Inspection report for St Margaret's Academy West Lothian: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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You requested the following information:  

I was looking for information about St Margaret's Academy in West Lothian.  It was created in 1994 by amalgamating 2 denominational secondary schools.  The relevant web page states that there is no inspection report available.  Does this mean that it has never been inspected over its 25 year history?

For comparison I looked up the closest secondary school, Deans.  This also has "no current report available" Why is this so?




Inspection reports that are five years and older are not available on our website but can be provided on request through our general enquiries.  Link attached to Education Scotland’s website, contact us.

Please find attached the most up to date inspection report and the Quality Indicator gradings, we have for St Margaret’s Academy.

I have also enclosed the link to the Scottish Government’s School Information Dashboard, which provides information on how schools, and the children and young people being educated by them, are doing:

In Scotland there is a three-level approach to evaluating and improving education; schools have a responsibility to evaluate their performance, local authorities have responsibility for the quality of education in their area and the third level is scrutiny.  Overall responsibility for the quality of education and securing continuous improvement sits with education providers, in this case the local authority.  This is complemented by external evaluation carried out by Education Scotland as part of its scrutiny activity.   

Education Scotland selects the schools to be inspected on a proportionate basis using a sampling methodology to ensure that we have an overall understanding of the national picture and trends.  More information on this can be found through this link:

For any additional information regarding the school, please look at the school’s website or contact the education authority .

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Central Enquiry Unit
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The Scottish Government
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