PUPILS and staff at a Barrhead school have been celebrating after receiving a glowing report card.

Inspectors from Education Scotland who visited St Mark’s Primary praised the school in a number of areas, including its commitment to staff development and creation of a caring community.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, East Renfrewshire’s convener for education and equalities, paid a visit to the school to congratulate all those involved.

He said: “Well done to everyone at St Mark’s Primary for achieving such a positive report.

“It is particularly pleasing that inspectors highlighted the leadership of the headteacher, who works extremely hard with the staff and wider school community to drive forward improvements.

“This inspection was carried out under Education Scotland’s new inspection framework, which places higher expectations on schools and nurseries, so for St Mark’s to receive such a strong report is testament to the hard work which goes on every day by all the pupils, staff and parents.”

Natalie Fitzsimmons, headteacher at St Mark’s Primary, added: “I am delighted that this report is so positive and highlights the work we have done to support families’ wellbeing.

“A lot of effort has been put into this area and we are pleased that it is having a significant impact on the school community.”

An action plan has now been set out by the school to address the agreed areas for improvement.

Ms Fitzsimmons said: “Our pupils are a credit to the school and their families and the recommendations which are made in the report will help us to continue to make improvements as we strive to improve the learning opportunities available to all.”