Isobel Mair School

Isobel Mair SchoolRecently some members of ERDA were invited to a tour at Isobel Mair School in Newton Mearns. Isobel Mair is a non-denominational co-education school which provides places for pupils aged 0-18 years. We met the Head Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher and we visited all of the classrooms and the family centre. We also met students due to start the new term after the summer holidays. We visited the sensory room and hydro therapy pool and met physiotherapists on site. This reminded me of my school, as I had physiotherapy when I was younger. They also have speech and language therapists. The aims of the school are to enable each child to develop to the highest level which they are capable of attaining within a safe, secure and welcome environment. A caring and supportive learning environment is provided which meets the care and welfare needs of all of the pupils. This enables them to develop self confidence and skills which are required for effective social interactions in the wider community, both now and in the future. A holistic approach ensures effective implementation of the school curriculum, establishing curricular links with other schools, promoting all aspects of social inclusion and to enhance contact with the outside world.  The school participates in ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ (GIRFEC), a national policy and programme being implemented across Scotland. The GIRFEC approach is about improving outcomes and wellbeing for all children. East Renfrewshire Council relocated the school to their new home in Newton Mearns as it had outgrown the original building in nearby Williamwood after 30 years. The new school opened in October 2011. As well as the school, there is a family centre where learning is promoted through play by providing a challenging and dynamic curriculum. This links to national and local guidelines and meets the needs of each individual child, working in partnership with parents and carers and engaging with agencies in the local community to support the needs of children and families. The curriculum for excellence provides the framework for learning for all children and young people in Scotland aged 3-18 . It meets all of the necessary educational needs required. I went to a Glasgow school but if I’d known about Isobel Mair I could have went there as it’s closer to where I grew up in Barrhead. I had to get a bus to school which took just under 45 minutes, so I had to get up very early and get home later at night.