Very good show


PUPILS and staff have been given a glowing report from education bosses.

Thornliebank primary has received six very good from HMIe inspectors.

These were awarded for improvements in performance and learners’ experiences in both the primary school and nursery evaluations, plus very good in the curriculum, and improvements through self-evaluation.

Headteacher, Maria Speirs, said: “We are all delighted with the report which is a tribute to all the work put in by pupils, staff and parents.

“I am particularly pleased the inspectors recognised the positive ethos, genuine team work and commitment to improvement which exists at Thornliebank”.

Inspectors highlighted the welcoming, friendly learning environment and the children’s leadership of school improvement and their confidence when sharing their views.

Also acknowledged was the wide range of environmental, health promoting, sporting and cultural activities that go on in the school.

Staff were acknowledged for their teamwork and their contribution to school improvement.

Ms Speirs was praised for her leadership qualities as was deputy headteacher Jannette Black and all of the principal teachers for their support.

East Renfrewshire council’s education convener councillor Alan Lafferty welcomed the report.

He said: “The six very goods are a clear indication Thornliebank primary school is providing a very good quality of education and has a very clear sense of direction.

“It is a credit to both parents and the school, that the inspectors noted that relationships between all staff and children were friendly and marked by mutual respect”.

An action plan has now been devised to address the agreed areas for development within the school and will report to parents on progress made towards meeting these targets.

Thornliebank primary and nursery consists of three buildings.

The older building was constructed in 1897, the newer building was built in 1961 and the third in March 1996.