Outstanding report for Northmuir

Headteacher at Northmuir PS, Kirriemuir, Mrs Paula Wharton gives a thumbs up to the excellent report with pupils from left: Chloe Robertson, Sophia Cameron, Marcus Dunsmore and Cora Stewart-East
Headteacher at Northmuir PS, Kirriemuir, Mrs Paula Wharton gives a thumbs up to the excellent report with pupils from left: Chloe Robertson, Sophia Cameron, Marcus Dunsmore and Cora Stewart-East

NORTHMUIR Primary School is one of the best in the country according to a recent Government inspection.

The inspection report saw the school praised for key strengths including a sense of ambition and high expectations; involvement of parents, partners and the community in supporting children’s learning; highly-skilled and reflective staff across the school who provide very high quality learning experiences and inspirational leadership of the senior management team.

Paula Wharton, head teacher, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the report; it represents years of commitment from the whole school community; teachers, support staff, parents, partners and children.

“It acknowledges the dedication of our highly skilled staff to meeting the needs of children and to delivering the Curriculum for Excellence in innovative ways.

“It recognises the involvement of parents, who support the school and their children so well. Most importantly, it celebrates the successes of our children of whom we are very proud.

“Like all Scottish schools, we have had to meet the challenges presented by the Curriculum for Excellence.

“With the support of Angus Education service, our staff have developed effective learning and teaching strategies and focused on building solid foundations in the key areas: literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, whilst embracing the demands of a changing world, especially in the field of technology.”

Dr Bill Maxwell, chief executive of Education Scotland, said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils, staff, parents and stakeholders at Northmuir Primary on the progress they are making in implementing Curriculum for Excellence for the benefit of their pupils.

“Our inspection shows that this is a notably high-performing school which has fully embraced the opportunities which the new curriculum presents.”

Dr Bill Maxwell, chief executive of Education Scotland, added: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils, staff, parents and stakeholders at Northmuir Primary on the progress they are making in implementing Curriculum for Excellence for the benefit of their pupils.

“Our inspection shows that this is a notably high-performing school which has fully embraced the opportunities which the new curriculum presents.”

Pupils and Staff at Northmuir Primary in Kirriemuir, Angus, were congratulated on their “excellent” report from school inspectors in an online chat with Learning Minister Alasdair Allan.

The Learning Minister logged on to the national schools intranet Glow, to speak with staff and pupils and discuss the inspection report. Dr Allan said: “The report shows that Northmuir primary is making great progress in delivering Curriculum for Excellence. Staff, pupils and parents will be proud of this report, which has seen the school receive three excellent ratings.

“Education in Scotland is moving with the time and our national schools intranet is helping to make sure pupils are learning online. I was delighted to be able to join those at Northmuir primary for a secure online discussion on Glow, which gave me the opportunity to offer my congratulations and find out more about the strengths of the school.”