STAFF and pupils at a Hamilton primary school are celebrating this week following a visit by inspectors.

The Education Scotland team praised St Ninian’s Primary in a number of key areas including the work done by senior staff in upholding the school’s vision and values.

The inspectors added: “This is helping children to engage well with their learning and contribute effectively to their school community.”

Teachers were praised for their partnership working in gathering “reliable information about how well children are progressing with their learning.”

Glasgow Times: Pupils at St Ninian's take part in a range of activitiesPupils at St Ninian's take part in a range of activities (Image: St Ninian's Primary)

The report also noted: “This is helping them to make accurate decisions on how to best support children to move their learning forward.”

Pupils at St Ninian’s are “making good progress in their learning”, according to the inspection team, who added: “They are improving their skills in leadership, helping the community and increasing participation in healthy living activities.”

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The report added: “Senior leaders and teachers accurately identify children who would benefit from more support. This is helping them put useful plans in place for children, raising their attainment and reducing the poverty related attainment gap.”

Two areas for improvement were identified and discussed with the headteacher and a representative from South Lanarkshire Council.

It was recommended that senior leaders should “continue to work with staff to embed the learning and teaching policy to provide consistent teaching approaches in all classes” and “continue to develop approaches to measuring the impact of the support the school offers children. This should include how staff track the skills children develop over time.”

Eileen Feeley, headteacher, said: “On behalf of the staff and entire school community, I am delighted with the findings of Education Scotland's report.

“It reflects our shared approach of a caring and supportive ethos and culture combined with a clear focus on raising attainment and achievement for all our learners. We will continue to work as a team to build on our strengths and improve.”

She added: “All the staff, pupils, their families and wider school community are very proud of our school.

“I know that their support and effort will ensure that St Ninian's is a place where everyone can grow, learn and succeed together.”

The full report is available on the Education Scotland website.