Midlothian primary school rated highly after recent inspection

Children at Woodburn Primary School in Dalkeith are “happy and respectful” and “learn and achieve well in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment”, according to the national body for improving education in Scotland.

Rated 'very good'

After visiting the primary school and nursery class in January, inspectors from Education Scotland rated the school’s learning, teaching and assessment as ‘very good’ while its work to raise attainment and achievement was also ‘very good’.

Thumbs up for nursery too

The nursery achieved two ‘good ratings' for securing children’s progress and learning, teaching and assessment.

Nurturing environment

In the report, inspectors noted ‘the very positive relationships across the whole school community which are based on the school values, kindness and mutual respect. Children are happy and respectful. They learn and achieve well in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment’. 

Highly effective senior leaders

The report adds ‘senior leaders are highly effective in their use of data to carefully analyse the progress of all children. Well planned supports are in place which meet the needs of learners well in the school and nursery’. 

Well deserved

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Ellen Scott congratulated the school community for the positive inspection report.

Working with partners

She said: “I’m delighted inspectors also recognise other key strengths including the very effective work with a range of partner agencies in both the primary school and nursery setting. This is ensuring children benefit from a wide range of universal and targeted support, which is improving outcomes for children. 

Best learning experience

“These ratings are testament to the whole school community’s commitment to nurturing pupils and giving them the best learning experience.”

Staff working collaboratively

Areas for improvement highlighted in the report are already underway, including staff working more collaboratively to share good practice.


1 May 2024