The high quality of education at Barassie Primary School and Early Years Centre has been officially recognised. A positive inspection report from Education Scotland found that the primary was achieving 'good' performance across the board with attainment levels and effective team work highlighted as key strengths.
The inspectors came to their conclusions after a recent visit to the school, which included discussions with parents, children and staff.
The inspection team found the following strengths in the school's work:
- Children's attainment in literacy and English and the good progress being made across the school to develop approaches to help children to learn and make progress in numeracy and mathematics.
- The strong commitment to teamwork in the school and early years centre. All staff work well together. They are keen to take forward school improvements and secure positive outcomes for children.
- The understanding that staff have of children as individuals and the support they provide to help children make progress.
- The strong links which staff in the early years centre have with parents.
The following areas for improvement were identified:
- The school should build on its positive work on Rights education, and its development of nurturing approaches, and continue to improve relationships across the school.
- Develop more consistent approaches to learning, teaching and assessment across the school and early years centre. These should more clearly inform planning for learning to ensure that all children experience appropriate challenge in their learning.
- Use tracking information to identify more clearly trends and patterns and raise attainment of individuals and groups of children more effectively.
Inspectors are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve and so they will make no more visits in connection with this inspection.
Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said the results were encouraging, "We're committed to delivering learning and development opportunities for children and families in need, with education going to the heart of our work with communities.
"This positive report for Barassie highlights good levels of attainment and strong levels of teamwork, with the learning environment helping to inspire children to reach their maximum potential.
"I'd like to congratulate head teacher, Linda Clarkson, and her staff for their continued hard work which is supporting children and their families to be the best they can be and look forward to seeing further progress in the years ahead."
A copy of the report is available on the Education Scotland website.