HMIE gold star for Heriot

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Christine Grahame MSP has congratulated Heriot Primary School on its positive inspection report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

The HMIE report praised the “courteous, motivated pupils”, “the teachers’ stimulating learning experiences for children”, “the staff working well together to provide a positive and caring climate in which children learn effectively”, and “the leadership of the headteacher in improving the school”.

Ms Grahame, SNP member for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said: “The staff, pupils, parents, and wider community should all take the credit for this glowing report, which highlights a number of key strengths.

“It is particularly pleasing to note that the youngsters are involved in a wide range of out- of-school activities and work well with their community and other organisations to learn new skills. There can be real educational and social benefits to pupils from delivering quality education through small rural schools located in the communities in which they live.”

Headteacher Jenny Grant said: “We are delighted that the many strengths of our school have been recognised, especially the broad range of stimulating learning experiences we provide. We continue to be committed to improving even further. I am so proud of the wonderful staff and pupils at Heriot Primary.”

The chair of the parent council, Dr Sharon Abrahams, added: “This is a very good report, in particular highlighting the stimulating and caring learning environment the school provides. The positive and reassuring comments are all very well deserved, and staff and pupils should be congratulated for their high achievements. As parents we will continue to support the school’s good work to ensure Heriot has a bright future.”

Staff and the local authority now have two main focuses for future development at the school: “continue to improve approaches to assessment, moderation and tracking of attainment and achievement”, and “ensure there are appropriate challenges for all learners”.

Ms Grahame concluded: “I am sure, given what is currently happening within the school community, that all those involved will endeavour to achieve these goals and ensure the learning environment at Heriot Primary continues to be a positive one.”