Inspection of West Linton Primary School and Nursery Class, Scottish Borders Council

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Key strengths of the school

  • The articulate, polite pupils and their exemplary behaviour.
  • The new school and nursery building and its potential to benefit children’s learning experiences.
  • The willingness of staff to share their interests and skills to support one another and provide positive learning experiences for children.
  • Support from parents in widening children’s achievements through the variety of school clubs run by them.

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

  • Improve leadership and communication.
  • Raise attainment and improve pace and challenge in learning to meet the needs of all children.
  • Improve the curriculum and arrangements for assessing and tracking children’s progress.
  • Develop rigorous and robust approaches to self-evaluation to improve all aspects of the school’s work.
  • Fully involve parents, partners and the wider community to ensure the school, including the nursery, achieves its full potential.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

As a result of our inspection findings we think that the school and nursery needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements. Our Area Lead Officer will work with Scottish Borders Council to build capacity for improvement, and will maintain contact to monitor progress. We will return to carry out a further inspection within one year of publication of this letter. We will then issue another letter to parents on the extent to which the school and nursery has improved.

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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