Both St Ninians and Balfron primary schools and nurseries were praised by inspectors in recent reports discussed at the Council’s Children and Young People Committee.
St Ninians Primary received very good grades in both the ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessment’ and the ‘Raising Attainment and Achievement’ categories.
The outstanding leadership of positive change within the school was found to enable high quality professional learning and leadership opportunities for staff and children.
The report noted the “very strong relationships and inclusive, nurturing approaches across the primary school”, which had resulted in well-behaved, highly motivated and engaged children who are progressing very well in their learning.
Education Inspectors also highlighted three areas of practice worth sharing:
The approaches used to ensure the effective leadership of change
The very creative use of visual techniques to communicate the purpose of the school, its curriculum and to summarise the outcomes of self-evaluation
The very coherent, focused approach to planning, tracking and monitoring which is ensuring that staff interventions for raising attainment are effective.
The nursery class was also visited by the Care Inspectorate who gave very good gradings for both ‘Quality of Care and Support’ and ‘Quality of Environment’.
In a separate report, Balfron primary and nursery were praised by Education Scotland for the strong relationships between staff, children and parents across the school and nursery. Inspectors identified that the staff team knew the children, families and school community very well.
The report stated: “They work together in a flexible and responsive way to meet the needs of children and families in the nursery and across the primary stages. Careful attention is given to ensuring all children receive appropriate support and intervention as required.”
Inspectors also noted the school’s strength in children’s attainment in literacy and numeracy. As part of the evaluations the nursery class received a very good grading in the ‘Ensuring Wellbeing, Equality and Inclusion’ category.
Children and Young People Convenor, Cllr Susan McGill, said: “It is fantastic that the hard work put in by staff and families at both St. Ninian’s and Balfron has been recognized in these reports by Education Scotland.
“They should be extremely proud of the work they do to make sure our children continue to learn and develop important skills that will help them succeed in life.
“These reports reflect how our teaching staff really do go above and beyond for our young people and I congratulate them on their continued success.”
Cllr Margaret Brisley, vice convenor, added: “These reports are latest in a succession of positive reviews of our schools and the education delivered by our staff.
“It’s pleasing to see such high standards being aspired to and attained across our communities.”