CHILDREN and teachers at a Milngavie school have been praised in a report from inspectors.

The Education Scotland team said key strengths at Clober Primary and Early Years Centre included “welcoming, engaging” pupils who “speak enthusiastically about their learning” and are “proud of their school.”

The report also praised the achievements and successes of children in the Early Years Centre, adding: “Their work on children’s rights and overall success is recognised through national awards.”

Inspectors also said: “Led by the headteacher and senior leaders, children learn in an environment where the school vision, values and aims support strong, nurturing relationships.

“Staff across the school know children and families well. They work hard together to provide a range of effective supports to address children’s barriers to learning.”

Several areas for improvement were identified and discussed with the headteacher and a representative from East Dunbartonshire Council.

Inspectors advised: “Staff in the early years centre should continue to develop working relationships further to support the pace of change and improvement.

“Children need more opportunities to set targets to improve their learning. Staff should give children greater opportunities to lead their learning.

“Staff should continue to develop high-quality learning and teaching more consistently across the school. They need to develop further their understanding of national standards to improve the accuracy of their assessments of children’s learning."

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Headteacher Catriona Marshall said: “We welcome this report which reflects the hard work and commitment of our staff to ensure Clober Primary School and Early Years Centre is a welcoming and supportive environment for all our children. 

“At Clober we strive to uphold our values to aspire, respect, achieve and enjoy and I am delighted this inspection report recognises the school as a nurturing place of learning that embodies these values.  We will continue to build on our strengths and the success and achievements of our school community.”

East Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of education, Councillor Lynda Williamson, said: “Congratulations to Clober Primary School on a great inspection report which highlights the school as having strong values and very positive relationships amongst children and staff.

“The report also recognises the school as having good levels of attainment in literacy and numeracy, with equality for all learners within the school.  The staff and school community should be very proud of their achievements, and I look forward to seeing Clober Primary continue to grow and flourish in the coming years.”

The full report is available on the Education Scotland website.