Published 06 June 2023

Staff and pupils at St Ronan’s Primary School are celebrating after the school was given the highest grade possible for leadership and change during an inspection  

Inspectors from Education Scotland rated the leadership at the school as Excellent, praising the headteacher and principal teachers for their outstanding guidance and direction. Inspectors also highlighted the very strong staff team who provide a nurturing and inclusive environment for pupils.

The school received a Very Good grading for learning and teaching, with praise given for the clear focus on providing well thought out activities and support for children which has led to improved attainment and wellbeing.

Inspectors also rated the school as Very Good for ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion was a priority. Inspectors found enthusiastic and committed staff who are keen on improving their learning and taking on lead roles to help improve the school for children who are treated equally and included fully in school life.

Work to raise attainment and achievement was given a Very Good rating after inspectors saw pupils encouraged to present work to a high standard. The inspection report noted that teachers assess children’s needs very well to ensure they receive the correct support and challenges to make the best progress.

During the inspection, inspectors spoke with kind, supportive and very articulate children who contributed fully to their learning by making decisions and providing encouragement to their peers to ensure that others succeed.

Councillor Clare Steel, Convener of Educational Services said: “I am delighted the excellent work being done at St Ronan’s Primary School has been recognised in this very positive report. The report is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the fantastic commitment and hard work being carried out by the headteacher and all the staff in ensuring all children are receiving nurturing and inclusive education. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the quality of their children’s education is to be commended.”

Councillor John Millar, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “I would like to congratulate the staff, children, parents and carers of St Ronan’s Primary school on this excellent report and the outstanding achievement by the headteacher and her staff. The report rightly highlights the leadership, commitment and dedication to ensuring children are not only learning, but thanks to their efforts, are also achieving. I am delighted their hard work has been recognised.”