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Published 06 July 2018

Teachers, pupils and parents from St Peter’s Primary are celebrating after receiving an excellent Education Scotland report.

The school was praised for having strong values and Catholic foundations, with each day starting with prayers and hymns written and sung by the children. 

Inspectors highlighted the Head Teacher for working very well with staff and partners and for her positive and respectful relationships which were seen as an important part of her leadership. The school’s use of money from the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) was being carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure improved outcomes for children and their families who required additional support.   

Within the school inspectors saw a number of examples to raise attainment, with teachers commended for their delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Roots of Empathy with both having a positive impact on pupils’ skills. The school’s motto of ‘Holding the Keys to the Future’ is prominent in the school developing a Young Workforce and the Career Education Standard where the majority of children can confidently speak about careers and the skills required for certain jobs.

Staff have worked hard to create vibrant learning environments where children are keen to learn, well-motivated and can demonstrate the values of the school. Activities held outwith school are engaging and enrich the children’s interests and experiences. Inspectors singled out recent visits to the Science Centre, visiting elderly residents in nearby Crosslet Care Home and pupils’ involvement in Bellsmyre Young Activists which have empowered pupils to take a positive lead and to respect others within the community.

Inspectors found staff encouraging pupils to use interactive whiteboards in class and along with the use of chrome books, these have helped children to work independently and  develop their use of technology.

Inspectors also saw confident pupils who are making good progress in both numeracy and literacy.  

The report highlights the school’s ongoing positive relationships with Aitkenbar Primary School and Bellsmyre Early Learning and Childcare Centre within their shared campus.

Inspectors said pupils were fully engaged in their school and show respect for their peers and display mature attitudes.  

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I am delighted to see the excellent work and the dedication of staff recognised in this very positive report. The report recognises the fantastic job being carried out by the Head Teacher and her staff. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the quality of their pupil’s education is to be commended.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone at the school for their part in achieving this great report.  The pupils under the leadership of the Head Teacher are thriving both within the school and also participating in wonderful projects outwith school.”

Laura Mason, Chief Educational Officer, said: “I would like to congratulate the staff, children, parents and carers of St Peter’s Primary School on this excellent report.  This highlights the positive partnership work between the school and the school community who all have a common goal of ensuring they work together to ensure every child is given the guidance, support and confidence to grow and achieve their best at school. The report also highlights the leadership, commitment and dedication from the Head Teacher and all her staff and I am delighted their hard work has been recognised.”

Inspectors recommended St Peter’s Primary continues to build on the teaching, learning and assessment and to develop a shared understanding of classroom practice to enable consistent engaging experiences.  In addition the school should continue as planned with strategies to raise attainment further for pupils.

Inspectors confirmed they are confident the school has the capacity to continue to improve and will make no further visits to the school.