Head teacher at Renfrew's Trinity High praised by inspectors in positive school report

Head teacher Paul Marshall with two pupils
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The head teacher of a Renfrewshire secondary school has been praised for his “strong, compassionate leadership” which has resulted in the facility receiving a positive inspection report.

Education Scotland inspectors visited Trinity High School in Renfrew earlier this year and rated the Glebe Street secondary as ‘very good’ for its leadership and its ability to ensure wellbeing, equality and inclusion.

Being ranked as ‘good’ was the school’s learning, teaching and assessment and its ability in raising attainment and achievement.

Among its key strengths the report by the inspectors stated: “The strong, compassionate leadership of the head teacher is empowering staff to lead improvements across the school.

“He has led the whole school community to work together to develop and embed the very caring and nurturing ethos across the school, reflecting Gospel values.”

Another key strength noted was that approaches to supporting young people’s wellbeing is resulting in “young people who have a strong sense of belonging and feel valued at Trinity High School”.

To carry out the inspection the watchdog spoke to parents/carers and young people and worked closely with the head teacher and staff. Head teacher Paul Marshall was praised throughout the report.

It was noted he has been in the position for three years and is encouraging members of the senior leadership team (SLT) to take on areas of responsibility”.

Another key strength noted was that young people who require additional support in their learning are “well supported” and their support plans are monitored and evaluated on a regular basis.

As a result, they are achieving personal targets, the report suggests. Staff were also celebrated as it was observed they are “highly committed” to the development of wellbeing across the school and that the needs of young people are identified at an early stage.

Pupils told the inspectors they feel that within the supportive classroom environment they can “access teachers for advice and guidance”.

Inspectors observed young people are also “encouraged and supported” to recognise and respect diversity and to challenge discrimination. Pupils at the school were able to articulate clearly the importance of mutual respect and the dignity of the individual.

During the inspection, three areas for improvement were noted and were discussed with the head teacher and a representative from Renfrewshire Council.

These centred around attainment and preparing young people for life after school. It suggested closing the attainment gap and setting tasks at the right difficulty for each child should be priorities going forward.

Trinity High head teacher Mr Marshall said: “I am delighted with the recent report published and the positive comments evident throughout. It is a privilege to serve our school community.

“The dedicated staff, our wonderful young people, the support from our parents and carers, and ethos of the school make Trinity High School a special place to learn and work.”

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