A report by Education Scotland has praised the work being done by the learning development team at Carrick Academy.
The report says that learners of all ages are benefitting from the learning community which serves the Maybole school.
Education inspectors published the report on Tuesday March 10 after inspecting the school in January and the results are based on spoeaking to children, young people and adults.
The Community learning and development (CLD) partnership provides a wide range of learning opportunities for people of all ages in the learning community surrounding Carrick Academy.
Education Scotland inspectors said that the learning opportunities available were consistently very high quality learning opportunities which was sector leading.
Inspectors highlighted several key strengths at which the Academy are excelling in including the very high quality learning opportunities available which improve lives and wellbeing, the strong levels of participation and engagement across learning opportunities, the highly effective community organisations meeting needs and strengthening community cohesion and the strong partnerships responding very well to identified local needs.
Inspectors also evaluated Carrick Academy’s performance in four key performance indicators relating to the learning community.
And they found that the school achieved very good improvements in performance, an excellent impact on participants, a very good impact on the local community and the school had also been very good at improving services.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This is an outstanding report and I congratulate everyone in the Carrick Academy area who is involved in learning projects.
“This great result has been achieved by the hard work and determination of everyone working in partnership to improve the lives of people of all ages in the Carrick area.
“Community learning and development really does provide learning opportunities which meet the needs of the community, from children and young people at risk to address their social, emotional and learning needs to those who have existing skills and want to improve them.
“More importantly, it’s delivering life-changing outcomes that really are making a difference. That’s a fantastic achievement.”
The full report is available at www.educationscotland.gov.uk