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St Mungo's RC Primary School Inspection

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December 2015

An inspection by Education Scotland has found that staff at St Mungo's RC Primary School have worked hard to improve how children learn, and have developed a nurturing and caring ethos to support that learning.

This follow up visit from inspectors comes after an earlier inspection in September 2014.

Inspectors have found that overall the experiences of children in the school have improved, and that the head teacher and her staff have worked well to implement new ideas and to address the priorities highlighted at the time of the original inspection. There have been significant improvements in the behaviour of children in classes, and teachers have engaged children more successfully in their learning. There is now a clearer and more accurate view of children's progress and attainment, teachers are now more aware of the gaps in learning and are taking steps to address this.

It was noted that the school understands there is more work required to bring further improvements to the curriculum. Inspectors found that there has not yet been sufficient progress in improving attainment in literacy and numeracy, and have discussed with the head teacher how this will be addressed as a priority.

Education Convener Cllr Ellen Forson said: "I'm pleased to see the recognition by the inspector of the hard work of staff and the whole school community to make real and improvements to St Mungo's. The inspector also noted the clearer and shared purpose for the curriculum based on Curriculum for Excellence being put into place, which is an important development.

"While the inspector has recorded the real improvements at St Mungo's, we are all very aware that the work to improve the learning experience for children is not yet complete. I note the inspector's comments that further progress is required on improving literacy and numeracy, and there is now a continued focus on these areas. The Council wide focus on making progress on improving the literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of pupils as part of the Clackmannanshire Attainment Challenge will help guide the process of improvement at St Mungo's, to ensure that our young people are given the very best chance to succeed in life."