Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate have written to parents at Elphinstone Primary School and Nursery Class to inform them of their most recent joint inspection visit

Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate have written to parents at Elphinstone Primary School and Nursery Class to inform them of their most recent joint inspection visit, which took place in September 2018.

All staff play an important role in the life of the school and feel valued for their efforts.

The letter noted the following strengths in the school’s work:
• Kind and articulate children who make the most of their learning.
• The strong sense of collegiality across the nursery and primary staff team. All staff play an important role in the life of the school and feel valued for their efforts.
• The warm, inclusive ethos that creates a family feel.
• The dynamic and astute leadership of the headteacher, who has made a positive impact and contribution to the life of the school, and to families, in a very short space of time.

The following areas for improvement were identified:
• As planned, develop a strategic, joined-up approach to self-evaluation to ensure that all children can achieve the best possible outcomes.
• Continue to develop the curriculum, ensuring progressive pathways are in place in all areas of learning for children as they move through nursery and school.
• Continue to explore ways to involve parents in their children’s learning by developing family learning approaches.

Education Scotland evaluated the school and nursery class as ‘good’ across all of the quality indicators. The Care Inspectorate found the nursery class was ‘good’ across all of its standards.

Both agencies informed the council that there are no plans for further inspections at the school.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education said: “We are pleased that inspectors from both agencies recognise the positive difference that nursery and primary school staff are making for the children and their families in Elphinstone. They considered leadership, learning, attainment and wellbeing amongst other areas and concluded that the school was good across these quality indicators.

“I’m especially pleased to see Alison Cameron receive recognition for her leadership and direction so early in her time as headteacher of the school. I know that she and the staff team will continue to put pupils’ learning at the heart of all they do.

“I’d also like to recognise Heather Williams’ work in laying the foundations for this positive outcome during her time at Elphinstone.”

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet spokesperson for Education, said: “The inspection recognised a number of areas such as the positives relationships across the nursey and school which are making a difference for children and families. They also commented that children were making the most of their learning and were provided with real leadership opportunities at the school.

“This is a great endorsement of the work of Alison Cameron and her staff team who are committed to delivering high standards for all the children, as well as the parents and carers who support the work of the school. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Heather Williams for all her work over the years in supporting the children and their families at the school.”
 
A summarised inspection findings report providing further information on the outcome of the inspection visit will be posted to Education Scotland’s website and the Care Inspectorate website.

Published: Tuesday, 6th November 2018