Pupils at St Columba's Primary School in Oban are happy, confident children who enjoy their learning and are proud of their school, according to a glowing report by HM Inspectors.
The report describes the school as having a caring, supportive and welcoming ethos built on faith values and a strong link with the local community. Children are appropriately challenged and there is a purposeful and hardworking atmosphere.
Inspectors praised the head teacher for the positive impact she has had on the school since beginning her appointment 12 months ago. She demonstrates effective leadership and provides clear vision and direction which the staff find motivating.
The high quality team work amongst all staff and their focus on improving outcomes for children was also praised in the report. Staff have taken on leadership roles which are leading to improvements in children's experiences and parents are also becoming more involved in the life and work of the school.
Argyll and Bute Council's Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville said, "This is a very positive report which highlights the school's many strengths and the high standard of teaching and learning.
"The commitment and dedication of pupils, staff, parents and the wider community shines through and everyone concerned should be very proud of what they have achieved. I warmly congratulate those who have worked so hard to make St Columba’s Primary what it is."
Headteacher Michaelina Maclellan said, “We are all delighted with the outcome of the inspection and I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this possible. The staff and pupils at St Columba’s Primary School work very much as part of a team and I am truly honoured to be part of such a committed, hardworking and dedicated group. We work tirelessly to ensure very high standards in all areas of the curriculum and we are very proud of what we have achieved. We are now looking to the future with confidence to continue to build on our success and strive for excellence.