Children at La Houguette Primary School are keen to learn and share their learning with adults and with each other.
They are proud of their school and speak positively about the opportunities they have within their lessons and through wider experiences.
These are some of the findings of the recent independent inspection of the school published today.
"A particular strength of the school is the variety of wider opportunities planned and provided by school staff, partners and the Parent Teacher Association which enrich children's learning. For example the strong focus on children planting and growing their own vegetables is helping them to develop a better understanding of where their food comes from. The headteacher recognises the central importance of the school in the community and has worked very hard since his appointment to foster and develop very positive community links," states the Report.
A team of three HM Inspectors spent three days in the school observing lessons, talking with learners and looking at their work, engaging in discussions with staff and parents, looking at school records and other documentation, and scrutinising responses to the pre-validation questionnaires.
The Report highlights the outstanding learning experiences that children have during their first year in school and supports the drive to extend this outstanding practice to other areas of the school.
"Overall, across Year 2 to Year 6, children could achieve more during lessons. Teachers need to be more responsive in their planning and to intervene and adapt their lessons in the moment to ensure all children are making the best possible progress in their learning."
"Children now make better progress as they build on the very effective learning in the Reception and Year 1 classes."
"Staff should now revisit the work which has begun to identify what makes a high-quality learning experience, In doing this, they should build on the most effective practice within the school and beyond, to ensure there is more consistently high quality learning for all children."
Headteacher, Richard Fyfe, joined the school in September 2015 with a clear focus on the importance of improving learning and teaching and the inspectors highlight the positive impact he has had on the school.
"There is clear evidence of the impact of the headteacher's leadership of change. For example, in creating a welcoming and nurturing whole school ethos where children, parents and staff feel valued; in developing links with partners and the community which enrich children's experiences; and in striving for consistently high standards in learning and teaching across the school."
Mr Fyfe said one of his main aims was to ensure that parents and the wider community feel more involved with the school.
"When I first joined the school it was clearly identified by staff, parents and our community that there was a real desire and opportunity to create a 'Learning, Happy Partnership' (to quote our school vision). The partnership with our parents and community is a crucial support for the hardworking staff as we all seek to provide the best and broadest learning experience for our children," said Mr Fyfe.
Deputy Paul Le Pelley, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, congratulated the school for achieving such a positive inspection report.
"On behalf of the Committee I would like to say a huge well done to the staff, children and wider community at La Houguette Primary," said Deputy Le Pelley.
"The inspectors have clearly identified that La Houguette is a school determined to build on the improvements already made and that they have a plan in place to do this. I was particularly heartened to hear about La Houguette's focus on promoting health and wellbeing and the fact that staff are alert to the social and emotional needs of children and any potential barriers to their learning."
The validation visit identified the following key strengths and areas to continue to approve:
- The dynamic leadership of the headteacher in driving forward improvements and in ensuring that the school is at the heart of the local community
- Respectful and confident children who are articulate and keen to contribute to their school
- The outstanding experiences for the youngest children
- Approaches to engaging parents and partners in the life of the school which lead to enriching experiences for children
- Approaches to seeking the views of the school community to help inform change
Areas identified for how the school might continue to improve:
- Continue with plans to share and improve practice in learning, teaching and assessment amongst the staff team. Focus on improving the depth of learning and timely interventions to ensure challenge within lessons for all children
- Continue to develop leadership at all levels in order that all children make the best possible progress
- Develop more focused improvement action points to ensure they have maximum impact on the work of the school
The Education Scotland inspection framework includes evaluations against six indicators which are judged against six levels; excellent, very good, good, satisfactory, weak, unsatisfactory.
These are the evaluations for La Houguette Primary School.
Improvements in performance
Teaching for effective learning
Meeting learning needs
Improvement through self-evaluation
Leadership of improvement and change
The full report can be found online at www.gov.gg/schoolinspections