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Pupils and par­ents at Spit­tal Pri­mary have given their school a pos­i­tive re­port.

They were quizzed dur­ing a re­cent in­spec­tion by of­fi­cers from Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land.

Ev­ery par­ent who re­sponded to the sur­vey said their child en­joyed learn­ing at Spit­tal and that the school helped them be more con­fi­dent.

They were also unan­i­mous in prais­ing the school for safety and be­ing happy “over­all” with the fa­cil­ity.

How­ever, a fifth of re­spon­dents were un­happy at the lack of ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided out­with the class­room while 16 per cent didn’t feel the school asked for their view.

All pupils com­pleted a ques­tion­naire.

The school scored 98 per cent when asked if they “enjoy learn­ing at school”, with no chil­dren dis­agree­ing with the state­ment.

A num­ber of state­ments scored in the high 90’s, in­clud­ing “staff lis­ten to me and pay at­ten­tion to what I say,” I have adults in school I can speak to if I am up­set or wor­ried about some­thing,” and “I get help when I need it.”

How­ever, 10 per cent of pupils didn’t think the school en­cour­aged healthy eat­ing and an­other 10 per cent said they didn’t know what outof-school ac­tiv­i­ties were on of­fer to them.

A re­port into the in­spec­tion was first pub­lished in Au­gust, but the find­ings of the sur­veys only went to coun­cil­lors on a Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Area Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day (De­cem­ber 15).

The lead­er­ship at the school was also praised by both the in­spec­tors and staff mem­bers.

When asked if lead­er­ship at all lev­els was ef­fec­tive, 93 per cent of teach­ers ei­ther strongly agreed or agreed.

And, com­ment­ing on head teacher Joyce Pater­son, who started at Spit­tal last De­cem­ber, the re­port said she had “made a pos­i­tive start by work­ing closely with staff to set a clear di­rec­tion for the school.”

It added: “Staff work very well to­gether as a team.

“They are highly com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the work of the school. They will­ingly take on lead­er­ship roles and pro­fes­sional learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The in­spec­tors praised the “en­thu­si­as­tic, con­fi­dent, cour­te­ous chil­dren,” and the “sup­port­ive and nur­tur­ing ethos in which ev­ery­one feels val­ued, in­cluded and re­spected.”

Coun­cil­lors on the area com­mit­tee were told the school had al­ready im­ple­mented the changes sug­gested by the re­port, in­clud­ing con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the curriculum to im­prove pro­gres­sion and chal­lenge in chil­dren’s learn­ing; con­tin­u­ing to de­velop ap­proaches to as­sess­ing and track­ing chil­dren’s learn­ing, sup­port­ing them to understand their own progress and achieve­ments; and in­creas­ing the pace and chal­lenge to meet the needs of all learn­ers.

Af­ter the re­port was ini­tially pub­lished, Ms Pater­son had told the Re­former: “As a school, we will be look­ing at us­ing a va­ri­ety of teach­ing and learn­ing meth­ods to achieve the high as­pi­ra­tions we have for all our chil­dren.”

Happy place Pupils and staff at Spit­tal have praised the school

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