Education Scotland acknowledges strong leadership and high standards at Fountainhall Primary School and Nursery

Published: Friday, 27th January 2023

The Education Scotland report on Fountainhall Primary School and Nursery Class published on 24 January has acknowledged a range of key strengths in the school’s work

During their visit in November last year, inspectors talked to parents/carers and young people and worked closely with the headteacher and her staff.

Under the effective leadership of Headteacher and principal teacher, the inspectors found that the wellbeing of children is central to the work of all. As a result of their shared vision for the nursery class and school, all staff have a clear focus on supporting all children to achieve their full potential. The strong sense of teamwork resulting in an inclusive, family ethos.

The school is maintaining high standards in the teaching of literacy across the nursery class and school. Children at all stages are making very good progress in this area of learning.

Inspectors also noted happy, articulate and confident children who are very proud of their nursery class and school. They have increasing ownership of their learning and show respect, empathy and kindness to each other.

The very successful approaches to meeting the learning needs of all children in the multi-stage composite class. The skilled senior leaders, teachers and support staff work together closely to provide a nurturing and highly motivating learning environment for children.

Inspectors encouraged the school to continue to:

  • take forward plans to refresh the unique curriculum offer for learners at Fountainhall, with a focus on developing children’s skills for learning, life and work
  • raise attainment in numeracy and mathematics, ensuring that all children are supported and challenged to make the best possible progress.

Susan Anderson, Headteacher at Fountainhall Primary School

“I am delighted with this strong inspection report. I would personally like to thank our pupils, parents/carers, partners and local community. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication our staff show in their approach to the teaching and learning and wellbeing of our pupils. We showcased our great school and are very proud of our achievements.”

Kathleen Lofthouse, Fountainhall Parent Council Chair

“I am delighted by the outcome of the inspection. The result reflects the hard work our school's dedicated teaching staff carry out every day to ensure that our children not only receive a high level of education but that they become happy, confident learners.”

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