Inspection of St Michael’s Primary School, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Key strengths of the school

  • Outstanding leadership of the headteacher, principal teacher and teamwork of teachers and support staff across the school.
  • Quality and range of children’s learning experiences.
  • The school’s very inclusive, caring and nurturing ethos.
  • Exemplary arrangements for meeting children’s needs, including those who require additional support with their learning.
  • The involvement of parents in supporting children’s learning.
  • The school’s very effective arrangements for improving its work.

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

  • Continue to implement the priorities set out in the school’s very well-judged improvement plan.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

We are very satisfied with the overall quality of education provided by the school. During the inspection, we identified innovative practice in learning and teaching and the school’s approaches to supporting vulnerable learners, including looked after children, that we would like to explore further in order to share the practice with others. We are confident that the school’s very effective self-evaluation processes are leading to sustained improvement. As a result, we will make no further evaluative visits in connection with this inspection. As part of the arrangements for reporting to parents on the quality of education, the school and Dumfries and Galloway Council will continue to inform parents about the school’s future progress.

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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