Education Scotland acknowledge key strengths at Ednam Primary and Nursery

Pupils and teachers stand outside a school building

Published: Tuesday, 26th November 2019

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

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

They found children at the school to be happy and well behaved. They were confident and enthusiastic learners who were keen to learn and eager to make progress. They also noted that children were making good overall progress in literacy and numeracy and that the indoor and outdoor learning environments in the nursery were supporting children’s creativity, inquiry and problem solving skills through play.

Three areas identified for improvement are currently being addressed. This includes ensuring greater consistency of approaches in learning, teaching, tracking and monitoring across the nursery class and all stages in the school. Work is also underway to make sure that the pace of learning is sufficiently challenging to meet the needs of all children across the school, and that strong partnerships with parents and partners are further developed so that they are fully involved in evaluating the school’s work and reviewing its vision, values and aims.

Headteacher, Catriona Finn

“We are all pleased with the positive recognition given to pupils, staff and parents in the report. Our number one priority is to ensure the best possible education for our young people. We will now continue to move forward with a focus on the recommendations given to ensure the school continues to improve.”

Parent Council Chair, Melanie Brookes

“I’m delighted to see that so many of the strengths of our unique school have been recognised in this report. I’m confident that, through the School Development Plan, the staff and management team will continue to build on their hard work to date and keep improving the school experience for all our children.”

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

More information

  • HM Inspectorate of Education is the national body responsible for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching from early years to adult and community learning.
  • The report is available from the Education Scotland website