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School Suitability Surveys
- Are our schools 'Fit for Purpose'?
- We want all our schools to be capable of delivering a modern, relevant curriculum, curriculum for excellence.
- We must make sure that all learners have access to the curriculum this includes our disabled learners.
- We measure how fit for purpose schools are using a Suitability Survey.
What it is?
The Suitability Survey seeks to provide a measure of the extent to which a school building and its grounds are appropriate in providing an environment which supports quality learning and teaching. Other services provided to individual children and to the school community, in terms of practicality, accessibility and convenience are also evaluated.
What are we assessing?
The assessment is of the school as a whole, its buildings and its grounds and of the impact these have on learning and teaching, leisure and social activities. It also takes account of the health and well-being of all users. Within this, we need to consider the different types of spaces within the school and the different activities for which they are used. Particular account should be taken of the dynamic nature of the education service, of important national and local policies and initiatives, and of each school's ability to accommodate and promote these within the school.
What are we assessing against?
There is no one right design for a school. School designs, like those of other buildings reflect aspects of what was fashionable at the time of construction, and will vary according to the available site, space, expected pupil roll and sector (primary, secondary or special). It is therefore not about assessing a school against the perfect school, nor ranking it against neighbouring schools, but rather considering it in the context of the paragraphs above and then reflecting how well it serves its purpose in terms of the agreed criteria. The overall Suitability rating for each school is measured by evaluating 25 aspects of the school using Scottish Government methodology. Surveys are carried out by Head Teachers and verified by Officers.
Outcomes are rated as follows:
- A - Good: Performing well and operating efficiently (the school buildings and grounds support the delivery of services to children and communities)
- B - Satisfactory: Performing well but with minor problems (the school buildings and grounds generally support the delivery of services to children and communities)
- C - Poor: Showing major problems and/or not operating optimally (the school buildings and grounds impede the delivery of activities that are needed for children and communities in the school)
- D - Bad: Does not support the delivery of services to children and communities (the school buildings seriously impede the delivery of activities that are needed for children and communities in the school)
Further detailed information produced by the Scottish Government can be found in the Scottish Government Guidance Document: The Suitability Core Fact: Scotland's School Estate.
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