SCHOOL inspectors have praised pupils and staff at a North Lanarkshire primary school in a positive report.

The Education Scotland team identified several key strengths at St Mary's Primary in Caldercruix, near Airdrie, including "friendly, polite children who are proud of their school and who display a positive attitude towards learning."

The headteacher and principal teacher were praised for their "collaborative approach in leading improvements across the school."

The staff team, under their guidance, was found to have created "a calm and nurturing environment for learning, enabling the children to make good progress in their education."

The school’s strategic approach to assessment and effective use of data were also recognised as having helped staff gain a clear understanding of each child’s strengths and next steps in learning.

Headteacher Arlene Kelly said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of our inspection. It reflects the hard work, dedication and team spirit within our school community.

“We have worked incredibly hard to establish a very positive and supportive culture based on Gospel values and we are delighted that this has been recognised."

She added: “We are extremely proud of everyone involved especially our wonderful children who were praised for being friendly and polite with a very positive attitude to learning.”

Councillor Angela Campbell, education convener at North Lanarkshire Council, said: "I am delighted to see that St Mary's Primary School has been recognised for its many strengths, including the friendly and positive attitude of the children, the leadership of the headteacher and staff, and the nurturing and purposeful learning environment created by the school.

“Well done to everyone at St Mary's on achieving this excellent inspection report. It really does reflect their hard work and commitment to providing the best possible education for our children."

The full report is available on Education Scotland's website.