Sep 12 2008 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
STAFF and pupils at Gartmore Primary School have been praised by schools inspectors.
A report published by HM Inspectorate of Education identified a number of key strengths at the 34-pupil school.
These included the level of pastoral care and positive learning environment, including the “well behaved” pupils’ enthusiasm for learning.
The school’s approach to ensuring equality for all pupils, inclusion and supporting pupils with additional support needs; outdoor learning; and the school’s success in education for sustainable development and environmental education were also praised.
Other highlights were the range of specialist teaching inputs which enriched pupils’ curricular experiences and the leadership of the recently appointed headteacher (who is shared with Port of Menteith Primary School) in securing improvements and, with effective staff teamwork, setting the agenda for change.
Main points for action were that the school and education authority should continue to provide high quality and improving education.
The inspectors said in doing so they should take account of the need to continue to improve attainment levels in English language and mathematics and continue to introduce more active learning approaches which present pupils with opportunities to be independent and take responsibility for their learning.
The school was also asked to increase the level of challenge to better and more consistently meet all pupils’ needs and involve all staff in more systematic approaches to evaluating the work of the school.
The school and the education authority have now been asked to prepare an action plan showing how they will address the main findings and to share the plan with parents.