STAFF and pupils at an East Renfrewshire school are celebrating after inspectors gave them a glowing report.

The Education Scotland team described children at Kirkhill Primary in Newton Mearns as “articulate and confident” and “very proud of their school.”

The inspectors noted: “They are highly motivated and engaged in their learning and enjoy sharing knowledge with others.”

Headteacher Liz Matthews was also praised for her “strong leadership and direction” and the report added: “Working closely with all staff, she builds and sustains a nurturing and inclusive school culture. This supports children very well to achieve and attain.”

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The report also said teachers used their knowledge and skills “very well to support and enhance learning across the curriculum…driving forward continuous improvement and securing positive outcomes for all children.”

The school’s approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skill-based learning was also praised.

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Inspectors added: “Children build and apply their skills and knowledge across the curriculum. High levels of attainment and achievement are sustained across the school.”

The inspectors advised, after discussion with the headteacher and a representative from East Renfrewshire Council, that teachers should “continue to provide further opportunities for children to lead actively their own learning in lessons” and “continue to develop ways to support children to identify and reflect on the skills they are developing across the curriculum.”

Ms Matthews said: "We are delighted to receive such a positive inspection report from Education Scotland.

“We are committed to providing the very best experiences for all our pupils, and this report shows that the approach we’re taking is having a really positive impact.

“It is a privilege to lead this school every day, with a fabulous team of staff working tirelessly to continue to improve the opportunities we provide.

“I was particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised our pupils are proud of their school, motivated in their learning and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others."

The full report is available on the Education Scotland website.