Isobel Mair School and Family Centre - Newton Mearns

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Key strengths of the school

  • The positive, nurturing ethos and warm relationships across the Family Centre, school, sensory support and inclusion support services. 
  • Creative approaches to involving children and young people in their learning which are leading to rich, meaningful learning experiences. 
  • Support for learners’ communication including using high-tech communication aids.
  • Integrated and inclusive approaches to assessing children and young people’s needs, planning their learning and tracking and moderating their progress with key partners. 
  • Processes for self-evaluation which are impacting positively on learners’ experiences, achievements, their health and wellbeing and future destinations. 
  • The outstanding leadership of the headteacher and the impact of leadership for learning across the school.

We discussed with staff and East Renfrewshire Council how they might continue to improve the school and Family Centre. This is what we agreed with them. 

  • In the Family Centre, continue to build on opportunities for children to have responsibilities, be independent and make choices.

What happens at the end of the inspection?

We are more than satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are extremely confident that the school’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements. As a result, we will make no further evaluative visits in connection with this inspection. During the inspection, we identified aspects of innovative practice which we would like to explore further. We shall work with the school and East Renfrewshire Council to record the innovative practice and share it more widely.


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 was one requirement as a result of this inspection visit.

Editor's 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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