MACMERRY Primary School and Nursery Class needs additional support to make improvements, Education Scotland has announced following a recent inspection.

Inspectors visited the school in June, speaking to children, parents and carers, the headteacher, and staff.

They praised the welcoming environment and the positive relationships between children and their families, noting that children were polite, eager to learn, and proud to be a part of the Macmerry community.

Other key strengths noted were the partnership across the school and community to enrich learning, and the nursery team’s commitment to positive relationships with children and families and improving the quality of provision for children.

However, inspectors also identified areas of improvement, including developing and ensuring consistency in high-quality learning, teaching and assessment. They suggested the school raises children’s attainment levels, noting that staff needed to develop their approaches to moderating assessment and increase their understanding of national standards.

The school needs to improve staff and children’s understanding of wellbeing indicators to allow children to be supported “to set meaningful targets”, letting them discuss their wellbeing with confidence to ensure they all feel respected, responsible and included.

Inspectors also recommended the school develops strategic leadership across the school and nursery class to “drive forward improvements at an increased pace of change”.

A follow-up inspection will now be carried out within the next year.

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, cabinet member for education, said: “I am pleased that the inspectors have commented positively on the good relationships that exist between the school, its children and families.

“We have already put in place support for the school to enable them to make the changes that are needed and to improve the learning and outcomes for all its pupils.”