SCHOOL inspectors have praised staff and pupils at a North Lanarkshire school following a visit earlier this year.

The Education Scotland team recognised the “supportive and positive, nurturing ethos and learning environment” at St. Edward’s Primary and Nursery Class in Airdrie.

Inspectors identified several key strengths including “very positive and respectful relationships fostered" and the "well-embedded values of respect, honesty, self-belief, and kindness which reflect well the school’s strong Catholic identity.”

The report also recognised the very strong progress children are making in literacy and numeracy across the school and their development of skills through a wide variety of leadership opportunities.

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Inspectors praised the headteacher’s “highly effective” leadership, and the commitment and dedication of all staff and partners.

Headteacher Siobhan Egan said: “We are absolutely delighted with our fabulous inspection report. It reflects the dedication and hard work of our staff and pupils across the school and nursery. We are extremely proud of everyone involved.”

Councillor Angela Campbell, North Lanarkshire Council’s convener of education, children and families, added: “I’d like to congratulate everyone associated with the school - staff, students, parents and carers and the local community - on a successful inspection report.

“One of the areas highlighted by the inspectors was the staff’s very strong knowledge of children and their families, which helps them to support and meet the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the school community effectively.

“It’s so pleasing to see children thrive in their learning environment and I wish them every success for the future.”