Following an unannounced inspection visit by the Care Commission in January 2017, the official rating on Dollar's boarding has been graded at the highest Level 6 "Excellent" for the quality of care and support pupils receive.
A brief summary of key observations:
We saw highly sensitive and caring attitudes from boarding house staff, which helped them to clearly establish the ethos of home from home in a family atmosphere in the houses.
The school had developed and implemented a comprehensive system for assessing and recording the needs of all pupils in line with Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) ... In an example of exemplary practice, these plans included the views of all those involved, including parents and the young person. The child protection co-ordinator demonstrated an impressive knowledge of GIRFEC and a commitment to ensuring the system worked exceptionally well to ensure the safety and wellbeing of boarders.
Boarders were provided with an extensive range of opportunities for activities outwith school time. They were encouraged and supported to develop talents including a wide variety of sports, art, music and dancing.
The senior house parents led boarding house staff teams very effectively, setting a superb example of good practice for them to follow.
All managers and staff were very clear about their roles and responsibilities, and effective systems of support were in place to help staff carry out their roles confidently and well.
Care Commission 2017