The headteacher and staff have made a successful start to setting up Balloch Primary School, according to an inspection by Education Scotland.

The Balloch Campus-based school only opened last February, comprised of pupils from the former Haldane and Jamestown Primaries.

In a relatively short period of time, inspectors said the school has managed to bring together the approaches of the two previous schools to assist in realising their new motto, “Be Brilliant at Balloch”.

The report also found that pupils are friendly, confident and enthusiastic about their learning and that there are emerging improvements in children’s attainment, particularly in numeracy at the early level.

Overall, learning, teaching and assessment was described as “good” and “raising attainment and achievement” was graded as satisfactory.

A number of areas for improvement were identified identified and discussed with the head teacher and a representative from West Dunbartonshire Council.

The areas for improvement include building on the most effective practice within the school, and research findings, to develop consistency in high‑quality learning, teaching and assessment; using assessment more effectively so that children are clearer on what they are doing well and how they can make better progress; and the need to continue raising children's attainment.

A letter from Education Scotland said: “We are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve. We will make no more visits in connection with this inspection.

West Dunbartonshire Council will inform parents/carers about the school’s progress as part of its arrangements for reporting on the quality of its schools.”