INSPECTORS have given the thumbs up to improvements at a once troubled primary school in Selkirk.

Knowepark was slammed by Education Scotland two years ago.

The town's largest primary was branded weak for 'wellbeing, equality and inclusion'.

And the Curror Street school was only graded as satisfactory for 'leadership', 'learning' and 'attainment'.

During a follow-up visit inspectors found Knowepark to be 'making very good progress'.

Inspector Jane Gow said: "The headteacher and staff are making very good progress in its approaches to continuous improvement.

"They have consulted widely to refresh the school’s vision and values.

"Partnership working is a strength of the school and partners feel valued for their contributions.

"This has led to a shared understanding of what the school wants to achieve for children."

The inspectors also found that there was now a consistency of high quality learning, teaching and assessment across both the school and its nursery.

And most children were making good progress from their prior Curriculum for Excellence levels in numeracy, mathematics, literacy and English.

Headteacher Lynn Hodgins is pleased with the findings.

She said: “I am delighted with this report and that the hard work and effort of our whole school community over the last two years has been recognised.

"We have worked together to ensure that significant improvements have been made and the wonderful children in our school are testament to this.

"In particular, I am delighted that Education Scotland recognises that these improvements are leading to improved levels attainment, achievement and wellbeing for our children.

"I am also grateful for the support and trust of our parents and carers over the last two years.”

The follow-up inspection also found improvements to the school's nursery space, the primary one classrooms and the outdoor areas.

Jenni Borthwick, chair of the Knowepark Parent Partnership, added: “The Parent Partnership is very pleased with the progress being made in school and would like to thank all staff for their continued hard work and dedication.

"A focus on wellbeing has been central to the school’s development and the children have a strong sense of community, respect and responsibility.

"Pupils are achieving high standards across the curriculum and staff are committed to providing the best possible opportunities for our young people.”