School praised by inspectors

Pupils at Dunrossness Primary School are actively involved in improving their school community, a report by government inspectors has revealed.

HMIE officials found youngsters attending the school were dev­eloping a strong sense of citizenship and “speak enthusiastical­ly” about taking part in initiatives like the pupil council, health and eco-committees.

Staff have also played a key part in keeping pupils interested in the things that go on there.

The report follows an inspection of the 121-pupil school, which includes 20 children in the nursery class. The school was found to be “very good” in four of the five aspects of education reported on following a visit by HMIE officials in March, and “good” in the other.

Inspectors found all members of staff got on well with the youngsters.

The janitor has set up a web cam with the children to study nesting birds, and the school cook has even involved children in deciding which vegetables to grow in a poly tunnel.

The report praised staff for their commitment to work together and support the wellbeing of child­ren.

Parental involvement in learning and the school’s approach to improving self-evaluation were held up as areas of good practice by inspectors.

Children were also found to support each other strongly in school activities.

However the school must ensure guidance on learning and teaching is updated to take account of the Curriculum for Excellence – something all schools will need to do in order to ensure the new curriculum is implemented effectively.

Inspectors will not have to revisit the school as a result of the inspection.

Head of schools Helen Budge said she was “delighted” with the positive report.

“It is testimony to the whole school community’s commitment to work together to make their school the best it can be, and to the strong leadership provided by the head teacher,” she said


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