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Sunnyside School and Nursery Inspection

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May 2015

An inspection by Education Scotland has found that the head teacher and staff at Sunnyside Primary and Nursery are well placed to lead the school and raise standards further, with the support of the Council. Inspectors also identified a number of areas which require further improvement, including the curriculum.

Sunnyside PS in Alloa was inspected in February and the inspection report was published today.
This inspection found the following key strengths:

  • Improvement in children's progress in reading and writing
  • The commitment of staff to improving children's experiences and achievements
  • Confident, polite and friendly children who are very proud of their school

The inspection found that there were a number of areas that required further work and improvement:

  • Continue to improve the curriculum to ensure all children can make suitable progress across all aspects of their learning
  • All staff should be involved in developing robust approaches to evaluating the work of the school to ensure consistently high-quality experiences for all children
  • Continue to develop effective whole-school approaches to meeting children's needs

The inspectors noted in their report that the head teacher and her depute have a clear understanding of the action that is required to provide children with consistently high quality experiences at all stages. 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 Councillor Ellen Forson said: "We have the highest ambitions for the young people attending all our schools, including Sunnyside. While the inspectors have reported that they are satisfied with the overall quality of provision at the school, we know that they also identified a number of areas for improvement. The Education service is already working with the head teacher and her staff to focus on these areas which require improvement. This work will also be shared with parents and pupils to ensure that everything possible is done to ensure that the young people have every support to reach their full potential.

"The inspectors praised the progress being made by the staff and pupils at Sunnyside, and everyone will be working to ensure that this good work is enhanced throughout the school to ensure that the young people have the best educational experience possible."