Education inspectors have this week praised extensive improvements which have been made at Tweedbank Primary School.
Members of HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) visited the school last month and have now highlighted a number of important strengths in a letter to parents.
These include children developing a pride in their school and speaking positively about their learning and achievements, children’s behaviour significantly improving and staff being more confident in implementing positive approaches to behaviour management.
Learning experiences across the primary stage are also consistently good and staff are now providing more challenging activities and developing children’s thinking skills.
Inspectors also said the standard of writing is improving well and children are developing skills in a progressive way, while staff have improved their approaches to curriculum planning and provided relevant and meaningful contexts for learning.
In her letter, Inspector Susan Gow praised school staff, Scottish Borders Council and the supportive parent council and wider parent forum, and pupils’ positive attitudes.
HMIe said it will not now need to revisit the school due to progress made since the initial inspection in June 2012.
Headteacher Alyson Weir said staff at the school had worked consistently and effectively in partnership with SBC to bring about significant school improvements.
“It is very pleasing to note our efforts have been acknowledged and that Tweedbank has the capacity to make still further and sustained improvement,” she said.
“I thank our supportive parent council, parents, our pupils, and all those associated with the improvements, for their hard work and commitment.”
Parent Council chairman, Justin McCormick, was also very pleased.
He said: “It must be noted that Mrs Weir and the Tweedbank staff team have worked diligently to implement all recommendations. As a result, the staff have instilled a positive and encouraging atmosphere for learning within the school as a whole.
“We are certain this positive progress will continue and consequently lead Tweedbank Primary School onwards and upwards still further.”
Inspectors did flag up several areas where further improvements can be made, including scope for nursery children to be stimulated and challenged. They also want to see continued improvements in the system for tracking children’s progress.