Wigtown Primary is top of the class, say inspectors

There were gold stars all round this week after HMIe inspectors gave Wigtown Primary a glowing report from their recent visit.

An atmosphere of excitement and motivation for learning, a nurturing and inclusive ethos, strong links with the community and mutual respect between pupils and staff were just some of the key strengths noted by inspectors.

Real-life experiences were hailed a success, noting the ways in which the school is involved with the Wigtown Book Festival and local countryside rangers, among others, to help with external learning.

And the inspectors also highlighted the happiness of children within the school and nursery, and strong friendships they have with each other as well asthe ease with which they manage the partnership with Kirkcowan Primary School.

The report states: “The headteacher has rightly focused on building the partnership between Wigtown andKirkcowan Primary Schools. The staff team at Wigtown has undergone a number of changes including the appointment of a new principal teacher. The headteacher has built and leads what is now a strong and ambitious staff team who are continuing to take forward the schools’ ongoing aim of raising attainment.”

The only words of advice were to suggest staff engage children more in asking what they want to learn about, but the inspectors were so impressed they confirmed they wouldn’t be making a return visit. Kelly Devine, head teacher, said: “I’m delighted that our approaches to learning and teaching have been described as bespoke to the school and were recognised as serving our children well.

“It was wonderful to have our unique way of working endorsed as the way to continue forward for us. Thank you to all the pupils, staff, parents and members of the community who support us in all we do.”

A spokesman for the school’s parent council said, “Parents and children were involved in the whole inspection process. We would like to thank all staff at the school for the hard work that they continue to provide so that our children can have an exciting environment in which to learn.”

Mid Galloway Councillor Graham Nicol said: “This is testament to the hard work of everyone at the school and they should be rightly proud of the report. May the good work continue.”