Inverclyde Primary Gains National Praise

Tuesday 18 September 2018

An Inverclyde Council primary school has received one of the best reports in Scotland this year by official government inspectors.

Gourock Primary School Exterior June 2018

Gourock Primary has been praised for the outstanding leadership and vision of the head teacher and her depute, the commitment of staff and motivated and engaged children.

Head teacher Patricia Robertson said: “All of the staff and I are absolutely delighted with such an excellent report from the team of inspectors from Education Scotland.

“The inspection was a very positive experience which has recognised the hard work, effort and commitment of all of the staff and stakeholders of Gourock Primary in providing such high quality learning experiences for our children.

“Throughout the week the inspectors were greatly impressed by the children who they said are motivated, engaged in their learning and highly skilled in talking about their strengths and what they need to do to improve. We are also very proud that one of our many strengths is our approach to improving the wellbeing outcomes for all of the children.”

Other key strengths include the school’s contributions to the local community, and the well-planned opportunities for staff, children, parents and partners to be involved in evaluating the work of the school.

Education & Communities Convener Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “This is truly an excellent report and I would like to congratulate everyone at the school for their efforts.

“Education is not simply about bricks and mortar – and we have some of the best new and refurbished schools in Scotland – but the quality of the people inside.

“We are fortunate in Inverclyde to have highly motivated and committed staff teaching eager and enthusiastic children who want to learn.”

Education Scotland’s evaluations for Gourock Primary School

Leadership of change                                                     excellent

Learning, teaching and assessment                               very good

Raising attainment and achievement                              very good

Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion                     excellent

Education Scotland inspectors visited Gourock Primary School in June 2018. During their visit they talked to parents/carers and children and worked closely with the head teacher and staff.

A more detailed document called Summarised Inspection Findings is available on the Education Scotland website.

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