Well done to Mauricewood

Mauricewood Primary School and its nursery have both achieved ‘very good’ and ‘good’ ratings in a recent inspection.

The primary is 'very good' at meeting learning needs

The inspection by Education Scotland, the national body supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education, found the Penicuik primary school was ‘very good’ at meeting learning needs while learners’ experiences and improvements in performance both achieved a ‘good’ rating.

The nursery achieved 'very good' ratings

Meanwhile, the nursery achieved ‘very good’ ratings for improvements in performance and children’s experiences and a ‘good’ for meeting learning needs.

 Jointly, the primary and nursery schools were rated as ‘good’ for the curriculum and ‘satisfactory’ for improvement through self-evaluation.

Congratulations to staff, pupils, parents and carers

 Councillor Bob Constable, the cabinet member for education, congratulated the staff, pupils, carers and parents.

 He said: “Well done to everyone involved in such a positive inspection. The report also commended the supportive and inclusive ethos where children are happy, polite, settled and enjoy learning together.

Praise for the flexible approaches to meeting the children's needs

“Inspectors found staff keen to improve their professional practice in order to improve children’s learning and achievement. They also praised the flexible approaches taken by staff to meet the range of social, emotional and learning needs of children.

“With inspectors also highlighting the highly motivated nursery children who are actively engaged in making decisions about their learning, there’s obviously a huge amount of very impressive learning and teaching happening at Mauricewood. Congratulations.”

Areas for improvement have been agreed

 The following areas for improvement were agreed between inspectors, the school and nursery and the education service:

• Continue to develop the curriculum to provide progression in all aspects of learning.

• Continue to improve approaches to assessing and tracking children’s learning, helping them to understand their own progress and achievements.

• Improve approaches to school self-evaluation with a clear focus on improving outcomes for children.

13 Oct 2016