22 August
St Ninians Primary School ES Report

The report published on Tuesday 22 August presented findings from Education Scotland inspectors following their visit earlier in the year.

During the visit, inspectors assessed the school against four key quality indicators and awarded the highest rating of 'excellent' in two categories - leadership of change and ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion. Since 2017, less than 1% of primary school inspection evaluations have received an 'excellent' and the recognition of two 'excellent' evaluations reflects the sector leading practice within St Ninian's Primary School.

The school achieved the second highest rating of 'very good' for the remaining quality indicators for learning, teaching and assessment and raising attainment and achievement

The Nursery was ranked as 'very good' across all four quality indicators.

The inspection team picked out a number of strengths in the work of the school and nursery highlighting the outstanding leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders who together, help promote leadership across the school, empowering staff and children alike.

Nursery staff were commended for their highly effective teamwork and strong focus on the continuous improvement of the nursery and helping all children achieve the best possible outcomes.

Pupils were noted as eager learners as a result of high-quality teaching and learning experiences and environments provided by staff who continually reflect and develop their practice.

Staff were also praised for their understanding of inclusive practices, specifically around the delivery of purposeful and realistic experiences for children, including those with additional support needs and for the innovative support provided to families.

St Ninian's Primary School Headteacher, Lisamaria Purdie said: "The whole school community is absolutely delighted to have received such glowing feedback. Across both the school and nursery settings, our incredibly talented staff teams work tirelessly to provide a setting where our children are excited to learn and develop.

"The hard work never stops and we will continue to reflect on our approach to ensure that we continue to deliver the best possible learning experience for children and families."

Executive councillor for education, Andrew McGuire said: "Huge congratulations to everyone at St Ninian's. I have seen for myself that the school is home to a dedicated staff team who go that extra mile to support pupils and their families on a daily basis. This report reflects the magnificent efforts of all staff, from the schools headteacher and leadership team through to nursery leaders and support staff."

"Well done to all and I am excited to see what the future hold for the school and nursery."

The full report can be accessed via the Education Scotland website: https://education.gov.scot/inspection-and-review/find-an-inspection-report/find-an-inspection-report/details?id=4709