The perfect report card

Isabelle McBain with Cllr Crooks and Ken Greer and Strathallan pupils
Isabelle McBain with Cllr Crooks and Ken Greer and Strathallan pupils

In a first for Fife - and Scotland - Strathallan Primary School and Nursery has scored eight ‘excellents’ following a recent inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education (HMIe).

In a report published this week, inspectors found the school and nursery to be outstanding in all areas.

They highlighted a number of strengths including the excellent start the children are being given in developing the skills they need for life, learning and work and the innovative approaches for involving children in reviewing, evaluating and improving their learning and achievements.

The headteacher’s leadership was also described as ‘inspirational’ and leadership and staff teamwork have an outstanding impact on improving the school and nursery.

The glowing report has been welcomed both by those within the school and in the wider community.

Isabelle McBain, headteacher, said: “I am absolutely thrilled for the staff, pupils, parents and carers.

‘‘To be awarded these levels across not only the school but the nursery as well, is a fantastic achievement.

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‘‘To be the first in Scotland is a tremendous accolade.

“Children are at the heart of Strathallan. There is a very strong sense of ownership by all. This is heavily supported by our parents, carers and members of the community. I am delighted the HMIe saw this.

“I am so proud of the children and I feel very privileged to lead a team of dedicated staff who strive to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.”

Kirkcaldy MSP, David Torrance said: “This report highlights the ethos of professionalism and caring which is obviously in existence, and exemplifies the best of our educational system.

“I would like to congratulate everyone and will be putting forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament in recognition of their success.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee said: “There should be some civic recognition by our committee of this national sector leading school to ensure this historic achievement gets properly acknowledged.”

Kenneth Greer, Fife’s executive director of education, added: “It comes as no surprise to us that Strathallan has been recognised in this way in the light of the way in which the school has grown since it opened six years ago.”