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Inspectorate report praises efforts of Kinloss Primary's Head Teacher, staff and pupils

By Garry McCartney

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Kinloss Primary’s head and pupils in the school playground.
Kinloss Primary’s head and pupils in the school playground.

A LOCAL village school has been commended in a report following an inspection.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) visited Kinloss Primary, which takes in a large number of children from Armed Services families being adjacent to Kinloss Barracks, last October and praised the head teacher, staff and pupils.

Mrs Rachel Wolford has been in the post for just over a year.

She said: We are really pleased that all of our hard work, dedication to the pupils and our improvement journey was recognised by the inspection team. We recognise and celebrate our uniqueness as a school and through our strong links with our local community, both civilian and service families.

An extract from the published letter for Kinloss Primary states: "A key strength of the school is the clear direction to whole school improvement provided by the headteacher. She has harnessed the support of the school community to introduce improvements which are bespoke to the unique context of the school."

The inspectors also praised her staff for their motivation and keenness to be involved in improving experiences for the pupils.

Another extract reads: "The team introduced successful approaches to wellbeing and mental health for the whole school community. These are encouraging a more open and positive culture and ethos.

"The motivated staff are increasingly seeking opportunities to work with colleagues from across the authority and more widely, helping to improve learning experiences and outcomes for children."

The pupils were also praised for being "articulate and keen" and eager to be involved in improving their own learning.

However, the inspectors endorsed the school’s twin priorities of improving attainment in literacy and numeracy, and improving approaches to monitoring and tracking progress with a particular focus on national standards.

The last word from HMIe was: "We are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve so we will make no more visits in connection with this inspection."

Mrs Wolford confirmed that, since the inspection, all school and nursery staff have started to implement the recommendations from the report.

She added: "We have a clear focus on raising attainment in literacy and numeracy, and improving the health and wellbeing of all of our children within our diverse community across our school.

"I’d like to personally thank all of the Kinloss Primary School and nursery staff for their continued hard work, and the difference they make to the learning experiences of all of our children here at Kinloss."

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