THE latest HMI inspection of Low Port Primary highlights positive pupils but there is room for improvement.
The HMI report looked at specific areas of the school’s work targeting physical education, reading in the upper school, and the involvement of parents.
Pupils were found to be “well mannered...confident and learn and achieve well.” It pointed out that they have a positive attitude to learning and are proud of their school.
But the report also found pupils were not always clear about what they were learning and how they could improve.
Very good progress was noted in PE, pupils were found to be developing their literacy skills very well, and in maths, mental calculations were accurate, but could be faster.
A need was expressed for “strategic leadership” so that the Curriculum for Excellence could be developed to benefit all the children. It was also found that a significant number of parents did not feel the school kept them well informed about their child’s progress.
Lawrence Fitzpatrick, executive councillor for education, said: “The report is very positive about the children and their attitude, and said that ‘overall, children are achieving appropriate levels of attainment and are making good progress from prior levels of learning’.
‘‘The report also noted a number of areas for improvement and we are confident that the school is well placed, with the support of education services, to take these forward.”
The HMI report praised the staff and their commitment to providing engaging learning experiences, the high level of parental engagement in the life of the school, and children’s experiences in physical education.
But inspectors requested improved arrangements for meeting the learning needs of all children, and improved self-evaluation, including monitoring and tracking children’s progress, with the aim of improving children’s learning experiences and achievements.