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Outstanding HMIE report for Kirkhill School


An outstanding report on Kirkhill School and nursery classes has been produced by Education Scotland following their visit to the school during the week of 3 September 2012.

The inspection team found the following key strengths:

  • the inspiring leadership of the headteacher and senior management team;
  • business partnerships which develop children's ambition, confidence, careers education and achievement;
  • engaged and empowered children who enjoy sharing their learning with a range of audiences;
  • the high quality nursery environment where children have quickly gained confidence to learn.

Inspectors found there is a strong sense of community within the school.  Staff, children, parents and partners have worked together to help the school to meet its aims.  The senior management team are knowledgeable and imaginative and lead the school very well.  They know the school's strengths and what needs to be improved and share their own very good practice to teachers.  Staff commitment to improving the school has benefited from a significant amount of high-quality professional development.

Inspectors were impressed by the range of opportunities which the school provides for children's personal achievements and how they are encouraged to become responsible citizens through undertaking responsibilities as monitors and supervisors and through committee work.

Groups of pupils have been successful in a range of sporting and cultural events and have become innovative thinkers through regular business challenges.  A number of children turned a 1 loan into 1,655 by running numerous events for the Micro Tyco challenge.  The school won an Anne Frank Schools' Award for promoting inclusion, diversity and equality.

Discussions with staff and the education authority addressed how they could continue to improve the school and nursery class and the following actions were agreed:

  • raise attainment in mathematics;
  • continue to develop approaches to assessment and curriculum planning to ensure that children have progressive experiences across the curriculum areas.

HMIE Inspectors will make no further visits to the school in connection with this inspection.

Aberdeen City Council's Acting Director of Education, Culture and Sport David Leng said: "We welcome this excellent report from Education Scotland.  It acknowledges the commitment and hard work of the headteacher, the senior management team and staff to provide a very positive and high quality learning environment.

"The school community should be delighted in their achievements and I am sure they will continue the wonderful work with confidence."

Lorraine Napier, headteacher of Kirkhill School and Nursery Class, added: "I am delighted that the report highlights and recognises our children as confident, ambitious and empowered individuals.  I am very pleased that our extremely successful business partnerships and the engagement we have with them is to be shared nationally with others as an example of innovative practice.

"We could not have achieved such a positive report without the hard work, support and commitment of staff, parents and partners.The inspection process itself was extremely positive, rewarding and supportive."