June 22, 2024

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Gledfield Primary School to receive extra support after inspection

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A SMALL Sutherland primary school and nursery class, which has experienced “significant” staffing issues in recent years, is to receive extra support following a visit by a team of inspectors from Education Scotland.

The team visited Gledfield Primary School,near Ardgay, in March and their report has just been made public.

HM Inspectors visited Gledfield Primary School in March.HM Inspectors visited Gledfield Primary School in March.
HM Inspectors visited Gledfield Primary School in March.

Schools are assessed in a number of areas on a six-point scale ranging from excellent, very good and good to satisfactory, weak and unsatisfactory.

The 24-pupil school’s “learning, teaching and assessment” was rated as weak as was its “leadership of change”.

Gledfield was rated satisfactory for “raising attainment and achievement” and for “ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion”.

The nursery’s learning, teaching and assessment was rated good and its leadership of change satisfactory. The nursery was rated as good for “securing children’s progress” and satisfactory for “ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion”.

Inspectors praised the “clear and supportive leadership” of the head teacher, who took up the post in January last year, following three different head teachers over a two-year period.

The headteacher also has leadership responsibility for Edderton Primary School.

The report reads: “She has offered much needed stability and reassurance to the school community. This enables the school and nursery to begin to move forward with its improvement journey.”

Also praised were the “positive and caring relationships between staff and children” which inspectors said resulted in a “warm and welcoming learning environment in which children feel safe, valued and happy”.

However, inspectors recommended that approaches to learning and teaching should be improved, as should self-evaluation, while planning for each curriculum area should be reviewed.

It was found that there was “very effective” teamwork in the nursery with staff providing “high quality experiences in response to children’s interests”. This had a positive impact on children’s progress and attainment.

The report reads: “As a result of our inspection findings we think that the school needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements. We will liaise with Highland Council regarding the school’s capacity to improve.”

Inspectors will return to carry out a further inspection of the school within 12 months and will discuss with Highland Council the details of this inspection. Parents and carers will be informed of the school’s progress following this second inspection.

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