Tobermory High the only Argyll school in Herald’s table of top schools 2014-15

Tobemory HIgh School on the Isle of Mull – about to lose its Librarian in Council cuts enforced by Scotland’s Finance Secretary, John Swinney- is the only one of Argyll’s secondary schools to make it into The Herald’s table of top Scottish schools, in 39th place.

Tobemory has 48% of its pupils taking more than five Highers – against a benchmark of 29.

A factor enabling this performance may be that the school exists in an area with a zero deprivation rsting – although the table is topped by Jordamhill School in Glasgow – which is not council controlled – with 78% of it pupils takin over fiv HIghers, against a benchmark of 60 and in an area rated 6 for deprivation.. This is a remarkable and admirable performance.

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  • No disrespect to the Staff at the School who I know nothing about but Tobermory and Tiree cost more per pupil than it would be if the kids went to the most expensive fee paying school in Scotland. I would like to see some of the larger schools like Dunoon Grammar get better funding so more kids can benefit not just the few on the islands

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    ceartas March 24, 2016 10:47 am Reply
    • Saying that island schools cost too much is a perfectly valid point of view, so long as you’re prepared to accept the inevitable consequences of cutting them – rapid, catastrophic depopulation of those islands. It’s also worth noting that the funding would be redistributed to other authorities, not simply be available for the big schools in Argyll.

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      Arethosemyfeet March 24, 2016 10:28 pm Reply
      • Well said ATMF… the Island schools are the beating heart of our Island communities…the less they have to offer and the more that are closed, the more we depopulate…families do not “in general” want their children to be “else where” for 5 or six days of the week.

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        Karl Hughes March 25, 2016 4:29 am Reply
    • The establishment of senior secondary schools in Tobermory, and on Tiree, apart from the educational aspect,which speaks for itself, have delivered very considerable social advantages for the islands upon which they are based.
      Both schools appear to be well led,and are very much at the heart of their own communities, and both deliver consistently good results.
      It is a great pity though,that the Mull school had not been established in a more central location,where it could have provided for the great majority of island pupils. At present most of those from the Ross and Iona still go to Oban High.

      I’m quite surprised at your figures re. relative cost per pupil. Can you clarify if you are referring to all of the pupils In these schools,or just those taking highers. Whatever is the case,it will be such a small number that it will make little difference overall.

      At the end of it,it is a good news story and we should celebrate it. Well done to all.

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      Proudest Scot in the UK March 25, 2016 2:07 pm Reply
  • Correction to the usual crap “journalism” above
    It is Argyll and Bute Council led by “better together’s” Dick Walsh who propose to cut school librarian’s jobs not John Swinney.
    Warning .. THIS IS AN ANTI SNP BLOG.
    come on fellow Nats lets have some fun with these clowns.
    Vote SNP 1 and 2.

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    Keitho March 24, 2016 11:35 pm Reply
  • Exactly. Swinney cut the money. Walsh made the choices. End of.

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    Cllr Michael Breslin March 27, 2016 12:17 pm Reply
    • Rubbish. Osborne cut Swinneys money!
      You prove a point though. Argyll and Bute councillors are thick.

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      Hugh Jazz March 27, 2016 5:57 pm Reply
  • Michael Breslin @DunoonSNP
    Nice tweet….Tireless supporter of independence, councillor for Dunoon ward of A&B council….

    “Under pressure from forces of darkness. Guess who.” Darth Vader or Swinney…take your choice.

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    Karl Hughes March 27, 2016 12:53 pm Reply
  • Walsh cut librarians when he could have cut back room staff.
    Walsh is part of the problem not part of the solution. Said he would listen then didn’t. BTW has anyone seen the data analysis of service choices?
    Can FA publish it please?

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    Citizen M March 27, 2016 8:38 pm Reply
  • Deprivation in Jordanhill? People have always paid top dollar to buy into the Jordanhill school catchment area, I doubt if any of them would see Tobermory as a better neighbourhood than theirs.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie March 27, 2016 9:59 pm Reply
  • League table are a reflection of local affluence.
    What local authorities should be doing is mitigating against privilege and ensuring all children nhave access to a good education, that means libraries. I doubt Jordanhill have decided to close their library. The administration in their wisdom have decided to make it harder for children from Islands to compete with their mainland peers. Mr Walsh needs to comment.

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    Citizen M March 28, 2016 9:29 am Reply
  • Didn’t Mr Swinney compensate all councils generously for the freeze in council tax and it was Mr Walsh who decides to pay of school librarians?
    It all goes back to Gordon Brown and Mr Osborne, they should have done better, and that didn’t.

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    Sara Swann March 28, 2016 8:27 pm Reply
  • Don’t let Walsh off the hook. He didn’t need to get rid of librarians. Ask yourself why would he do something inflammatory like that?

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    Citizen M March 28, 2016 11:30 pm Reply
  • Is it because he is a Dick,
    sorry sorry sorry, couldn’t resist.

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    Sara Swann March 28, 2016 11:48 pm Reply
  • That is always a possibility.

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    Citizen M March 29, 2016 12:07 am Reply

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