Positive report

TANNADICE Primary School and Nursery has received a positive report from HMI inspectors following an inspection in April this year.

At the time the school roll was 109, including 18 in the nursery. The particular strengths were that the children are motivated, enthused and engaged in their learning; positive working partnerships across the school community; the head teacher’s leadership of improvement and the staff’s leadership for learning.

Whilst almost all children in the nursery are happy and well settled, a few children do not engage so well in their play and would benefit from more support to develop and extend their ideas. In the primary classes, children are motivated and keen to learn. They have a very positive learning experience in all classes. Children’s achievements at nursery are celebrated through discussion, photographs and displays around the nursery. They are developing an early understanding of important environmental issues by recycling and reusing household items to make models. At the primary stages, children are developing strong personal and social skills by working with others in the pupil council and by participating in house teams.

In the nursery, staff have organised the playroom into a number of different learning areas. Some of these areas captured children’s interest more than others. Staff should give children more options to choose from and encourage children to become more independent. They are planning to deliver a more flexible and responsive curriculum which is based on play and active learning. In the primary classes staff are keen to improve learning experiences for children, however the children would benefit from more opportunities to use technology to support their learning.

The headteacher has developed a very clear vision and sense of direction for the school in consultation with staff, parents and children. She has the trust of those who work with her and has developed very effective arrangements for further improvement within the school. Teachers and early years staff have enthusiastically used high-quality training to improve children’s learning experiences.

The inspectors found the school provides a very good quality of education and will therefore make no further visits in connection with this inspection.

They recommend the school further extends opportunities for children to lead and take responsibility for their learning; maximise the use of the school grounds for learning and continue to develop curriculum planning and provision across all stages of learning.