Praise for school improvements led by temporary Head Teacher

Milne's Primary - inspectors impressed with progress.
Milne’s Primary – inspectors impressed with progress.

PUPILS AT A MORAY primary school were found to be motivated and articulate while caring staff provided a supportive atmosphere.

That was the result of the latest report from school inspectors following their visit to Milne’s Primary School in Fochabers.

In the report, published on Tuesday, inspectors praised acting head teacher Anne Duff who has “worked well with staff, parents and pupils” in her short time in the job, as well as identifying appropriate priorities for improving the school.

“Across the school, all staff work well as a team and are committed to improving the school and welcome opportunities to learn and improve their skills,” the report said, adding: “Recent work on health and wellbeing, French and outdoor learning is resulting in improved experiences and outcomes for children.

“The school now needs to continue to develop other areas of the curriculum to ensure that children build on what they already know.”

Looking at areas that could be improved, the report said that inspectors were satisfied with the over quality of provision but in a few classes the “pace of learning could be brisker and learning could me more challenging”.  The inspector also highlighted how parents should become more involved, saying: “The views of children and parents are increasingly being sought – there is scope for them to have and even greater role in improving the work of the school.”

The inspectors concluded: “We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision and we are confident that most of the school’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements.

“With the appointment of a permanent head teacher, the school, with support from Moray Council, will be able to make the necessary improvements.”