Inspection of Monikie Primary School and Nursery Class, Angus Council

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Key strengths of the school

  • Confident and motivated children who are keen to be involved in the life of their school. 
  • Aspects of children’s learning, including use of the outdoors.
  • Strong support shown by parents. 
  • The leadership of the headteacher in improving partnerships and identifying areas for school improvement.

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

  • Increase opportunities for nursery children to develop and apply their skills in literacy and numeracy.  
  • Review how children who need additional help with their learning are supported.
  • Use Curriculum for Excellence to plan progressive learning experiences across the curriculum.
  • Develop more robust systems to evaluate the work of the nursery and school, including tracking children’s progress.

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 Angus Council to build capacity for improvement in the nursery class 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 three requirements as a result of this inspection visit.

Editors' note

The full published letter and quality indicators (as applicable) are available on the school's report page on the Education Scotland website.

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