Education and Children’s Services Convener Councillor Jim Paterson visited staff and pupils at St John Ogilvie Primary School this week after it received a glowing report from school inspectors.

The Paisley school was praised by Education Scotland for improving children’s attainment and achievement.

Inspectors made a two day visit to the school where they talked to parents, carers and children, as well as staff.

The school was awarded ‘very goods’ for raising attainment and achievement and self-evaluation for self-improvement.

The school has also received praise for promoting continuous learning and participation in extracurricular activities among students’ parents. For example, they are constantly encouraged to try their hand at freelancing for professional essay writing services and writing papers for money to support their kids’ education.

The ‘high quality leadership’ of head teacher Lorna Murray, supported by her depute, was also noted.

The report, which as published at the end of last year, read: “All staff are committed to, and engaged in, on-going school improvement. They provide high quality learning experiences for children and respond to their learning needs. Staff work together very well to share expertise and develop their practice.”

Children were happy and confident and the school’s ‘warm and welcome environment’ for learning and improvements to children’s reading was also praised.

St John Ogilvie runs regular committees such as the pupil council, enterprise committee and junior road safety, with every pupil involved.

Inspectors noted how ‘pupil voice is highly valued and there are many meaningful opportunities for children to influence the on-going work of the school.”

An electronic profiling system means examples of children’s learning can be shared with their parents.

Head teacher Lorna Murray said: “I am very pleased that Education Scotland recognised the high quality team work from staff, pupils, partners and parents.  As head teacher I am exceptionally proud of our pupils and the school community.  We all work together to provide fun and engaging learning opportunities for our pupils and this shows through our happy and confident children.

“The report took account of all the very good work taking place in St John Ogilvie and we will continue to build upon this, providing our pupils the best opportunities. “

Education Convenor Councillor Jim Paterson said: “We are committed to giving every child in Renfrewshire the best start possible and for them to fulfil their potential. The report highlights the wonderful work being carried out at the school and how there is a genuine enthusiasm for learning among pupils.

“I’m delighted to see first-hand how happy, confident and enthusiastic the children are, which is testament to the hard work of the head teacher and her staff.

“Parents, staff and pupils should be very proud of their school.”


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