An inspection by Education Scotland at Coalsnaughton Primary School and Nursery Class has found the school is working with parents and partners to develop a positive environment for learning across the nursery class and school. Staff show high levels of care and consideration for children and relationships between staff and children are positive. A number of areas where further improvement is required were also identified by Inspectors, including ensuring that the learning needs of all children are effectively met.
Coalsnaughton PS and Nursery was inspected in October and the inspection report was published today.
This inspection found the following key strengths.
- Leadership of the headteacher in creating the strong, caring ethos across the nursery class and school
- Children who are proud of their school and show care and concern towards each other
- Work with parents and partners to develop the positive environment for learning across the nursery class and school
The inspection found that there were a number of areas that required further work and improvement:
- Improve children's progress and attainment in English and literacy and in numeracy and mathematics.
- Ensure the learning needs of all children are effectively met.
- Develop the curriculum to ensure children build on their knowledge and skills as they progress through the school.
- Ensure approaches to self-evaluation lead to year on year improvement in children's learning and progress.
The inspectors discussed with the staff and the council how they can work to continue to improve the school and nursery, with priorities agreed going forward.
Education Convener Cllr Ellen Forson said: "We want all children in Clackmannanshire to learn well, develop their skills and to have the best possible experience at school.
"The Education Service and the school had already identified the areas highlighted for improvement, and had developed an action plan to take forward the work required. I was pleased to note that inspectors have reported that the headteacher has already implemented improvements to some aspects of the school, but is clear that there are a number of important areas where improvements must be made and I am determined that action will be taken to address these issues.
"Coalsnaughton will also benefit from the significant programme of work that will be delivered as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which is focussed on improving numeracy and literacy in all Clackmannanshire schools."