Top marks for school after in­spec­tors visit

Wishaw Press - - MAKING THE GRADE - Ross Thom­son

Staff and pupils at Or­chard Pri­mary in Over­town have been given a mas­sive thumb­sup by school in­spec­tors.

The school, which opened its doors in Au­gust 2016 fol­low­ing the merger of Castle­hill and Over­town Pri­maries, was vis­ited by HM In­spec­tors in the last school year.

And the in­spec­tors’ find­ings rated the school as ei­ther good or very good in all eight cat­e­gories.

Or­chard Pri­mary head teacher Jill Wood­ward said: “Our HMI com­pletely en­dorses our self-eval­u­a­tion of the school.

“It recog­nises the hard work of the chil­dren, staff team, par­ents and our wider part­ner­ships within the com­mu­nity and beyond.

“Since the school opened we have worked to en­sure that Or­chard Pri­mary, Nurs­ery and Lan­guage and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre (LCSC) is a safe and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

“The re­port cel­e­brates the suc­cess of the part­ner­ships we have de­vel­oped at Or­chard Pri­mary and how we ef­fec­tively use eval­u­a­tion to con­tinue our im­prove­ment and meet the chil­dren’s needs.”

In her re­port, HM in­spec­tor Den­nise Som­merville found the key strengths of the school were the “strong, strate­gic lead­er­ship” of the head­teacher, po­lite and well­be­haved chil­dren and staff who worked well as a team to cre­ate a car­ing ethos across the school com­mu­nity.

The in­spec­tor noted that staff should con­tinue to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren to lead their own learn­ing and raise ex­pec­ta­tions and as­pi­ra­tions to im­prove chil­dren’s at­tain­ment fur­ther.

How­ever, de­spite not­ing ar­eas for im­prove­ment, in­spec­tors were sat­is­fied the school had the ca­pac­ity to keep im­prov­ing and would not be mak­ing any fol­low-up vis­its.

The school’s deputy head He­len Macken­zie added: “We are very proud of what has been achieved since we opened in Au­gust 2016.

“We are a very strong team and this re­port has val­i­dated and recog­nised our suc­cesses.

“Our strong part­ner­ships and in­clu­sive ap­proaches were iden­ti­fied as very good.

“We are well placed to con­tinue our jour­ney into ex­cel­lence as our lead­er­ship of change was a key strength within the school.”

De­lighted Staff and pupils cel­e­brate at Or­chard Pri­mary

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