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School inspectors praise Fairview School and Nursery

School inspectors have praised Fairview School and Nursery in Perth for the quality of its teaching and success in raising pupils' attainment.

Inspectors visited the Additional Support Needs school, which caters for children between the ages of three and 18, in February and identified several strengths in the school's work after speaking to parents, carers and pupils.

The inspection team found the school's senior leadership team and staff have created a caring and supportive school and nursery where children are happy and enthusiastic about their learning.

The inspectors also found there were opportunities for children and young people to develop their communication skills.

Other strengths included the school's approach to planning and tracking progress for each child, which they said supports achievement and attainment.

The school was rated good for learning, teaching and assessment and very good for raising attainment and achievement.

The nursery was also rated good for learning teaching and assessment and very good for securing children's progress.

Education Scotland identified only two areas for improvement. These are for staff to further develop high quality learning and teaching across the school and nursery so there are more opportunities for all children and young people to be suitably challenged.

They also want the school to enhance leadership across the school and nursery to support all staff to undertake increased leadership roles which focus on leading learning.

Inspectors said they are confident in the school's ability to continue to improve and so will not be making any more visits to Fairview in connection with the inspection.

Sheena Devlin, Perth & Kinross Council's Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, said: "This report is testament to the levels of care, hard work and dedication of staff at Fairview.

"They are passionate about their work and that has been reflected in this extremely positive report from Education Scotland."