Top marks for young people

KEY achievements including the best exam results in eight years have been highlighted in South Ayrshire Council’s Children and Community annual report.

The report will be published on the Council’s website and via other electronic media to ensure that it can be easily accessed by employees, partners, other local authorities and service users.

The key outcomes achieved include significant improvements in our school buildings, record exam results for 2010/11 - the highest achieved for eight years and school exclusions at their lowest for seven years and significantly below the national average.

Harry Garland Executive Director of Children and Community said “We aim to make the lives of people in South Ayrshire better by listening to what people tell us, putting people at the centre of all we do and working more closely together to achieve our aims.

“Against the backdrop of reducing resources, our performance in 2010/11 continued to meet our very high standards and, in some cases, has been sector leading.

“I would like to thank staff who have worked hard to achieve this.”

Communication and consultation with people using the services is key and a range of consultations took place with service users in 2010/11.

These included over 1,000 people participating in focus groups, nearly 7,000 responding to online surveys, almost 10,000 completing questionnaires and over 1,000 taking part in telephone surveys.

Councillor McIntosh, Leader of the Council said: “The report reflects the dedication and determination of our employees to deliver the best possible service that they can now and in the future.

“We have consulted with over 21,000 service users, taken their views on board and created and delivered a high quality of service using the resources available to us. We will continue to improve services in the future to meet the needs of our communities.”

The full report can be viewed by logging on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk