Jul 3 2008 by Graham Fraser, Hamilton Advertiser
A BLANTYRE primary school have received one of the best HM Inspectors' reports in the country.
Teachers, parents and pupils at St Blane’s Primary School will be delighted with the findings of the inspection, which was carried out in March.
Out of the 16 indicators of performance, St Blane’s were marked excellent - the best grade - in two and very good in 13.
The school’s only weakness - marked adequate - was in the management’s use of resources and space for learning.
The inspectors were impressed by the overall standard of teaching and were delighted with the pupils’ high attainment in Maths and English.
The leadership of head teacher Anne Marie Reid was also highly commended.
The report states: “Almost all parents thought that their children enjoyed the school and that staff encouraged them to work to the best of their ability. They thought that teachers set high standards for pupils’ attainment.
“Staff were very positive about the school. They thought the communication was effective and that they had good opportunities to be involved in decision-making.”
The head teacher also received praise.
The report said: “She demonstrated a clear vision for the school and was highly respected by pupils, staff, parents and the wider community. She was highly committed to improving the quality of pupils’ learning experiences and achievements.”
Anne Marie Reid, head teacher, said: "We are delighted that the report made very positive references to the outstanding climate for learning and quality of relationships within the school.
“Everyone works very hard to support all learning needs and promote high achievement. All staff aim to ensure St. Blane's Primary provides a caring environment where pupils are happy, confident and have every opportunity to make excellent progress in all aspects of their learning.
“Our enthusiastic and well-mannered pupils are a credit to the school and we receive a tremendous amount of support from parents, carers and families and the wider school community.
“It was also good to see the work of the Parent Council and the PTA being recognised and the reference to our links with both local churches and John Ogilvie was very pleasing.
“The commitment and dedication of the teaching and support staff is exemplary and I am particularly pleased this was recognised by the inspectors.
“We are all very proud of our school and its achievements and we will ensure this continues when we move into our new school.”
The pupils and staff of St Blane’s move into their new building in August.
l A number of primary schools in Blantyre have enjoyed good reports recently.
In March, it emerged High Blantyre Primary School were praised.
Out of the inspection’s 16 indicators of performance, High Blantyre were marked very good — the second top grade — in five, while they achieved a good for the remaining 11.
And in January, David Livingstone Memorial Primary and Nursery School achieved three very goods and nine goods from the inspectors.
The HM Inspectors have not published reports on Blantyre’s two other primary schools - Auchinraith and St Joseph’s - for a few years.