The high quality of education and care at Maidens Primary and Early Years Centre has been officially recognised. A positive appraisal report from Education Scotland found that the Primary was achieving 'excellent' performance for ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion, while the Early Years Centre received 'very good' evaluations across the board.
The Inspectors came to their conclusions after a recent visit to the school, which included discussions with parents, young people and staff. The inspection team found the following strengths in the school's work:
- The highly effective leadership provided by the Headteacher, which has created a strong inclusive and nurturing school and early years centre.
- The commitment, motivation and teamwork of all staff, in both the early years centre and primary school, to secure positive outcomes for all children, in particular those who require additional support.
- The high-quality learning experiences, both indoors and outdoors, for children in the early years centre.
- Enthusiastic children, who are eager to learn, and fully participate in school life .
- The outstanding commitment to inclusion, led by the Headteacher, and supported by all members of staff.
The following area for improvement was also identified:
- Continue to improve the curriculum and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in the school and to raise attainment further.
Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong learning said, "This is a great result for Maidens with their hard work and dedication clearly delivering a first-class education for children and their families.
"Particular praise was given to Headteacher, Bobby McPherson, for his highly effective leadership, with his example helping to inspire teachers and pupils alike to fully engage with their lessons, and particularly for those with additional needs.
"I'd like to thank everyone at the school for their continued hard work and look forward to seeing further progress being made to raise attainment in the years ahead."
Maidens Primary Headteacher, Bobby McPherson, welcomed the report, "Everyone here works hard to provide the best possible experience for our children and we're all very proud to have had our collective efforts recognised through this national inspection.
"We know that we have to maintain our good work to bolster learning, teaching and assessment in the long term, and the school's enthusiastic team will give this task 100% as we continue to deliver positive results."
The inspection report can be found on the Education Scotland website.