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Loch Ness-side school lands high praise from inspectors

By Neil MacPhail

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A small Inverness-shire primary school has received a high rating and a glowing report following its most recent inspection by Education Scotland.

The report on Glenurquhart Primary School (roll about 147) and Nursery in Drumnadrochit praised various qualities and strengths which inspectors found in the school, its pupils, and its staff.

Inspectors noted that they found: "Confident and articulate children who are proud of their school and the contribution they make to the local community. They display motivation and resilience in their attitude to learning and reflect thoughtfully about their own strengths and where they can improve still further."

The report said staff "deliver engaging high-quality learning and teaching across classes, and there is a strong focus on the development of key skills for learning, life and work that will help children to be successful in the future."

And there was praise for the "very effective leadership" of the headteacher Kerrie Laid in monitoring how well learners are attaining.

"She works closely with teachers to support all children to make very good progress in their learning and receive any additional support they may require," said the report.

Ms Laid said: “Everyone in our school, nursery and community works together to make Glenurquhart Primary all that it is, reflecting our vision of, ‘Guiding, Uniting and Supporting Success.’

"We are delighted to see this recognised in the report and the strengths identified. We will now use the advice for moving forward with improvement and our ongoing self-evaluation to continue to develop and progress positively.

“I am a very proud head teacher and would like to thank and congratulate all our children, staff, families, partners and wider community for their hard work and support as we continue our partnership to make Glenurquhart Primary the best it can be.”

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