AN IRVINE primary school has received a glowing report after a recent inspection.

Annick Primary was praised for its “hard working staff and pupils”, “high-quality learning experiences” and a“dedicated headteacher”.

The Girdle Toll school was visited by inspectors from Education Scotland last year and scored Good and Very Good across the board.

Inspectors the school had “hard-working and confident children who very actively engage with their school and their learning and benefit from the positive, encouraging ethos throughout the school.”

The school also scored well when pupils were asked about bullying. Children were asked if the school “deals well with any bullying “ and 66 per cent of pupils agreed, 28 per cent had never experienced any bullying and only five per cent disagreed.

The school’s headteacher, Stuart Brown was singled out for praise by inspectors for his “dedicated leadership of the school and the clear direction he sets for further improvement.”

But Mr Brown says the report is a reflection of the “fantastic job” done by staff and “hard-working and confident” children. He said: “We are delighted that the hard work of both the staff and the pupils has been recognised in this excellent report.

“The staff have all done a fantastic job in creating the high-quality learning experiences which are leading to raised attainment for all.

“The report also highlights how our young people are hard-working and confident children who actively engage with their learning and benefit from the positive, encouraging ethos throughout the school.

“The school will continue to engage partners to enhance learning for our children and to raise attainment for all our pupils.”

The report says in terms of attainment children at all stages “are making good progress from their prior levels of attainment.

“All staff know the children well and track their progress”

Annick was also praised for its “strong values” which are being instilled into its pupils.

The report reads: “The school has a foundation of mutual respect and strong values based on equalities and rights of the child.

“This has led to success in achieving Rights Respecting School bronze award.

“Children are learning to listen to and take the views of others into account, particularly when they differ from their own views.”

The schools’s music and sports programmes were also given high praise, with inspectors highlighting in particular, the school’s Sport Scotland silver level. At the upper end of the school, pupils were praised by inspectors for their contribution to school life.

“Those at P7 are very proud to act as leaders of their house, as buddies for children in the younger classes and to help children in the younger classes with their daily tooth brushing in school.

“They also link with the parent council to help organise a number of family based events which take place during the year.”

“The House Captains are successful in their roles and have led the initiative to improve the stock of books in the school library.”

The school was also recognised for “taking a lead in cluster developments of the assessment of children’s progress in numeracy and mathematics to ensure that children build on their successes when they move from primary to secondary school.”

Annick’s Parent Council also received praise for being “enthusiastic in supporting school improvement and ensuring that the wider parent body is kept up to date with key developments that are taking place.

The Parent Council worked closely with the school on priorities for improvement.”