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What is the secret of a Catholic education?

Catholic schools in Scotland should be in high spirits, writes Gordon Cairns in a long and thorough feature. Under new school inspection arrangements, their establishments are regularly crowned the best in the country.

In March, St Mark’s Primary School in Barrhead in East Renfrewshire received 11 excellent ratings, the best ever for a Scottish school, overtaking Our Lady of the Mission, Thornliebank from the same authority.

In the secondary sector, both St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge and St Andrew’s Secondary School in Carntyne, Glasgow, received five indicators of excellence. The inspectors singled out pastoral care for particular praise in each of these schools. The achievement is all the greater for the fact that several of the schools serve mixed communities, including areas of deprivation.

Read the complete feature at The Herald.

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