School inspectors have found a marked improvement at a Moray primary which they handed a poor report less than a year ago.
The inspectors returned to Keith Primary School last month to check on progress since the publication of a report last May.
The original report showed that of the eight areas of performance evaluated by the inspection team two were rated as weak and three satisfactory.
The lessons were deemed not challenging enough for pupils with the tasks not consistently set to enable pupils to build effectively on their previous learning.
The new report said the school had improved in a number of areas although there was further work to do.
Learning and achievement across the nursery, primary classes and the additional support provision have improved.
Staff were more confident in working with Curriculum for Excellence and worked well together to develop a shared understanding of how to plan and deliver appropriate learning.
Head teacher of Keith Primary School Elizabeth Beattie said:
“Staff and pupils at Keith Primary School are delighted with the positive comments in the HMIE report.
“We knew the school had really moved forward, so its pleasing that everyone’s efforts have been recognised, by the Inspectorate.
“A year ago, we had the opportunity to discuss teaching and learning and our improvement plan, with the Inspectors and they gave us some really useful advice for moving forward.
“Staff were very willing to make the necessary improvements and have worked over and above their usual duties, to make sue changes were put in place as quickly as possible.
The council’s director of education and social care, Sandy Riddell, welcomed the inspectors’ latest findings. He said:
“There has been a lot of hard work carried out at Keith Primary over the past year and it is clearly paying off.
“There is still some way to go but the progress that has been made is very encouraging and I am confident it will continue.”