PUPILS and staff at an Airdrie school are celebrating after receiving a positive inspection report.

The Education Scotland team praised Golfhill Primary – whose motto is ‘reach for the stars’ - in a number of key areas.

The report noted the ways in which all staff work well together to develop a “positive, nurturing culture where respectful relationships provide an encouraging environment for all.”

It also said: “Children are very proud of their school” and added: “Throughout the school, they are polite to adults, peers and visitors.

'They are keen to talk about their learning and speak positively about the support they receive from all adults in school. The supportive, caring ethos results in a calm, inclusive and purposeful learning environment.”

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Golfhill Primary has 146 pupils between the ages of five and 12. In October 2023, a team of inspectors from Education Scotland visited the school, where they talked to parents, carers and children and worked closely with the headteacher and staff.

Gail Gallen, headteacher, said: “I am absolutely delighted the inspection reflects the school as being a warm, welcoming and nurturing place to learn. 

“Children at Golfhill feel valued and included. As a result, children and adults care for one another and are respectful and kind.”

The report also added: “Senior leaders ... create a welcoming, nurturing place to learn. All staff know children and families well. They are improving all children’s wellbeing in partnership with parents and the wider community.

“Staff have established successful approaches to supporting children with additional support needs. They work well with families to ensure children engage well with learning.”

Councillor Angela Campbell, convener of education, children and families at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone at Golfhill Primary School on their highly positive inspection report. 

“It really does reflect the hard work and commitment of the entire school community on providing pupils with the very best start. Everyone should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

The full report is available on the Education Scotland website.