Gold stars for school after HMI inspection

Netherlee school inspection report
Netherlee school inspection report

Staff and pupils at Netherlee Primary School are celebrating after the school was rated excellent in three out of five areas.

Education Scotland’s assessment has put the school among the very top performing primary schools in Scotland.

In her report to parents and carers published this month, HM Inspector Elizabeth Montgomery noted that Netherlee is a very large primary school with a roll of 685, and that the school’s improvement plan had impacted on a high number of children.

She said:“Over the past three years the improvements in children’s attainment and achievements are outstanding. The development of successful, confident and responsible children through participation and achievement in sport and the performing arts is excellent.”

The three areas the school was rated excellent in were: improvements in performance, learners’ experiences and improvement through self-evaluation

It also achieved ‘very good’ ratings in the remaining two indicators, meeting learners’ needs and the curriculum.

This is Netherlee’s first inspection report since increased expectations were introduced by Education Scotland 18 months ago and East Renfrewshire Council’s Director of Education, Mhairi Shaw, is delighted.

She said: “This glowing report is testament to the very hard work of all pupils, staff and parents. I’m particularly pleased to see recognition given to the excellent leadership of the headteacher and shared leadership of the staff team.”

Netherlee headteacher Joanne Scott said: “We are delighted that the many strengths and achievements of Netherlee Primary have been recognised by Education Scotland. Our success is a reflection of the dedication, hard work and commitment of our whole school community. Together staff, children and parents have worked hard to fulfil our ambition to provide the very best learning experiences for our children.”

The report was particularly impressed with parental involvement in out-of-class activities, praising the ‘Chooseday Club’ where parents lead the children in exploring a range of topics, for participation by the majority of pupils.