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Inspectors praise Forgue Primary

By Alistair Whitfield

THE village school at Forgue has received a very encouraging report from Education Scotland.

Inspectors rated the small primary, which has just 35 children, as 'good' across a number of areas.

They commented that staff know the children and their families well, adding that most of the older pupils appeared confident when talking to adults.

The inspectors' report said: "Overall most children are making good progress.

"The attainment of individuals and groups has improved steadily in recent years.

"Data provided by the school for the past three years shows that attainment has improved in literacy, numeracy and wellbeing."

It was also identified that most of the youngsters read regularly for pleasure and to find information.

The report continued: "Children are energetic, motivated to succeed and proud of their achievements and their school.

"Achievements are recognised and celebrated regularly through Going for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, at whole school assemblies and in jotter work, which is shared with parents.

"This is resulting in parents being more engaged."

Forgue School was built in 1865. It has two classes and looks after children from the ages of five to 11.

There was praise for both the leadership and the teaching of headmistress Muriel Matthew.

It was highlighted how Mrs Matthew, whose class comprises youngsters during the first four years at the school, provides a positive environment where children enjoy learning.

The report stated: "Forgue has a positive ethos and effective approaches to supporting children and engaging them in their learning.

"The focus on relationships and behaviour is benefitting all children through motivating them."

A few areas for improvement were also identified and discussed with the headteacher and a representative from Aberdeenshire Council.

It was claimed that the school could develop a more effective use of assessment to ensure all children make the best possible progress.

The report ended: "We are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve and so we will make no more visits in connection with this inspection."

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