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Report highlights improvements at city school and nursery class

04/03/14

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

During their visit in January 2014inspectors spoke to parents and children and worked closely with the headteacher and school staff.

Inspectors found the following key strengths:

  • polite, well-behaved children who enjoy their learning and are a credit to their school;
  • strong relationships between staff and children which provide a positive environment for learning;
  • improved approaches to the teaching of reading and writing;
  • the promising start made to the gathering of information on children's progress and achievements.

The experienced headteacher is dedicated to continuing to improve the school and is supported well by the depute headteachers. In the nursery and primary classes, staff provide a positive climate which builds children's confidence and self-esteem. Relationships between teachers and children are positive and respectful and children also support each other well. This is particularly noticeable in the way children support their friends whose main home language is not English.

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:

  • develop consistently high-quality teaching and learning across the school;
  • increase the pace of curriculum improvement including approaches to assessment to meet the needs of all children;
  • improve the quality of provision for children in the class for pupils with additional support needs;
  • establish a clearer vision and shared culture of self evaluation which improves children's learning experiences and achievements.

An Area Lead Officer, will work with Aberdeen City Council in agreeing appropriate support for the school so it can continue to make improvements in the curriculum at the nursery and primary stages and improving outcomes for children in the additional support needs class.

Aberdeen City Council's Director of Education, Culture and Sport Gayle Gorman said: "We welcome this report from Education Scotland. It acknowledges the commitment and hard work of the school staff to provide a positive learning environment for the children. I am confident that the school will continue this progress to ensure sustained improvements."