An inspection by Education Scotland at Abercromby Primary School and Nursery Class has found children who are friendly and polite and staff committed to developing a caring and nurturing school. A number of areas where further improvement is required were also identified by Inspectors, including leadership of the curriculum to raise attainment.
Abercromby PS and Nursery was inspected in May and the inspection report was published today.
This inspection found the following key strengths:
- Staff's commitment to developing a caring and nurturing school
- Partnerships to support children's health and wellbeing
- Children who are friendly and polite
- The range of activities in the nursery to engage children in their learning
The inspection found that there were a number of areas that required further work and improvement:
- Meet all children's learning needs in classes
- Develop the leadership of the curriculum to raise attainment and ensure that all children can make suitable progress in all aspects of their learning
- Ensure that self evaluation is leading to well-paced change and consistency in children's experiences in classrooms
- Ensure that all leaders have clear remits for improvement
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 Abercromby. While the inspectors have reported that they are satisfied with a number of areas in the school, I am also very aware that they have highlighted other things which must be improved, including the development of the curriculum in the school.
"The Education Service is already working with the school to plan and deliver improvements in the areas which have been highlighted for attention. They are also working to deliver an ambitious improvement plan across all our schools to raise the performance and learning outcomes of young people, where Clackmannanshire is one of the first local authorities to benefit from the Scottish Attainment Challenge funding from the Scottish Government.
"We are determined to support the school to make these improvements, working with partners at Education Scotland to ensure that everything possible is done to ensure that the young people at Abercromby have every support to reach their full potential."