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Alvie Primary School HMIe

Issued: 24 Aug 2010

Pupils, parents and staff at Alvie Primary School have received high praise from Her Majesty's Inspectors in their report which was published today (August 24th). The inspectors found evidence of a community which was working effectively in partnership to provide very good quality learning experiences for pupils. The school received particular praise
for its work in the local environment.

Head Teacher, Hilary Brown, whose leadership was praised in the report, welcomed HMIe's findings. She said: "I am very happy with the findings of this report and the acknowledgement of the excellent team of staff, parents and pupils we have at Alvie."

Pupils, parents and staff were all praised by the inspectors. Aside from the pupils being well motivated, well behaved with a positive attitude to learning, they received special commendation for their knowledge of and care for their local community and its wildlife.

Staff demonstrated very good team-work, were innovative and determined to improve the work of the school. They worked very well with parents and partner agencies including The Highland Council Ranger Service to provide enjoyable and relevant experiences for their pupils.

Parents were also praised for their involvement in the life and work of the school. The Parent Council in particular was recognised for its valuable support and its contribution to the high quality learning experiences enjoyed by pupils.

Merryn Appleby, Chairperson of the Parent Council, commented: "Parents at Alvie have always been very proud of our school. We are privileged to have a highly committed staff, an active parent body and a supportive community working together to create a dynamic and caring environment for our children. We are delighted with this excellent report."

The inspectors expressed confidence in the school's capacity to improve and will make no further visits in relation to their recommendations. Mrs Brown believes that the report provides a very good platform for further improvement as the school moves into Curriculum for Excellence: "We are now looking forward to planning our next steps in developing the new curriculum further."

Local councillor, Gregor Rimell said: "The great success of Alvie School reflects all that is best in a rural community working hard together, led by a devoted and innovative Head Teacher. Like the village and area it serves, the school is always moving forward. Pupils go on to flourish in secondary and further education."

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