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Scots College Special Character Review May 2022

Dear Community,

For three days in late May we welcomed the following team to the College to conduct a review of the College’s special character

  • Rev Stephanie Wells, Director, Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office, former primary school Principal
  • Rt Rev Hamish Galloway, Moderator of Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, former Chaplain at St Andrews’ College, Christchurch and
  • Rev Barry Kelk, former Chaplain of John McGlashan College, member of the Board of Proprietors at John McGlashan College

Over the course of the review they met with a cross-section of the College representing students, teaching staff, governance and management of the school, plus partner churches. They asked questions about special character, listened and participated in aspects of school life.

Amongst other things they affirmed

  • We had a strong impression of a school in good heart on a journey of continual improvement led in excellent fashion from the top. We were particularly impressed with the calibre of the students that we met – articulate and having a good sense of the special character of the school. From this we got the sense that special character is embedded in the student body. What you are doing here is working.
  • .. the aspiration for and implementation of the values of inclusiveness, diversity and wellbeing. There is clear evidence that the strategic thinking done in 2016 as outlined to us in the first meeting has been integrated into the way the College is and significant progress is being made. The ‘ordinariness’ of girls on campus, the ‘no-fuss’ unisex nature of the school uniform and the planned staff dress code, the appointment of a Director of Well-Being, all speak of the commitment of the Board and senior staff to these values.
  • … the time and effort given to the pastoral care systems in the school which have continued to develop as the roll has grown. This is seen in the time given to house meetings, tutors meetings, staffing of pastoral care positions, the introduction of the Director of Wellbeing, the investment in chaplaincy and RE, as well as the planned provision of a wellbeing hub. The planned refurbishment of the chapel is also to be commended.

 They also commended

  • The Chaplain, Rev David Jackson and Assistant Chaplain, Rebecca Wilcox on their work at the College, and
  • the RE programme

 There were five opportunities for growth recognised in their review, with comments below on how we plan to address these.

  1. Pressure on space in the Chapel – this will be considered by our Campus Development Committee
  2. Curriculum – we will update our RE policy
  3. Staff and Special Character professional learning – this will be added to our PD schedule
  4. Pastoral Care – work is already underway clarifying the wellbeing support available to students
  5. Service Learning – the College has made a new appointment in this area and is already working to strengthen this after our recent IBO review

For those interested the full report is available here

I would like to thank the review team and all the staff who contributed to the review for making this a really worthwhile process. It was timely given the changes we are making to further improve our pastoral care systems.

Virtutem Paret Doctrina

Graeme Yule

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