A “WEE school with a big heart” in a Borders village has gained approval from education inspectors.

The Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate report on Walkerburn Primary School and nursery class recognised a number of key strengths in the school’s work.

During their visit in May this year, inspectors talked to parents/carers and young people and worked closely with the head teacher and staff.

They found that all staff worked together well to provide care and support to children across the school and nursery. Children felt safe, valued and cared for.

Inspectors noted that the school grounds and local environment were used well to provide rich and relevant learning experiences for children across the school.

It was also highlighted that the children’s increasing confidence using digital technology enhanced their learning in the nursery and school.

The team also identified areas for improvement which were discussed with the head teacher and Scottish Borders Council.

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Overall, there were ratings of ‘satisfactory’ for leadership of change, learning, teaching and assessment, and raising attainment and achievement, and a rating of ‘good’ for ensuring well-being, equality and inclusion.

The report states: “Overall, most children are making satisfactory progress in literacy and English. A few children could be making better progress.

“Overall, children’s progress in listening and talking is satisfactory. Senior leaders should support teachers to strengthen their understanding of assessing children’s listening and talking skills.”

Head teacher Caroline Elsey said: “I am delighted that the inspectors recognised the hard work and commitment of the team at Walkerburn.

“Walkerburn whilst a small school has a special place in the community and we look forward to continuing to build upon the many strengths identified in our journey to excellence.”

Walkerburn Parent Council chair Erin Thomson added: “Walkerburn Parent and Friends Council were pleased to see the hard work of staff and students recognised by the recent school inspection. Our small school has a big heart and plays a vital role within the community – it’s fantastic to see this significance being acknowledged.”

Inspectors were confident that the school had the capacity to continue to improve and will not return in connection with this inspection.