Work to do at school

Tweedbank Primary School.
Tweedbank Primary School.

Despite inspectors noting various improvements at Tweedbank Primary School, parents and teachers continue to express concerns.

Improved pupil behaviour, attainment, and greater support for pupils and teachers was outlined in a letter to parents last week, following a recent HM Inspectorate of Education visit, which came on the back of a critical report in June last year.

However, in questionnaires issued to parents, fewer said their child was being encouraged and stretched to work to the best of their ability than felt that ahead of the previous inspection.

There was also a significant drop in the number of parents who said the school was well led, down to 50 per cent from 63 per cent.

In addition, fewer teachers said they had an opportunity to shape the curriculum then previously.

However, headteacher Alyson Weir said: “I am pleased that the inspection team has acknowledged that improvements have been made since the last inspection.

“The school staff, parents and pupils have worked hard, in conjunction with partners, to bring about positive change at Tweedbank Primary School.

“We realise there is still work to be done, and all staff are committed and determined to bring about further school improvement.”

Council officers and an additional headteacher were brought in by SBC to help the school’s management team take action following last year’s inspection, which rated several are as ‘weak’.

In her letter to parents, inspector Isabel Robb said last week: “The headteacher and staff now need to sustain the progress which has been made to date, without the involvement of an additional headteacher, or the intensive support received from the senior education officer.

“They need to build on the start made to improving the school and ensure that behaviour continues to be well managed, allowing better learning to take place. More time is needed before the full impact of these improvements will be seen.”

Despite the improvements, Ms Robb said that there had only been ‘limited progress’ in improving learning in the nursery class.

Commenting on the inspection letter, chair of the parent council, Justin McCormick said: “The parent council is delighted that Tweedbank Primary School is showing significant improvements. We have recognised ourselves that improvements in behaviour have led to a calmer, more positive learning environment.

“We continue to support the school wholeheartedly over the next year and in the future.”

Inspectors will return to the school in a year’s time.