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| 19th March 2007 | Modified: 17th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 41 times | Liked 0 times

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19th March 2007

Commenting on the unprecedented HMI report on St. Mark's Primary School in  
Barrhead, Bishop Philip Tartaglia, the Bishop of Paisley in whose Diocese  
the school is situated said;  

"That Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education have awarded St Mark's a  
Scottish "first" with an unprecedented 11 "excellents" in their report as  
well as having its teaching standards described as "outstanding" is a matter  
of enormous pride to the Catholic community.  

St.Mark's is the embodiment of successful catholic education, the Diocese of  
Paisley is committed to the support of Catholic Education which has proved  
itself time and again as an integral part of the provision of education in  
the public sector in Scotland.  

Last October speaking at the opening of St. Andrew's Academy, Paisley I  
Spoke of our catholic schools as " an enrichment of Scotland s fine  
tradition of education". Today's report coming just five months after an HMI  
inspection which awarded Our Lady of the Missions Catholic Primary School in  
Thornliebank the title of Scotland ¹s then best school with nine "excellents"  
Underlines that observation.  

I congratulate the staff and pupils of St.Mark's on this momentous  
achievement and join them in offering a prayer of thanks for their success."  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

Note to Editors:  
1. The full report will be available on the HMIe website at www.hmie.gov.uk on and from Tuesday 20 March  

2.Archbishop Tartaglia has written to Mrs. Patricia Kennedy the Headteacher at St. Mark's congratulating her on the school's achievement, the text of the letter is shown below.  

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