Improving standards in public exams
DEPARTMENT of Education inspectors have
praised the 'visionary and purposeful leadership' of St.
Patrick's High Principal Dr. Seamus Quinn after they visited the
school earlier this year. The Inspectors said Dr. Quinn's
leadership which was 'ably supported' by Vice Principal James
Ward and the Senior Management Team had brought about
'significant improvement in provision for learning'.
The other main strengths they found at St
- An 'inclusive ethos and respect for diversity'
permeating the school
- Improving standards attained by the pupils in public
- 'Collegial and dedicated staff strongly committed to
- A quality of the teaching which was 'good or better' in
most of the lessons and in a minority of the lessons,
- A good focus on the development of active learning
strategies to make the learning relevant and interesting for
the report's publication Dr. Quinn paid a warm tribute to his
teachers. "Success like this is as a direct result of the
quality of teaching offered by my staff," he said. "This report
identifies the quality of teaching in St Patrick's as good (or
better) to excellent. "Such high quality instruction, in small
pupil centred classes has enabled our school to continue to
improve. "Our GCSE and A level results this year, achieved
following the inspection, copper fasten the Inspectorate's
judgement about this school placing St Patrick's, once more well
above the Northern Ireland average."
Dr. Quinn also felt the importance of a clear
vision for education 'could not be over emphasised'.
In St. Patrick's, he added, this had created
a 'collegial leadership system' to organise and manage the needs
of the school while establishing clear lines of communication.
He said this had been "central to ensuring
and sustaining improvement.
"I am confident my staff, parents and pupils
will continue to contribute to the success of St. Patrick's." he
Pupils put their maths
skills to the test
Niall Tanuvasa, Tiernan O'Meallaigh
and Michael Waterworth
Alex Martin an Tiffany Shirlow of St
Patricks High School put their maths skills to the
YEAR 8 pupils from St Patrick's High School
put their problem solving skills to good use in the Sentinus
'Fun Maths Roadshow' recently.
The 120 pupils worked through a series of
mathematical puzzles -with shapes, numbers, currency and
They then worked in teams to solve a
selection of puzzles and were guided throughout the day by
Brian Campbell, Chief Executive of Sentinus
said: "Considering the recent decline in the number of students
opting to study mathematics, it is vital that we open up the
exciting world of mathematics to young people.
"The Fun Maths Roadshow provides an excellent
opportunity to show that mathematics can be stimulating and
fun," he continued.