A Dumbarton school has been recognised for its welcoming environment and its learning in science in its latest Education Scotland report.

Following a visit from inspectors in April 2018, St Patrick’s Primary School was found to be ‘satisfactory’ in leadership of change; learning, teaching and assessment and raising attainment and achievement, and was rated ‘good; in ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion.

The inspection body highlighted the school’s positive relationships and Gospel values fostered by the “caring headteacher and staff”, supported by a strong partnership working with the local parish community.

The children’s listening and talking skills while working in groups and pairs was also noted.

And the school’s Inspire and Challenge hub also commended with its high-quality resources said to have “Fostered enthusiasm and motivation of the whole school community in science.”

Following the inspection, inspectors discussed improvements with the head teacher including building on examples of good practice within the school to improve approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

The school was encouraged to continue with work in supporting staff to have a clear understanding of standards to ensure that all children make very good progress in their learning; as well as to involve parents, staff and children in identifying areas for improvement and increase the pace of change within the school.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services said: “Inspectors have rightly highlighted the positive relationship between teachers and pupils who are being encouraged and motivated to achieve their best at the school.

“I am also pleased so see the positive comments on our pupils’ development in St Patrick’s science hub where we have created a fantastic environment where pupils can experiment and achieve.”

Chief Education Officer, Laura Mason, added: “I am pleased to see staff singled out for their commitment in encouraging pupils to grow in confidence and develop as healthy individuals. It is also encouraging to see inspectors highlight the effective relationships with parents and carers and the positive relationship with pupils. We will take on-board the feedback following the inspection and work with the schools to implement the recommendations highlighted in the report.”