Island primary receives positive report

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2 Feb 2011 - 13:46

An Argyll and Bute primary school and nursery has received a very positive report from HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE).

Luing Primary was praised for every aspect of provision for its 21 pupils, which includes five children in the nursery.

All areas of education at the school were evaluated as being either ‘very good’ or ‘good’. None were classed as ‘satisfactory’, ‘weak’ or ‘unsatisfactory’.

Among the particular strengths highlighted by HMIE were:

  • Confident and well behaved children who are very proud of their school and enjoy the wide range of activities to raise achievement, including the ‘UkuleleLuing’ band involving all children from P1-7.
  • Very effective teaching in the nursery and primary stages which provides children with interesting and motivating learning experiences, particularly through outdoor activities.
  • The nurturing and supporting ethos, based on shared values and mutual respect.
  • Leadership of the headteacher and the teamwork and commitment of all staff, teaching and support, to ensure all children make progress in their learning and enjoy school.
  • Partnerships with parents, support agencies and the island community to meet learning needs and broaden children’s learning experiences.

The Inspectorate also singled out for particular praise that the “children feel safe and happy, and are proud of their achievements”, that they “know about the need to conserve their environment and have recently gained a second Eco-Schools Scotland green flag award”, that “activities, resources and tasks motivate children to learn, develop socially and emotionally and become resilient and enterprising learners”, that “teachers try to give every child a regular opportunity to discuss how learning and teaching might be improved further” and that “relationships between all staff and children are strong and based on mutual care, trust and respect”.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Education and Lifelong Learning spokesperson, Councillor Ellen Morton, congratulated everyone at Luing Primary School and Nursery.

“This is a very good report, and I warmly congratulate all those who have worked so hard to make the school what it is – pupils, staff, parents and the wider community,” she said.

“The excellent work being done by the head teacher and his team in ensuring that Luing youngsters have the best possible start in their education will, I am sure, have a major impact when it comes to fulfilling their potential in secondary school and beyond.”

A full copy of the report can be viewed at