Portmoak Primary School receives high praise in inspection report

A recent Education Scotland inspection of Portmoak Primary School in Kinross-shire has found much to praise in the school's work, according to the inspectors' report published today (Tuesday 28 November 2017).

Inspectors visited the school in September 2017 to evaluate the quality of leadership and management, learning provision and children's successes and achievements. In particular it found a number of key strengths at Portmoak:

 - Confident, articulate children who had great pride in the school and were enthusiastic, motivated learners responding well to the many diverse learning opportunities available through staff both in school and in the wider local community.
 - Dynamic leadership from the headteacher combined with the teamwork of the school's principal teacher and staff having a positive impact and helping to secure school improvement, sustain high levels of attainment and create a nurturing and inclusive school ethos.
 - Very strong partnerships with parents, partner organisations and agencies and the wider community to deliver enriching learning experiences for children who were achieving in a wide range of ways.
 - Excellent provision for both health and wellbeing and meeting children's learning needs fully.

Inspectors also assessed the school equally favourably on a number of key quality indicators, rating Portmoak Primary as 'excellent' in terms of leadership of change, and ensuring health, wellbeing and inclusion; and 'very good' for learning, teaching and assessment, and for its work on raising attainment and achievement.

 The report recommends one area for improvement (which had already been identified by the school and the Council), specifically to continue developments in the area of skills for learning, life and work, including digital skills.

Given the very positive assessment of the school's work and its capacity for continued improvement, Education Scotland will make no further visits in connection with the September inspection, and the Council will keep parents and carers informed of progress through its normal arrangements for reporting on the quality of its schools.

 The Council's Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Caroline Shiers said: "My warmest congratulations go to the Headteacher, her staff, pupils and the wider school community at Portmoak Primary - this is a fantastic report that reflects the commitment to delivering a high quality education at all levels within the school. That Education Scotland have identified so many positives, including two 'excellent' ratings is a real feather in the cap for Portmoak. Well done to all!"

Headteacher Louise Gordon said: "We are absolutely delighted that Education Scotland found so much to praise in our school. It is a privilege to lead such a hard working team who are so committed giving our children and families a great experience. This is enhanced by the many partnerships we have in our local community and the staff and I would like to thank all of our parents and partners for their support. We will continue to work hard to ensure every Portmoak learner can be the best they can be."

The full Education Scotland report is available online at https://education.gov.scot/inspection-reports/perth-and-kinross/5348129.