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Mearns Castle high school has their “highly motivated” pupils to thank for an outstanding HMIE report.

This follows hot on the heels of a successful HMIE report for another local school — OLA primary.

The findings were released this week following an inspection in May and staff and pupils are now celebrating three “excellents” and two “very goods”.

Headteacher, Dean Smith —who was praised for his “outstanding leadership” — told The Extra: “I am keen to congratulate staff, pupils, parents and all the partner organisations involved who contribute to the day to day running of the school.

East Renfrewshire’s education convener, Councillor Alan Lafferty complemented the school on its success.

He said: “I am thrilled with Mearns Castle’s achievement.

“This confirms to me that the school has a very clear sense of direction because of the Mr Smith’s outstanding leadership and support from skilled deputes which has been widely acknowledged in the report”.

The school achieved an ‘excellent’ for improvements in performance, learners’ experiences and improvement through self-evaluation.

The two very goods were awarded for meeting learning needs and the curriculum.

Among the strengths of the school, the inspectors highlighted that the pupils are highly motivated learners with high aspirations and work together very well on tasks which require them to think creatively.

Their effective use of information and communications technology, including digital cameras and electronic voting systems was said to demonstrate their learning.

Most of the pupils are developing new skills and interests through the wide range of sports and other activities on offer, including music, drama, debating and art — and the hard work is working as the school performs consistenty well at national and regional events.

The school was also commended for its exam results which are consistently above average with almost all school leavers leaving for higher/further education or employment.

Community youth workers, counsellors and the campus cop were also praised in the report.