Midlothian primary school rated highly after recent inspection

Wednesday May 1st 2024

Woodburn Primary Rights Respecting School

Head Teacher Joanna Findlay is pictured, from left to right, with Depute Head and RRSA lead Mrs Susan Welsh, P6 pupil Joey Paterson and P7 pupil Ellie Wright, who both sit on the Rights Respecting School Steering Group. The school has also recently celebrated achieving its ‘Sustained Gold level’ within the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) linked to its work on the Rights of the Child.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Children at Woodburn Primary School in Dalkeith are “happy and respectful” and “learn and achieve well in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment”, according to the national body for improving education in Scotland.

After visiting the primary school and nursery class in January, inspectors from Education Scotland rated the school’s learning, teaching and assessment as ‘very good’ while its work to raise attainment and achievement was also ‘very good’.

The nursery achieved two ‘good ratings’ for securing children’s progress and learning, teaching and assessment.

In the report, inspectors noted ‘the very positive relationships across the whole school community which are based on the school values, kindness and mutual respect. Children are happy and respectful. They learn and achieve well in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment’.

The report adds ‘senior leaders are highly effective in their use of data to carefully analyse the progress of all children. Well planned supports are in place which meet the needs of learners well in the school and nursery’.


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Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Ellen Scott congratulated the school community for the positive inspection report.

She said: “I’m delighted inspectors also recognise other key strengths including the very effective work with a range of partner agencies in both the primary school and nursery setting. This is ensuring children benefit from a wide range of universal and targeted support, which is improving outcomes for children.

“These ratings are testament to the whole school community’s commitment to nurturing pupils and giving them the best learning experience.”

Areas for improvement highlighted in the report are already underway, including staff working more collaboratively to share good practice.

The school has also recently celebrated achieving its ‘Sustained Gold level’ within the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) linked to its work on the Rights of the Child.

You can read the inspection report HERE.

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