Letham Primary gets glowing report card

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A tiny village school in north east Fife has been given top marks by inspectors, who praised its ‘articulate, motivated and creative’ pupils.

Letham Primary School, which has a roll of around 36, was under the direction of headteacher Ian Macaulay when it was visited by government inspector Lesley Johnstone.

Mr Macaulay has now retired and Louise Rennie appointed as acting headteacher.

In her report, Ms Johnstone described Mr Macaulay as ‘a very effective leader’ and noted the dedication of the staff in providing a ‘caring and stimulating’ ethos for learning.

She said the staff encouraged the children to have a ‘can do’ attitude.

At P1 to P3, they write ‘persuasive’ letters to famous Scots such as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and tennis star Andy Murray, inviting them to visit the school, and at P4-P7 Ms Johnstone was particularly impressed with the biographies the pupils had written about famous Scots in Victorian times.

Councillor David MacDiarmid, who represents the Howe of Fife, said the children were so highly motivated and engaged that they even enjoyed their homework.

“The staff deliver such a consistently high quality of teaching that it’s no wonder that the children have a ‘can do’ attitude,” he said.

“I hope that Nicola Sturgeon and Andy Murray accept the children’s invitation to come and visit their school.”