Arbirlot Primary ace school inspection

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A rural Angus school has been praised for fostering well-behaved, friendly and confident children following a recent report by Education Scotland.

The small primary school is not short on enthusiasm and inspector Sally Stewart was impressed by the strong sense of school identity and the pride the children demonstrate in their own school and community.

A hallmark of learning in a more condensed environment is exemplified at Arbirlot.

Inspector Stewart said: “At the primary stages children are engaged, motivated and confident, interacting very well with each other and with adults.

“Teacher-pupil relationships are very positive and children are very well-behaved and attentive during lessons. They have regular opportunities to be active in their learning and work well both independently and in groups.

“Children across all stages of the school work very well together, older children help younger ones particularly well.”

The children are not hampered by their smaller environment and the school support joint working with Carmyllie Primary School which was noted by the report as helping to children to undertake broader experiences, develop interpersonal and social skills, including the formation of friendships with a wider group of peers.

The school also enjoys a very high level of support from parents and the local community, without whose involvement the school would not be able to provide such an enriched curriculum.

The school was commended on the quality of the learning experience delivered by the cohesive staff team, who work well together and are constantly keen to improve the school.

“The Arbirlot team are delighted with our positive report,” said head teacher Helen Haigh. “The outcome reflects the hard work and dedication of all staff who are fully committed to the learning experiences for the children.

“This report confirms that Arbirlot is a great place to learn.

“Our Parent Council, who strongly support the school, are pleased that a true reflection of the school has been portrayed.”