Vow from education boss to act after criticism of Aberdeen school in inspectors’ report

An education chief today said Aberdeen City Council will ensure all recommendations in a critical report about a primary school are met.

Gayle Gorman, director of education and children’s services with the local authority, was reacting to the report by Education Scotland into the inspection at the Loirston School and Nursery.

The report said the school needs extra support to ensure it is up to standard when inspectors return in a year.

But it added that there was a positive care and support culture in the school and nursery, while the school was also praised for a renewed focus on improving children’s attainment in literacy and numeracy.

Ms Gorman said: “I am pleased the inspection team recognised the positive culture of care and support across the school and nursery, as well as the staff commitment to engage in new developments which will lead to improved outcomes and learning experiences for all pupils.

“The school, under the leadership of the recently appointed acting head teacher, has developed robust plans to ensure there will be a continued focus on raising attainment in literacy and numeracy and further develop the curriculum ensuring that all the recommendations contained in the report are fully met.”

The report stated the school needs to “establish effective approaches to self-evaluation and strategic planning, which support leadership at all levels, to secure improvements across the school and nursery; develop the school’s curriculum, taking full account of national guidance and expectations to ensure learning experiences lead to improvements in children’s attainment across all curricular areas; and “develop and implement robust processes to plan, assess, track and monitor children’s learning.

This includes the need to review the school’s arrangements for meeting the needs of children requiring additional support”.

Education committee vice convener Lesley Dunbar said: “The inspection team have recognised that across the school and nursery children are friendly, welcoming and keen to learn with most children enjoying and engaging positively in their learning.

“I am assured that an improvement plan has been agreed and is being put in place to develop more effective approaches.”