With all girls’ schools under the lens Thornhill is lauded

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With all girls’ schools the subject of some debate among educationalists and policy makers, an inspection of one of Londonderry’s three such schools, has delivered a glowing verdict on the quality of provision.

Thornhill College was inspected in November.

The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) today (Friday, January 8) reports in glowing terms on the standards of education at the all-girls’ voluntary grammar, which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1932.

“Thornhill College has a high level of capacity for sustained improvement in the interest of all the learners. The ETI will continue to monitor how the school sustains improvement,” the inspectors reported.

The school’s ‘achievements and standards’ were deemed ‘outstanding,’ and its ‘provision and learning,’ and its ‘leadership and management’ were deemed ‘very good.’

The only hint of criticism in the report is that high quality action planning in some areas isn’t rolled out more widely.

“While the impact of improvement work is evident across the school, particularly in the outcomes attained by the pupils at all stages, the quality of action planning is overly variable at all levels.

“In the most effective action plans, the targets are clear and monitored rigorously; as a consequence, progress can be measured and celebrated. It will be important for the senior leaders to disseminate this good practice,” it says.