Windygoul Primary School has been recognised by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) for their work in Leadership of Learning, the first primary school in Scotland to hold this recognition.

After being nominated by East Lothian Council’s education service for a GTCS Excellence in Professional Learning award, a panel from the GTCS visited the school to gain insight into the school and the learning community. In addition to documentation submitted in advance, the panel members were able to ‘come and see’ the school to make their assessment.

After an independent guided tour from pupils, the panel met with the Head Teacher as well as pupil groups from the Pupil Council, House Captains and National Improvement Framework Champions, before meeting with three separate teaching groups. The panel also met with parents, support staff and the school management team. The panel agreed that the school be successfully awarded an Excellence in Professional Learning: Award for a school.

The report noted several key strengths, including:

  • an ‘outstanding’ culture of ‘Leadership of and for Learning’
  • strong evidence of leadership at all levels within the school, form the children to every staff member
  • an underpinning culture of care for every individual in the school
  • a clear focus on learning and teaching and the deep inter-relation between Teacher and Student learning
  • Parent and community voice being a strong feature of the school

Avril Wilson, Former Head Teacher, said:

“The feedback from the GTCS was incredibly positive. This award recognises that Windygoul are Leaders of and for Learning, and is a real credit to my amazing pupils, hardworking staff and committed parents. I was full of pride listening to the children speak about their learning and to the staff discussing their professional learning and recognising the importance of having a strong learning community.”

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“This is absolutely wonderful news. Credit must go to all of the school community – the Head Teacher and school management team, the teaching and non-teaching staff, and the pupils and parents – for achieving this recognition. This honour is well deserved, and I hope that other schools are encouraged to follow their example.”

The school was presented with the official award on Thursday 21 September at a ceremony in Glasgow. The school will also be presented with an Excellence in Professional Learning award plaque that can be displayed in school, a certificate and a quality mark.

The council’s Education Service also received a professional recognition award for its accredited coaching programme Coaching For Success.

Published: Friday, 22nd September 2017