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Inspectors visit Lybster primary school and issue report on strengths and weaknesses

By David G Scott

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Lybster primary school and nursery class were assessed by inspectors with key strengths and areas to be improved highlighted.

Highland Council shared an extract from a letter sent to the school in which it pointed out the main areas covered by the inspection.

Lybster Primary School was assessed by inspectors. Picture: Andrew Gunn
Lybster Primary School was assessed by inspectors. Picture: Andrew Gunn

Key strengths of the school

• Children across the school and nursery are polite, friendly and keen to learn. They like to contribute to the life of the school and look forward to having greater involvement in the future.

• The headteacher and staff team know children, their families and the community very well. Staff across the school and nursery are dedicated to the care and well-being of all children. They demonstrate warm and supportive relationships.

• The teamwork of the nursery staff. They demonstrate a strong commitment and enthusiasm to improve the quality of nursery provision.

The following areas for improvement were identified and discussed with the headteacher and a representative from Highland Council.

• Improve approaches, across the school and nursery, to make necessary changes at the right time. Involve children, parents and staff fully in identifying improvements which focus on helping children make the best possible progress.

• Improve learning, teaching and assessment so that all children experience consistently high-quality learning experiences, which are set at the right level for them.

• Improve children’s progress and attainment across the curriculum, with a clear focus on literacy and numeracy.

• In the nursery, senior leaders should develop a robust system to track children’s progress in learning. This should include an overview of the progress children have made since starting nursery.

The inspectors said the school “needs additional support and more time to make necessary improvements”.

They added: “We will liaise with the Highland Council regarding the school’s capacity to improve.

“We will return to carry out a further inspection of the school within a year of the publication of this letter. We will discuss with the Highland Council the details of this inspection. When we return to inspect the school we will write to you as parents/carers informing you of the progress the school has made.”

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