Top marks for Cupar primary

St Columba's RC Primary School, Cupar
St Columba's RC Primary School, Cupar

Cupar’s Catholic primary school has made ‘significant improvements’ in the 18 months since inspectors concluded it ‘could do better’.

In a report issued this week, Education Scotland inspector Moira Cummings praised St Columba’s for the improvements that have been made since February last year, when it was criticised for weaknesses in its curriculum.

Ms Cummings made a follow-up visit to the school recently and found that things had changed for the better.

“Since the original inspection, the school, with support from Fife Council’s education officers, has made significant improvements to the quality of its education provision,” she said.

“The school’s approaches to learning and teaching now help ensure that children’s needs are being better met through increased support and challenge in lessons.

“Children are actively involved in their learning and make more progress. The headteacher now ensures better leadership for learning.

“She is well supported by the depute headteacher who provides staff with clear guidance and support.

“The principal teacher also supports effectively with aspects of school improvement.

“Together, they work very well as a team.

She continued:“The school’s approaches to continuous improvement now make a difference to learning, teaching and children’s progress. Children’s curricular experiences are improving.

“The school now needs to take forward their plans to continue to develop the curriculum.

“School systems for improving children’s education now have a positive impact on children’s experiences and the quality of its work.”

Ms Cummings said that the school had made ‘significant progress’ in a number of areas, but further work was still needed to improve the curriculum.

She said that Education Scotland would continue to work with Fife Council on making improvements and that progress would be monitored.

In February 2014 a damning report was issued in which St Columba’s was criticised for the quality of its curriculum and told it was not making enough progress with the Curriculum for Excellence.

However, Ms Cummings reported that the school had improved pupils’ curricular experiences in line with national Curriculum for Excellence guidance.

“Children have increased opportunities to make more meaningful links in learning through motivating topics and projects,” she said.

Welcoming the report, Fife Council education officer Ralph Donaldson commented: “The headteacher, depute headteacher and all staff, with great support from pupils and parents, should be congratulated for what the school has achieved in a short period of time.”