Education Scotland praise key strengths at Stow Primary

Primary school pupils in uniform in front of their school

Published: Tuesday, 26th March 2019

The Education Scotland report on Stow Primary and Nursery Class released on 26 March has acknowledged a number of key strengths across the two settings.

During their visit to the school in January this year, inspectors talked to parents/carers and children and worked closely with the headteacher and his staff.

Read the report on Education Scotland website.

Pride in Stow Primary

The inspection team noted a number of strengths in the school’s work including friendly, confident and capable children who were benefitting from a welcoming and supportive ethos. They were proud of their school and eager to learn and do well.

Staff were found to know children and their families well, as well as being keen to support the process of change in identifying and progressing improvements which secure positive outcomes for children.

In addition, effective partnerships with parents, partners and the local community were enhancing learning experiences for children.

Areas for improvement

Some areas for improvement were identified which are currently being addressed. This includes developing a better whole-school approach to improvement with the aim of encouraging further shared leadership, increasing staff ownership and supporting an appropriate pace of change.

There is a continued focus on improving learning, teaching and assessment. This will ensure:

  • an appropriate level of challenge for all while the curriculum is being developed further
  • it supports children to make ongoing progress in their learning

Work will also continue on raising attainment and achievement further for children across both settings. This will include ensuring effective tracking and monitoring of children’s progress across all areas of the curriculum.

Overall inspection recommendation

Inspectors are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve and no further visits in connection with this inspection will be made. 

Kevin Wilson, Stow PS Headteacher (Acting)

“We are pleased that the progress and strengths within our school and nursery were recognised during the inspection process. Through our strong partnerships with parents, partners and community we will continue to work together in our strive for excellence.”

Jo Broomfield, Stow Parent Council Chair

“The inspection report has highlighted some areas of strength for the school and nursery which we are proud of, particularly how involved parents are. The aspiration now is for growing great and building on these strengths and learning from others.”