Glowing report for local primary school

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A LOCAL school has won high praise after passing its inspection with flying colours.

Pupils at Balmedie Primary won praise from HM Inspectorate of Education for their confidence, motivation and responsibility, while staff were commended for their teamwork, close links to the local community. The 440-pupil facility has a coverage area including Balmedie, Belhelvie and Potterton, taking in an area including rural and urban areas.

Balmedie headmaster Ken McGowan told the Times that everyone at the school had worked hard to achieve the result.

“I’m really pleased that the inspectors recognised the amount of hard we’ve put into the school,” he said. “Our pupils were complemented on their very high levels of attainment, but also for our wider achievements, and our work with the community. For example, in June, we hosted a question and answer session for local parents on using games based technology for learning, and 160 people came along, which is amazing. The school also raises a lot of money for charity - besides the £4000 we raised for Red Nose Day, we raise thousands every year through dress as you please days.

“We have an ethos of partnership, not only with the community, but with pupils themselves.”