A SCHOOL which was told to make a number of improvements has been revisited by inspectors.

Catrine Primary, which was inspected in June 2016, was praised in the latest report with the acting headteacher doing well, despite being relatively new to the post.

She has established, along with staff, a strong and clear vision for the school, where there is a clear sense of direction and purpose.

The drive and commitment of the headteacher in striving for school improvement has been identified as a ‘real strength’.

Another area which came in for scrutiny last year was the learning needs of all children, in particular those with social, emotional and behavioural issues.

Teachers are now meeting these needs by providing more suitable tasks, activities and resources although improvements are still required in a minority of classes where activities are not always sufficiently challenging.

Summing up, the report states: “Overall, approaches to monitoring and evaluating are more regular and are leading to improvements in learning and teaching.

“We also recognised the considerable support given to the school by East Ayrshire Council. The school has the capacity to improve as it continues to work with the council.”

Another inspection was carried out at St Xavier’s PS in Patna, using a new system of grading.

St Xavier’s was rated very good at self-evaluation for self-improvement and good for raising attainment and achievement.

Questionnaires were issued to pupils and parents, as well as teachers and support staff at the school and early years centre.

Most of the pupils, 94 per cent, said they felt safe at the school and that there was always someone they could talk to if they were ‘upset or worried’.

Among the parents’ responses, 87 per cent felt the school helps their child to feel confident, while 91 per cent said that the school encourages children to treat others with respect, although 52 per cent confessed to not understand how their children are assessed.