Praise for ‘improving’ Moray primary – but more needs to be done

Mosstodloch Primary (pic: Anne Burgess)

School inspectors have welcome that progress has been made at a Moray primary school – although noting that further work still needs to be done.

An inspection found that everyone at Mosstodloch Primary had worked “extremely hard” to address a number of issues identified when the school was last inspected in November 2013.

In their follow-up report published this week they said that parents were now enthusiastic about the way in which the school had engaged them in conversations on how things can be improved.

The report adds that the school’s head teacher, Liz Rennie, had shown determination to improve outcomes for children through self-motivation. The report said: “As a result the school now has a clear and focused plan for improving its work across an impressive range of areas.

“The head teacher has engaged and enthused her staff, children and parents to participate in this work and the impact is beginning to be seen.”

Mrs Rennie had led staff in developing approaches to planning children’s learning more clearly and consistently and as a result pupils now experienced a broader education, covering most areas of the curriculum.

The report added that staff were led effectively by the head teacher in addressing the points for action identified in the November 2013 report. Inspectors added: “Much still remains to be done to ensure that new processes and procedures are ensuring improved learning experiences for children and improvements in achievement.

“As a result, our area lead officer will work with Moray Council to build capacity for improvement and will maintain contact to monitor progress.”

A further inspection of the school will be undertaken within the next 18 months.

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