A top north-east independent school has been warned it must urgently address child protection issues and its relationship with parents and pupils.
Inspectors from Education Scotland visited Albyn School last month and have now published a report on their findings.
The team noted consistently high levels of attainment among pupils at all levels.
However, they have also set out a series of improvements which must be made “as a matter of urgency”.
The visit came after bosses at the £7,300-£11,520-a-year school were criticised by some parents for sending out a letter suggesting pupils who under-performed in their fourth-year exams should consider “alternatives” for their fifth-year education.
The report raised concerns about “low morale” and lack of confidence in the school’s leadership among some families, staff and pupils.
Senior staff have been told to make more effort to include pupils and parents in their decision-making process, and to listen to their suggestions.
The inspectors also called for the board of governors, headmaster and senior management to take “immediate action” to improve child protection policies at the school, and to make sure these are understood and adhered to.
The report also highlights a range of areas where the school has been successful, including the strong educational success of pupils.
The majority of youngsters across the lower and upper schools proved to be enthusiastic and positive about their learning experience and had a “warm and positive” relationship with staff.
Last night, Ian Long, headmaster at Albyn School, said the school was committed to addressing the issues underlined in the report.
He said: “Staff work together to ensure that pupils are able to thrive within a stimulating environment that will support and assist them in reaching their full potential whilst in our care.
“We will work closely with Education Scotland, staff, parents and pupils to strengthen the areas highlighted within the report, in order to continue to take the school forward.”
A second full inspection will take place in December with a further report to follow.