Outstanding leadership praised at St John's Primary School

 13 September 2018  |  


The high quality of education at St John's Primary in Ayr has been officially recognised. A very positive inspection report from Education Scotland found that the primary was achieving 'very good' performance for raising attainment and self-evaluation, with the leadership at the school singled out as outstanding.

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:

  • The outstanding leadership of the headteacher and the senior leadership team which is resulting in strong outcomes for all learners. There is a clear focus on gathering a range of information on how well the school is performing and identifying what they need to do next to improve. As a result attainment and achievement across the school is strong.
  • The support provided for all children, in particular those who experience barriers in their learning. Particularly strong is the outstanding support and inclusion of all children where staff have a deep knowledge and understanding of children needs.
  • An effective staff team who are committed to working well with parents, children and the community to continually improve the school. There are strong positive relationships across the school and the wider community. As a result there is a warm friendly atmosphere which reflects the Gospel values.
  • The school's approach to family learning is very successful in engaging parents in the life of the school and supporting them to improve their child's learning and achievements.

The following areas for improvement were identified:

  • Ensure greater consistency in high quality learning and teaching across the school. In doing this continue to develop ways of planning high quality assessments linked to planned learning and teaching. These assessments should provide opportunities for children to apply their learning.
  • Continue to develop ways to strengthen leadership of children across the school.

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said the results speak for themselves, "We're committed to placing schools at the heart of our communities and reports like these highlight the strengths of the staff who strive to make the children's education as good as it possibly can be.

"I'd like to congratulate Louise Gray and the team at St John's for achieving this notable national recognition, which is a ringing endorsement of the way they work and the benefits this approach brings to the whole school."

Headteacher at St John's, Louise Gray, welcomed the report, "We work hard as a team to make sure every one of our pupils gets the support they need to succeed and it's really encouraging to have our collective efforts recognised.

"I'd like to thank everyone at the school for making a difference each and every day and for the support of the community in making St John's such a positive place for our children."

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.

A copy of the above report is available here.