‘Good’ school wins praise for teaching

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INSPECTORS have praised a large primary school after finding its pupils were well cared for.

Consistently-high attendance figures were a feature of life at Greystones Primary School, where children grew into sensible and thoughtful youngsters who were a pleasure to be with, according to its latest Ofsted report, which has rated the school as ‘good’.

The Tullibardine Road school, which has 489 pupils registered, had a welcoming atmosphere in which children felt completely safe and secure, and the inspection team felt their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was outstanding.

The new report, based on a visit last month, said pupils achieved well academically and, by the time they were ready to move on, attainment levels were above average.

Inspectors found the quality of teaching was good, but said it was not yet of consistently-high enough quality to accelerate the children’s progress further.

Staff changes had resulted in a period of uncertainty, but performance levels had remained good.

Overall, inspectors felt the school had good capacity for further improvement, but called on teachers to take every opportunity to challenge pupils to speed up their learning.

Headteacher Chris Jennings said: “The report is something the school community can be proud of. Every area of the school’s provision was judged as being at least good.

“The fact the school has achieved this despite the significant changes and upheaval it has experienced over the last couple of years is testament to the hard work and determination of the staff and governors and to the level of support given by parents and the community.”

n For the full report, see www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107098