Parents

Maintaining effective partnerships with parents and families is a key aspect of ensuring success for our young people. In Our Lady’s High School, our staff work hard to build strong relationships with families.

This section of our website is designed to enable you to access a range of documents which will provide information to help you support your child across their time in Our Lady’s High School. More subject specific information is available in the “Subjects” area of the website.

Supported study times, out of school hours activity timetables, approximate unit assessment dates, SQA subject arrangements and a list of useful websites can be found in the “Pupil” area of the website by clicking here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/our-pupils/

Click here to access a copy of the School Calendar 2018 (Aug-Dec).

Click here to access a copy of the School Calendar 2019 (Jan-Jun).

Click here to access a copy of the School Improvement Action Plan 2018-2019.

Click here to access a copy of the School Improvement Report 2018/19.

Parent Council Information

Our Parent Council are an active part of our school community. They meet regularly to discuss how the wider parent body can support the work of the school, and organise a range of events across the year.

Our current Parent Council office bearers are :

Chairperson:  E. Brown

Secretary:  Vacant

Treasurer:  G. McCurrach

The Parent Council can be contacted at: enquiries@ourladys.n-lanark.sch.uk

Dates of Upcoming Meetings:

  • 4th February
  • 18th March
  • 13th May

The school holidays and term dates can be found here:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/school-year/

A list of clubs and out of school hours activities can be found here:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/our-pupils/

A summary of the School Improvement Plan 2017/18 can be found by clicking the link below:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/files/2018/03/OLHS-Imp-Plan-201718.pdf

Improving Our School

A key part of our work in Our Lady’s High School is to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement to ensure our learners have consistently high quality learning experiences, and are fully supported in all aspects of their school life. Over the course of the last year we sought opinions from a number of stakeholders to inform our work in this area.

Improving Our School – Parents

As part of our work to continually improve Our Lady’s High School we spoke to 500 parents throughout the year at a range of events to seek their views on our school, our strengths and where we could do better. We were delighted with the extremely positive response from our parents. Overall, almost 96% of parents across all yeargroups agreed that teaching and learning in Our Lady’s High School is of a high standard. 92% felt that the school had appropriate expectations for their child and 93% were happy with the school overall.

In the Senior Phase, 90% of parents found supported study and Saturday classes useful supports for their child’s learning and 94% felt the school kept them well informed about their child’s progress through regular Tracking Reports and Parents’ Nights.

In S2 and S3, 87% of parents found the Information Evenings useful and 95% of S1 parents felt that their child had been appropriately supported in their transition from primary school.

Improving Our School – Learners

As part of our ongoing improvement and evaluation work, during the course of the year we ask our learners for their views on different aspects of our school. This is known as our “Learner Conversation Programme” and gives our learners from across all yeargroups the opportunity to share their views and experiences on learning and teaching in Our Lady’s High School.

Overall our learners told us that active learning tasks in classes were enjoyable, and verbal and written feedback from staff was very useful in helping them develop in their learning. Our learners also told us they enjoyed a variety of tasks in lessons – individual work, group work and practical work to keep lessons interesting. They feel supported in their learning in class, and are taking advantage of the very useful the extra study opportunities on offer, such as supported study, Saturday classes and our hugely successful residential study weekend.

Our learners asked for more regular revision so that they do not forget previous work and more past paper practice before prelims, and departments are taking this forward next session. Our learners also expressed their views on the timing of prelims, and we have made adjustments to this.

Pupils were also consulted about our school during the 3 day Validated Self Evaluation Visit in November 2016, carried out by members of NLC education department. Pupils said they were proud of their school and felt that they contributed effectively to the life of the school. They also felt that there is a strong Catholic ethos which is evident in the very positive relationships between and among all staff and pupils.

Pupil views from the Learner Conversations are displayed on the “You said…we did” and “We’re listening” boards across our school.

Improving Our School – Staff

A key finding of the Validated Self Evaluation visit carried out by the local authority was the commitment of staff to the aspirational vision of the school, ensuring all young people are supported to achieve their potential.

Our staff regularly review their practice, and use pupil performance data to assess where things are working well and what needs to improve. Our staff have worked together to discuss the new assessment Benchmarks, recently issued by Education Scotland, and how to best ensure our assessment processes are robust and supportive of our leaners. Departments are actively embedding Benchmarks into BGE courses and assessments. During in-service days and collegiate meetings staff shared good practice on assessment and feedback strategies. Staff also share good practice on what works best in classrooms, to ensure our learners are successful.

Taking Our School Forward

Moving forward into next session, we will continue to build on our positive record of attainment and achievement. We will also seek to enhance the learning experiences of our young people, to ensure they receive the highest quality learning and teaching consistently across the school.

S2 into S3 Course Information

Click the link below to access the S2 into S3 Course Information Booklet.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/files/2018/02/S3-Option-Booklet-2018-19.pdf

A printable option form can be found by clicking the link below.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/files/2018/02/S2-S3-Options-2018-19.pdf

S4 Course Information – Preparing for the Senior Phase

Click the link below to access the S3 into S4 Course Information Booklet.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/files/2015/03/S4-Option-Booklet-2017-18.pdf

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Information

Click the link below to access information regarding EMA for the 2016/17 session.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhscumbernauld/files/2015/05/EMA-2016-17.pdf

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