STAFF and pupils at a school and nursery for youngsters with complex additional support needs were celebrating after it scored top marks in a recent HMIe report.
Campsie View School and nursery in Lenzie, which draws more than half of its intake from Milngavie and Bearsden, is the first establishment of its kind in Scotland to receive an impressive four ‘excellent’ and four ‘very good’ grades in the report which was published just after the start of the new term. The inspection was carried out in May.
Head teacher Carole Bowie, who has been at the helm since 1997, said it was a very high accolade and affirmation the school was going in the right direction. She said: “We are committed to continued improvement and we all work together to get better and better. This is a very high accolade.”
The nursery takes children from two up to five and some of the children then go on to the senior school with others going into mainstream education.
In all there are 77 pupils, including 16 in the nursery from throughout East Dunbartonshire.
Inspectors praised the school for its ‘happy young people’ who are enthusiastic and enjoy learning, the high quality learning and teaching and the imaginative approaches to developing the Curriculum for Excellence.
Inspectors said the inspirational leadership of the head teacher, supported by the deputy head, had a positive effect on young people.
Mrs Bowie added: “We are the first school of our kind in Scotland to get an excellence for the curriculum. We follow the same curriculum that as in mainstream schools. I believe another school similar to ours has now achieved this but we were the first.”
Councillor Una Walker, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s education committee, said: “This is an excellent report for the school and nursery class.
“The head teacher and her staff have to be congratulated for the quality of education, teaching standards and the dedication that they provide to the young people in their care.”
The school was awarded three excellent marks, the nursery received three very good grades and the curriculum at both was rated excellent. Improvement through self-evaluation was identified as being very good.