Inspectors want to use Cowal school as model for excellence

August 21, 2013 | 5 Comments
Inspectors want to use Cowal school as model for excellence


KIRN Primary School has received a glowing report from Education Scotland – with inspectors rating it either “excellent” or “very good” in all categories.

They were so impressed that they now want to work with Argyll and Bute Council and the school to use it as a model of “best practice”.

Head teacher James Wylie was singled out for providing “inspirational leadership” and the behaviour of pupils at all stages was described as “impeccable”.

The inspection report states: “There are major strengths in the way that staff across the school support children to develop and learn.”

The document adds: “Staff show very high-quality care and support to children in the school.”

The school’s two principal teachers were also recognised for their “strong and effective support” to Mr Wylie.

Lead councillor for education, Richard Trail (SNP, Helensburgh and Lomond South) said: “I am delighted that Kirn Primary School has received this excellent report. The report recognises the leadership of the head teacher, the hard work of the staff and the pupils’ exemplary behaviour.

“Everyone involved is to be congratulated on the high standard of teaching and learning at the school and we should all be very proud that Education Scotland will use Kirn Primary School’s innovative work as an example to other schools.”

Older children at the school display “an exceptionally high level of independence in leading their own learning”, the inspectors said.

Meanwhile, children in the nursery and all across the school are learning and achieving to a “high standard”.

Head teacher Mr Wylie said: “I am exceptionally pleased that the school has been recognised, nationally, for the high quality of educational experience being provided to our pupils and for the motivated, engaged, reflective, confident and impeccably behaved children that we work with.

“Our high quality and dedicated staff, both teaching and non-teaching, as well as our parents, partners and community members work tirelessly to ensure that very high standards in all areas of the curriculum are achieved.”

The inspection found that the school had these key strengths:

*Confident, respectful children who have a clear love of learning and great pride in their school

*Innovative approaches to the organisation of the curriculum to ensure children develop important skills through exciting, deep and coherent learning experiences

*High-quality support for children who require extra help in their learning

*Effective partnerships with parents, volunteers, partners and the local community to enrich and extend children’s learning

*Inspirational and strong leadership of the head teacher which drives forward improvements to ensure all children make very good progress in their learning

The full inspection report can be found at

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Comments (5)

  1. the grim reapers uncle. says:

    How long before Mike Russell chips in on here with a comment to tell us how wonderful his education policies are and that this is proof of how hard he works for this local area.

  2. Vailaindunoon says:

    It must be because that Kirn Primary is so good that A&B Council want to get rid of it and make just one Primary School Cmpus. Was it not the same with Struan Lodge, best in country so A&B Council wanted to close it.

  3. cove says:

    Well done Mr Wylie, all the staff and children at Kirn primary. Just goes to show that strong leadership and motivated staff produce results in schools. The unpopular proposed new super school is not the way forward for Dunoon. Educational excellence has been achieved without it.

  4. Aral says:

    Well done to James Wylie, his staff and ALL the pupils, parents and everyone else connected with Kirn Primary School. Could DGS achieve such a resounding achievement?

  5. lorrainecai says:

    well done to all.

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