Reston Primary School impresses inspectors

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School inspectors have graded Reston Primary School as good, impressed with the children’s behaviour and motivation.

The school’s all-inclusive ethos and the effective management of headteacher Louise Sanders attracted praise from the inspectors as did the high level of parental involvement.

Inspectors were also impressed at the staff’s confident use of Curriculum for Excellence in lesson planning, opportunities for children to contribute to improving their school and well-managed transitions for pupils moving between nursery and P1 and from P7 to high school.

HM Inspector Alasdair Eadie found the school’s key strengths to be: well-mannered, enthusiastic and motivated pupils; an inclusive ethos that encourages all children to be proud of their school; the leadership of the headteacher and staff teamwork in taking forward school improvement; the effective partnerships formed with external partners and services to support the school in meeting children’s needs.

In order to further improve, HMIe recommended that Reston Primary School and Scottish Borders Council work together to: continue to develop children’s understanding of what they do well and what they need to do to improve; and develop a more streamlined system for keeping parents regularly informed of their children’s progress and help them support that progress fully.

Commenting on the report, school headteacher Louise Sanders said: “We are very pleased with the report and feel that HMIe really got to understand our school and nursery. We are delighted that the inspectors were impressed with our fantastic children who are learning and achieving so well and feel proud of Reston Primary School. These strengths are due to the quality of our teamwork in supporting all our pupils and in developing a broad and balanced programme of learning within Curriculum for Excellence.

“The inspection has enabled us to reflect on what we are doing well and given us clear guidance about how we can continue to improve. Our staff team across Reston and Ayton Primary schools are excited to be taking these developments forward.”

Dr Marion Ellison, chair of Reston Primary School Parents’ Association, added: “I would like to thank HMIe for this very positive report which clearly articulates the strengths of our school. I am sure the parents will join me in thanking staff and pupils for their hard work and achievements. Parents at the school often comment on the excellent communication and support provided by staff. The Parents’ Association is looking forward to working with staff and pupils to continue to build on our strengths.”