AN East Renfrewshire school has been praised for it’s ‘caring ethos’ in a glowing report from inspectors.

Staff from Education Scotland visited St John’s Primary School, in Barrhead, before lockdown began, evaluating a wide range of areas to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
The quality of ‘ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion’ was deemed as very good, with ‘leadership of change’, ‘learning, teaching and assessment’, and ‘raising attainment and achievement’ all highlight to be good.

Particular strengths evaluated by the inspection team included the sense of belonging created by staff in which children feel happy and valued. 

It was noted that the leadership has established strong relationships across the school community and teachers’ enthusiastic approach to professional learning to support improved experiences for pupils.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities, told the Barrhead News: “It is particularly pleasing that inspectors highlighted that children feel happy and valued within their school. 

“The work that the senior leadership team has done to create a real community ethos has also been recognised.

“I know that this hard work will continue. 

“Well done to everyone at St John’s Primary for achieving such a positive report.”

The inspection team identified two areas for improvement, which included the newly established senior leadership team continuing to improve the monitoring and tracking of children’s progress to ensure a clear focus on raising attainment across all curriculum

Head teacher Rosemary Crossan said: “Our pupils are a credit to the school and their families.

“The recommendations in the report will help us to continue to make improvements as we strive to improve the learning opportunities available to all.”