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Langbank P1 teacher Amanda Quail with pupils Georgia and Issac

Nurturing school ethos is helping Langbank pupils reach for the sky

Pupils at Langbank Primary School jumped for joy when they learned their school passed its HMiE inspection with flying colours.

The school found out the good news in August, but the report has just been put in front of councillors at the latest Education and Children's Services Policy Board.

The work of teachers and pupils on Raising Attainment and Achievement was rated as Very Good, with Learning and Teaching classed as Good 'with elements of Very Good'.

A huge amount of hard work has gone into significant changes within the school during the last four years, including redeveloping outdoor learning spaces to have an outdoor classroom and new school garden.

Teachers and school staff have all worked hard to increase attainment for the whole school, and the support of parents and the community were also noted as having a positive impact on the school.

What the pupils think

Langbank P7 pupils Evan and Freya

We asked three P7 pupils what they thought of their school's latest inspection results.

Harry said: "I am grateful for the teachers and I am happy that we are such a good school."

Isla said: "I am really pleased with our report as we have all worked so hard."

Evan said: "I am very glad that we have got this far as a whole school working together."

A word from the Headteacher

Langbank Primary School Headteacher Simon Cundy with pupils Evan, Freya, Issac and Georgia

Simon Cundy said: "We were delighted with the inspection findings. Over the last four years we have worked very hard as a community to take forward many significant changes. We have redeveloped our outdoor learning spaces including the construction of two trim trails, an outdoor classroom and a new school garden.

"We have also developed the curriculum to ensure that it is challenging, and this has been enhanced by the introduction of new pedagogical approaches. As a school, we have set very high expectations for all our children and this has been reinforced by our school values.  This has resulted in a significant improvement in attainment and is evidenced through national standardised assessments in which a disproportionate number of our children scored Very High.

What the inspection report said

Langbank Primary School's Acting Principal Teacher Carmen Coleman teaching pupils the months of the year

Several key areas were highlighted in the inspection, which took place in May 2019 and was based around the "Short Inspection Model", including:

"The effective leadership of the Headteacher in taking forward improvements in the work of the school .... [along] with staff he has developed robust approaches to monitoring children's progress in their learning."

"[Langbank is a] nurturing school community where children are polite and well-behaved. They are very proud of their unique environment... they engage well in learning tasks and activities and show empathy and respect to one another and their teachers."

"[There are] highly motivated staff across the school who have worked in a focused way to bring about key changes and improvements."


Published on Tuesday 29 October 2019

Pictured: Georgia and Isaac, P1, with their teacher Amanda Quail; Evan and Freya, P7; Carmen Coleman, Principal Teacher, with her class; and Headteacher Simon Cundy.