Strong family ethos gives Craigellachie school an edge

Craigellachie Primary School - positive report.
Craigellachie Primary School – positive report.

A STRONG FAMILY ETHOS was just one of the positive areas picked out by Education Scotland inspectors when they visited a Speyside primary school.

Craigellachie Primary’s visit from the inspectors also found that children felt safe and well cared for at a school where three of the four key areas were rated at ‘good’ while the fourth was ‘satisfactory’.

Head Teacher Shiobhan Woolgar was praised in the report, published on Monday, for being a strong role model for both staff and pupils
The report said: “She strives to get the best for the school community and demonstrates high levels of resilience, energy and creativity which is translated in her vision for the continuous improvement of the school.”

Staff demonstrated high levels of commitment to the vision, values and aims of the school and this was reflected in how they provided support to children and their families, securing the best possible outcomes for the children.

September’s visit also found that the strengths of the school included its extensive use of the outdoor learning environment to increase pupils’ wellbeing and enhance their learning and the partnerships which it had forged with parents and the wider community.

Four areas were identified where improvements could be made, including the need to continue to develop the curriculum at all stages to ensure pupils experienced suitable learning pathways and to strengthen strategic guidance and support to ensure consistently high quality learning and teaching across the school.

The inspectors said they were confident that Craigellachie Primary had the capacity to continue to improve and as a result they did not intend making any follow-up visits in connection with the inspection.