Local primary school given glowing report by inspectors

Strathmartine Primary

An Angus school has been given a glowing report card following an Education Scotland inspection.

Strathmartine Primary was rated “very good” or “good” on a number of points, including leadership of change; learning, teaching and assessment; raising attainment and achievement; and ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion at both primary stages and nursery class.

A team of inspectors visited the school and nursery class in June and gathered evidence to evaluate the quality of leadership and management, learning provision and children’s success and achievements.

In their findings, the inspectors said they had found a number of strengths in the school’s work, including the highly-effective leadership of the head teacher.

The staff were also praised for their sense of teamwork.

Inspectors said that had helped to create “an inclusive ethos for learning, which impacts positively on children’s wellbeing”.

Pupils were found to be “articulate children, proud of their school” and “engaged confidently with their learning”.

The youngsters were also kind and considerate towards each other, said the inspectors.

Other highlights included consistently high-quality learning and teaching across the school and nursery, including the quality outdoor learning, and engagement with parents and the wider community in the work of the school and in children’s learning.

The report identified areas for improvement, such as continuing to refine the curriculum, making greater use of the local context of the school, increasing use of partnerships and developing approaches for tracking children’s progress.