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City school and nursery class get good marks in report

14/01/14

Kaimhill School and Nursery Class in Aberdeen have received a good report following an inspection by Education Scotland.

During their visit in November 2013 inspectors spoke to parents and children and worked closely with the headteacher and school staff.

Inspectors found the following key strengths:

  • confident children who are proud of their nursery and school;
  • the work of the Additional Support Needs [ASN] units for children who require additional support with their learning;
  • the teamwork of all staff in creating an inclusive learning environment and delivering high-quality pastoral care;
  • developments to promote children's active involvement in literacy and science.

The report notes how children are able to influence the work of the school through the pupil council, charity committee and house system. The children are motivated to do their best through a range of school initiatives to celebrate their achievements such as the end of term 'Celebration Awards' ceremony and regular recognition at assemblies. Health and wellbeing feature strongly in the children's learning and positive links with Robert Gordon's University support this work. Across the school children achieve very well in science. They enjoy being 'science technicians' and the school has received recognition for its achievements including a bronze Primary Science Quality Mark.

Inspectors discussed with senior school staff and quality improvement officers from Aberdeen City Council how they could continue to improve the school and nursery class. It was agreed that staff should:

  • continue to develop the curriculum as planned;
  • develop a greater consistency in tracking children's progress and achievements to ensure they make suitable progress;
  • increase pace and challenge in the nursery to meet the needs of all learners;
  • improve approaches to monitoring the work of the school and nursery to ensure further improvement.

As a result there will be no further visits to the school in connection with this inspection.

Aberdeen City Council's Director of Education, Culture and Sport Gayle Gorman said: "This is a good report from Education Scotland. It acknowledges the leadership of the senior management team and the hard work, enthusiasm of staff to provide a positive and high quality learning environment.

"The school community should be proud of everything they have achieved to date which I am sure will continue."