Education Scotland has written to parents with children at Macmerry Primary School and Nursery Class to share the results of their recent inspection.
I am pleased that the inspectors have commented positively on the good relationships that exist between the school, its children and families.
Inspectors visited the school in June 2019 and spoke to children, parents and carers, the headteacher and staff. Inspectors praised the welcoming environment and positive relationships between staff and families, as well as the partnership working across the school and community to enrich learning. The nursery team’s commitment to improving the quality of provision for the children was also highlighted.
Inspectors also identified areas for improvement, and the council is working closely with the school team and newly-appointed headteacher, Jonathan Revell, who joined the school in August, to take these forward. These include developing strategic leadership across the school and nursery class to quickly bring forward improvements with improved self-evaluation to chart progress. Inspectors recommended that the school develops and ensures consistency in high quality learning, teaching and assessment to raise children’s attainment. Awareness of wellbeing measures will be improved so that children can discuss their wellbeing with confidence, and feel respected, responsible and included.
Cabinet member for Education Councillor Shamin Akhtar said: “I am pleased that the inspectors have commented positively on the good relationships that exist between the school, its children and families. These relationships will support the staff team as they drive forward improvements in the areas that have been identified by inspectors. We have already put in place support for the school to enable them to make the changes that are needed and to improve the learning and outcomes for all its pupils.”
The full report is available online from Education Scotland's website.