Fordbank Primary School in Johnstone achieved top marks in a recent inspection by Education Scotland.

The school received three good and one very good grades on the four quality indicators audited – leadership of change; learning, teaching and assessment; raising attainment and achievement; and ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion.

The inspection, which was part of a national sample of education, showed that the school’s strengths were:

-Effective leadership of the acting headteacher.

-Strong inclusive ethos in which children feel safe; cared for; and valued.

-Children show a high level of respect for one another.

-Strong partnerships with parents that supports children’s learning.

Carol McCormick, Headteacher of Fordbank Primary School, is delighted with the school inspection results. She said: “Everyone in the school is passionate about the learning and teaching experience in Fordbank Primary School. It’s fantastic to have a positive report that reflects on the support we give to all pupils to achieve their potential within an inclusive and nurturing environment. That ethos is at the heart of what we do at Fordbank and all staff share a commitment to continuous improvement with a clear focus on raising attainment for all and closing the poverty-related attainment gap.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson,said: “The result for Fordbank Primary School shows that teachers, parents and staff are all working together for the benefit of the pupils.

“Audits are supportive tools to continuously improve education and schools. This positive report shines a light on four key areas of strength in the school, but also encourages Fordbank Primary School and Renfrewshire Council’s Children’s Services to make further improvements in relation to strategic planning on raising attainment levels and building on pupil’s learning as they move through the school.”

Council officers and teachers in the school are now preparing an action plan to address areas of further improvement, which will be shared with parents.

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Photo Credits

1. Photo captions left to right

a) Rebecca Brown, P7, Logan Davison, P3, Education and Children’s Services Convener, Cllr Jim Paterson, Jamie Lynne Wallace, P4, Carol McCormick, Headteacher, Bryan Duncan, P6 and Beth Kelly, P5.

b) Laura McCracken, P5 teacher, Kirsty Stevenson, P4 teacher, Lesley McArthur, P3 teacher, Lyndsay Gray, P2 teacher, Carol McCormick, Headteacher, Education Convener, Cllr Jim Paterson, Lorna Nathani, ACE Base teacher, Anne Connor, P1-3 Classroom Assistant, Moira Traynor, P1 teacher, Joanne Kerr, ACE Base Classroom Assistant, and Kirsteen Kennedy, P3-7 Classroom Assistant.

c) Cara MacDonald, P6, Education Convener, Cllr Jim Paterson, and David Dougal, P4.