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Dalintober Primary School and Early Learning Centre has received top marks from Education Scotland following a recent inspection.
Inspectors praised head teacher Caroline Armour’s vision and strong leadership for inclusion that benefits children across the school and early learning class. Her values are embraced and demonstrated by staff and the whole school community.
Inspectors found that children’s understanding and support of each other as individuals is a key feature of the school ethos and they are very proud of their school as a community. Confidence and a sense of wellbeing for children is flourishing, particularly through the wide-ranging experiences provided by the school in expressive arts and outdoor learning.
Inspectors reported approaches to assessment and tracking children’s progress in the early learning childcare class as a ‘major strength’ which enables children to make good progress in their learning across the early level, including primary one.
Overall, the findings report a strong team of staff across the establishment and partnership agencies, who work together to remove barriers to children’s learning, enabling them to learn and achieve.
Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: ‘Well done to everyone at Dalintober Primary School and Nursery. I’ve watched with interest the initiatives that are under way at Dalintober and I am very impressed.
‘It’s clear the school is very much at the heart of the community and the children are proud of their education there. I look forward to seeing things continue to go from strength to strength at Dalintober.’
Ms Armour told the Courier: ‘I am delighted the unique character, ethos and values of Dalintober were recognised and praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, particularly in relation to our pastoral care, curriculum development and parental engagement.
‘I extend sincere thanks to our exceptional pupils and to those staff members, parents and partners who support the school and early learning centre and are committed to its progress.
‘We had a very positive experience and partnership with the inspection team and I very much look forward to taking Dalintober “Forward Together” with all stakeholders to maximise the best outcomes for our children and their futures.
‘It is my absolute privilege to be head teacher of Dalintober. I am extremely proud of our community school and of all of our achievements and successes.’
In response to publication of the inspection report, Argyll and Bute councillor Rory Colville said: ‘What a fantastic report for all associated with Dalintober Primary School demonstrating the tremendous commitment all staff have in providing the very best start towards the learning process for our children and their future.’