Shephard gets her hand set on fire. INBT 06-818H

Visitors to Slemish College open night watch as Dr Shephard gets her hand set on fire. INBT 06-818H

Mrs McCaughey with pupil Julia show visitors to Slemish College open night how to burn design. INBT 06-819H

Mrs McCaughey with pupil Julia show visitors to Slemish College open night how to burn design. INBT 06-819H

Miss Averil, language teacher Slemish College with pupils and visitors to the open night who played a game of French bingo. INBT 06-820H

Miss Averil, language teacher Slemish College with pupils and visitors to the open night who played a game of French bingo. INBT 06-820H