Village school gets top marks from inspectors

STAFF and pupils at Fintry Primary School are delighted after being awarded a ‘gold star’ from school inspectors.

Following a recent visit to the primary school and nursery class, HM inspectors said they won’t need to go back to the school in the near future - “as a result of the very good quality of education provided.”

The particular strengths of the school were the children’s achievements, enthusiasm for learning and, in particular, their keenness to take on leading roles and responsibilities.

A welcoming, inclusive and respectful ethos that supports high quality learning experiences in and beyond the classroom. The arrangements to support children with additional learning needs on their experiences and progress and very well established and highly productive partnerships with the local community.

The headteacher was praised for his inspirational and effective leadership and the commitment of staff in moving the school forward.

Headteacher David Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the report as we haven’t seen three excellents out of five for a school in other places.

“The whole of Fintry School and nursery community is delighted with the news. This was a big team scrutiny with five HM inspectors in for a week.

“They seemed very impressed and used phrases like: ‘Never in ten years have I seen...’ and ‘We would like to bottle up the ethos and take it to give away’.

“This is such a wide school community sharing ethos. Our children, our parents, our staff and our whole village community make this such a great place to be. This extends into the family and supportive feel given by Stirling Council who are, like us, passionate about putting children first.”

The report goes on to say: “As a result of the very good quality of education provided by the school, we will make no further visits in connection with this inspection. The education authority will inform parents about the school’s progress as part of the authority’s arrangements for reporting to parents on the quality of its schools.”