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Top marks for Cairn Primary

 02 April 2015  |  

Cairn Primary pupils learning through creative art.

Cairn Primary pupils learning through creative art.

Children at Cairn Primary and Nursery Class in Maybole are motivated, enthusiastic and enjoy learning – and know how to sit on their 'behouchie'! 

The enthusiasm of pupils was just one of the many positive findings for the school following a recent inspection by Education Scotland. 

Inspectors praised Cairn's inclusive approach, the leadership and direction of the Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher, and the positive relationships between pupils and staff. 

They also recognised pupils' achievements in both French and their understanding of the Scots language – inspectors particularly noted that primary one pupils were "motivated by words such as 'behouchie' to describe the body parts of a character in a story". 

Areas identified for further improvement were to continue to improve children's achievements and to continue to improve the curriculum to provide challenging and relevant learning. 

Douglas Hutchison, Director of Educational Services, said: "Cairn Primary and Nursery Class is a welcoming school that is very much part of the local community. Both primary pupils and children in the nursery class benefit from positive learning experiences that really make a difference in giving them the best possible start in life. 

"And I was chuffed to see the response of the children to their Scots language teaching – I think that's the first time I've ever seen the word 'behouchie' in an inspection report! My congratulations to everyone involved in making Cairn such a success – children, parents, carers, staff and partner organisations." 

Fiona McDougall, Head Teacher of Cairn Primary and Nursery Class, added: "We pride ourselves on providing a supportive and stimulating environment where everyone is treated as an individual and I'm delighted the inspectors recognise this as one of the school's strengths. 

"Successful partnership working is at the heart of all we do at Cairn and we will continue to build on this to ensure our children are happy, engaged and get the chance to be the best they can possibly be."




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