Inspection of Hope Community School and Nursery Class, Orkney Islands Council

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Key strengths of the school

  • Children's respectful, caring attitudes towards one another and their motivation for learning
  • The commitment of staff to improve learning experiences for children
  • Outdoor learning opportunities which have improved children's learning experiences
  • Strong partnership with parents and the local community to support and enhance the curriculum
  • Commitment and enthusiasm of the headteacher to improving learning for all children

We discussed with staff and Orkney Islands Council how they might continue to improve the school and nursery class. This is what we agreed with them:

  • Increase opportunities for children in the nursery to make better progress in their learning, and ensure all children are having their needs fully met.
  • Continue to develop consistent, high quality feedback to help children understand what they need to do to improve.
  • Review approaches to supporting children's learning to ensure there is sufficient progress and challenge.
  • Continue to develop the curriculum, with a particular focus at the early stages to ensure that all children build effectively on their prior learning.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are confident that the school's self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements. As a result, we will make no further visits in connection with this inspection. As part of its arrangements for reporting to parents on the quality of education, Orkney Islands Council will inform parents about the school's progress.


Under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, HM Inspectors have a duty of co-operation in our scrutiny functions. In the inspection of early education and childcare, we co-operate with the Care Inspectorate. Where requirements are made as a result of findings of the inspection, these refer to relevant Care Inspectorate legislation.

  • There was one requirement as a result of this inspection visit.

Editors' note

Copies of the full published letter and the quality indicators are available on the school's report page on the Education Scotland website.

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