Positive report for Cleish Primary School

A March 2019 visit to Cleish Primary School in Kinross-shire by Education Scotland found much to praise in the school's work, according to the inspection report published on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

The report is very positive and noted a number of important strengths, including:
- Effective leadership by the headteacher, creating a very positive and inclusive ethos at the school, and improving  children's learning experiences, achievements and attainment together with teaching and support staff;
- Pupils who are very articulate, well-behaved, motivated to learn and keen to play their part in the life of the school by taking on leadership roles and responsibilities;
- The teamwork and engagement of staff in professional learning to ensure all children's needs are being met appropriately; and  
- Effective partnership working with parents and the wider local community, enhancing the curriculum.

In their evaluation of the school using national key quality indicators, the inspectors considered the school to be 'good' in relation to learning, teaching and assessment, and 'very good' in raising attainment and achievement.

A limited number of areas for improvement were also highlighted, all of which had already been identified as a focus for development by the school. These were:
- Reviewing, as previously planned, the school's curriculum rationale and learning pathways, considering all curricular areas and including the planned development of digital literacies, outdoor learning and skills for learning, life and work.
- Continued development of opportunities for children to make choices and have increased responsibility for and independence in how they lead their own learning; and
- Further developing the approaches the school takes to moderation and assessment, to ensure staff have shared understanding of standards across the curriculum.

With the very positive report reinforcing that the school is considered well placed to make continued improvement, Education Scotland will as such make no further visits in relation to their March 2019 inspection. The Council will keep parents and carers informed on progress in this regard as part of its normal reporting on the quality of local schools.

Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Caroline Shiers welcomed the inspection's findings: "My warmest congratulations go to everyone at  Cleish Primary School for this extremely positive report that reflects the hard work and commitment to deliver high quality education provision. I look forward to hearing more in due course about how the school is delivering continued improvement in the areas highlighted by Education Scotland."

Further information on the inspection report's findings is available from the Education Scotland website at https://education.gov.scot/inspection-reports/perth-and-kinross/5342228.