An Aberdeenshire school which was graded weak in several categories by an education watchdog in 2018 has been hailed for implementing a raft of improvements.
In May last year, inspectors from Education Scotland issued a report, following an inspection at Craigievar Primary School, south of Muir of Fowlis.
Inspectors found the school to be weak in the categories of leadership of change, learning, teaching, assessment, ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion – but satisfactory in the field of raising attainment and achievement.
A number of areas for improvement were outlined, and now, more than a year later, inspectors are satisfied that the school is a better place for both staff and pupils.
In the report, inspector Jackie Maley said: “Since the original inspection, the head teacher has driven forward improvements in a planned and measured way.
“He has provided strong leadership and direction to bring about necessary improvements within the school.
“Leadership of change has been brisk and has involved the whole school community.
“Children, staff and parents clearly articulate the school’s learning journey and the impact of new developments and initiatives”.
As a consequence of the improvements, Education Scotland has decided that no further visits will be required in relation to the last inspection.
Councillor Gillian Owen, the head of Aberdeenshire Council’s education committee, said: “I would like to offer a hearty congratulations to head teacher David Birch and the staff at Craigievar Primary School for the work they have done on implementing the recommendations of the previous inspection.
“I’m delighted their efforts have been so wholeheartedly acknowledged by the inspector.
“It is especially pleasing to see that innovative teaching methods, the head teacher’s desire to learn from outside organisations, and Aberdeenshire Council’s role in providing professional learning for mathematics teachers have all been acknowledged in this inspection.
“I hope that this report will give all those connected to the school a huge confidence boost to carry on their good work”.
The committee’s vice-chairman Mark Findlater added: “Whilst there is still some work to be done and we must guard against complacency, I hope that this inspection inspires the school community to go from strength to strength in the future.”