Delight at Leswalt school report

The hard work of pupils and staff at Leswalt Primary has been hailed as the reason for a very positive inspection report.

Education Scotland Inspectors visited Leswalt Primary School in June 2016 to find out how well children are learning and achieving.

The report recognised the school’s strengths as having courteous, well-mannered children who benefit from a wide range of opportunities to extend their experiences and achievements; Staff who work very well as a team to create a positive ethos across the school; Approaches to tracking and monitoring children’s progress and the strong leadership of the headteacher who has a clear vision for improvement. Inspectors reported that: “All children are friendly, courteous and hardworking. The school has successfully developed a nurturing, caring ethos for children to develop and learn. Children feel that they are involved in making decisions about matters which affect their learning. Children are also eager to share and talk about the broad range of experiences and opportunities they have to learn beyond the classroom. Most children read with confidence and are making good progress in mathematics. Relationships between teachers and children are positive and respectful. The headteacher is a very effective leader and the school has a clear vision of how it will provide the best learning environment for children.”

Louise Jamieson, chair of Leswalt Parent Council, said, “We’re delighted with the inspection report, and especially that Education Scotland has recognised the hard work and dedication of all staff, pupils, parents and the wider community, who are all involved with Leswalt Primary. We’re particularly proud that the wonderful pupils have been recognised, as well as our headteacher and her hard-working, friendly and enthusiastic staff.”

Inspectors recommended that the school proceeds as planned to refine the curriculum with a stronger focus on developing children’s skills and to further increase challenge in children’s learning to ensure that all children achieve their best.

Education Scotland is confident that the school’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Education Committee, said, “Providing the best start in life for all our children is a priority for our Council. So, I’m very pleased with Education Scotland’s positive report on Leswalt Primary School. I’d like to thank and congratulate all staff and pupils who contributed towards this.”

Sheila Baillie, Headteacher said, “I’m delighted that the team from Education Scotland has published such a positive report, reflecting all the commitment, enthusiasm, and enjoyment of learning together, which is embedded at Leswalt Primary. I feel very fortunate to have such an excellent team of staff, pupils and parents who all work extremely hard with the wider community to help us achieve our school aim of being the best we can be.”