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Glowing inspection report for Omagh CBS

Omagh CBS has received a glowing report from the Education and Training Inspectorate.

OMAGH CBS has received a glowing report from the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI).

Officials from the ETI highlighted key findings in areas such as the outcomes for learners, the quality of learning provision, leadership and management and safeguarding pupils.

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It’s the first report on the school since 2013 when a ‘culture of bullying, intimidation and victimisation’ was highlighted in a report that had been compiled following complaints by staff.

In this latest document, the school was also commended for its provision for the development of mature students.

The report noted significant levels of participation and achievement in a wide range of sporting and charitable activities and how pupils made a ‘positive contribution to their school, the local community and beyond’.

“There was a clear sense of order and calm and all the pupils were articulate and confident, they have positive dispositions to their school and spoke respectfully about their teachers and the help they receive with their learning,” the report added.

The school was also praised for its ‘clear focus on disseminating and sharing good practise’ and the fact that 40 per-cent of teaching staff are engaged in professional development in leadership and management.

Welcoming the report, CBS principal, Foncy McConnell, said he was delighted that parents, staff and pupils should so positively reflect the school to the inspectors.

“Our staff are hardworking, dedicated and inspirational in how they are continually responsive to the pupils’ needs,” he added.

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“The support and feedback we receive from parents is invaluable in ensuring that we maintain a highly effective and successful school and they will always be valued as a voice within our school.

“We are proud of our students, they are a credit to their communities and their families. They shine out in their energy, enthusiastic volunteerism and their ambitious pursuit of excellence.”

The chairman of the Board of the Governors, Patrick McMahon, said that while the school has always maintained the highest educational standards, he was keen to emphasise the ethos of the Christian Brothers Charter.

“Christian Brothers students, whilst always successful in exams, still enact the values of Blessed Edmund Rice both in their living of gospel-based values and their evidenced social conscience through active charity and volunteer work,” he said.

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