Inspection of school and nursery

Stornoway Primary School and Nursery was recently inspected by Education Scotland.

Key strengths of the school were: Polite, well-mannered and articulate children who are very keen to learn; the positive and caring relationships between all staff and their pupils; the range of achievements building children’s confidence.

Inspectors discussed with staff and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar how they might continue to improve the school and nursery class.

It was agreed to develop further staff confidence and skills to plan quality learning experiences across all playrooms; to ensure consistency and challenge in learners’ experiences with children clear on their next steps in learning and attainment; to develop further self-evaluation and the curriculum to drive improvements in children’s progress and attainment in both Gaelic Medium and English provisions; to increase the use of Gaelic for delivering the curriculum from P2 and ensure that all children have opportunities to hear and use Gaelic in all features of the school’s work.

Inspectors reported: “We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision at the primary stages. We are confident that most of the school’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements.

“We are not yet totally satisfied with some of the provision in the early learning and childcare settings. As a result, our Area Lead Officer will work with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to build capacity for improvement and will maintain contact to monitor progress. Within a year of publishing this letter, we will ask Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for a progress report on how well they are making improvements to the early learning and childcare settings.

“We will also ask Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to keep parents informed of the extent to which the early learning and childcare setting has improved.