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Ballymena Primary School

Ballymena Primary School

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Inspection Reports

Focused Inspection 2006


The inspection focused on the work in English, information and communication technology (ICT) across the curriculum and the effectiveness of the school's special educational needs (SEN) provision. The inspection also evaluated the school's procedures for pastoral care, including child protection.




The strengths of the school include:


  • the nurturing ethos and the pastoral care of the children;
  • the commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • the outstanding leadership of the Principal in all areas of school life;
  • the hard-working conscientious and commited staff who work effectively as a team;
  • the excellent quality of the teaching observed in the majority of lessons;
  • the focus on developing the children's learning skills through a wide range of well-planned practical activities;
  • the articulate and courteous children whose behaviour is exemplary;
  • the effective links with a wide range of external agencies;
  • the strong support of the parents and the Board of Gvernors;
  • the high quality of provision in ICT and the excellent standards achieved;
  • the excellent support provided by the ancillary staff; and
  • the good standards achieved by the majority of children in English.


In the area inspected, the quality of education in this school is excellent. The educational and pastoral needs of the learners are being very well met. The parents and local community can have confidence in the school's capacity for sustained self-improvement.


No follow-up inspection is required.


The above report represents Grade 1 standard.


ICT Inspection


The points below deal mainly with the important issues emerging from a district inspection of ICT.




The strengths of the work include;


  • the strong strategic leadership provided by the principal and the ICT co-ordinator in the use of ICT to support the children's learning;
  • the centrality of ICT in the school development plan;
  • the teachers' planning for the progressive development of the children's ICT skills and knowledge in many curricular areas;
  • the excellent materials produced by the teachers to facilitate the children's learning in strands such as data handling and modelling;
  • the children's interest in using ICT for a variety of purposes and their ability to apply a wide range of ICT tools in lessons;
  • the high standards achieved in ICT by many children, including their ability to integrate various ICT packages to improve the presentation of their work; the children's ability to work independently and to improve their work as it proceeds;
  • the teachers' involvement in ICT staff development and their confidence in using ICT to enhance the children's learning;
  • the strategic and thoughtful procurement and deployment of a wide range of suitable software and hardware to promote learning in the school;
  • the display of ICT work to celebrate the children's achievements and stimulate their interest.

The area for improvement is;


  • the further development of the internet to provide the children with the opportunities to develop research skills.


General Inspection 1996


The school is characterised by an atmosphere of mutual respect to which the children respond well; their behaviour is very good. The teachers have worked hard to create a secure, caring environment in which each child feels valued.


The school provides a broad and well-balanced curriculum. In addition to curricular planning, appropriate procedures are in place to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the school and the optimum use of its resources.


The teachers are conscientious and hard working. The quality of teaching is always satisfactory; often it is very good. The teachers have appropriately high expectations of the children. The children's learning outcomes are clearly defined and, in general, they achieve a good standard of work. The majority of the children achieve good standards of literacy and numeracy and, by the end of year 7, they have gained much from a broad range of learning activities across the curriculum.


The needs of those children who have particular learning difficulties are addressed appropriately. Effective liaison between the class teachers and the special needs teacher helps to ensure that the children are working at a level appropriate to their ability and that they are making suitable progress.


The younger children experience a wide range of well-planned structured play activities; these form a useful basis for future learning.


The children's classwork and homework are marked conscientiously; helpful comments which encourage and motivate the children are often included.


The principal provides strong and effective leadership. The energy, expertise and enthusiasm of all the staff and the wider community have been harnessed very effectively in pursuit of the aims of the school.


The teachers have exploited very creatively the potential of the building and grounds to enhance teaching and learning. The toilet block is in a poor state of repair and is in urgent need of refurbishment. (Principal's note - This work has since been carried out.)


This is a good school which has many important strengths and no significant weaknesses; it serves the community well.         

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