Inspection of James Gillespie’s Primary School and Nursery Class, Edinburgh City Council

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Key strengths of the school

  • Confident, articulate, well-mannered children who are ambitious to achieve and proud of their school.
  • The quality of children’s attainment in writing.
  • The high quality of teaching across the primary stages.
  • How well all staff work together to improve the school.

We discussed with staff and The City of Edinburgh Council how they might continue to improve the school and nursery class. This is what we agreed with them.

  • Continue with plans to develop children’s skills across the curriculum.
  • Improve management of information and communication systems to allow staff to focus on learning and teaching across the school.
  • Continue to improve children’s learning experiences in the nursery.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are confident that most of the school’s self evaluation processes are leading to improvements. Our Area Lead Officer will work with the City of Edinburgh Council to build capacity for improvement and will maintain contact to monitor progress. Parents will be informed of the extent to which the school has improved.


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

  • There were two requirements 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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