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Lionel School in north Lewis – along with its nursery - have won a range of commendations from the inspectors from Education Scotland.

They state that the key strengths of the school are:

  • The executive headteacher has very effectively put in place key improvements to raise standards on a short- and long-term basis. In so doing, she has made very good use of information on attainment, progress and what matters to the local area. She is well respected for her well-judged, ambitious and clear leadership of learning, teaching and raising attainment.
  • Children are making good progress in literacy and numeracy through the medium of Gàidhlig, and as appropriate, English. Children are resilient and embrace change well. They participate with enthusiasm in learning activities to promote the island’s heritage, and Gàidhlig language and culture.
  • Children experience high-quality learning through play across the early level that is motivating, meaningful and develops children’s creativity very well. In Gàidhlig Medium Education, this is developing children’s fluency well in a range of total immersion situations.

The following areas for improvement were identified and discussed with the headteacher and a representative from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

  • Build further on the strengths in learning and teaching to ensure high-quality experiences for all children. Children who are higher-achieving should experience more challenging learning.
  • Continue to raise attainment by ensuring that children have sharper next steps for improvement and to reach their full potential. Children in English Medium need a more planned approach for Gaelic (Learners) as an additional language. This should build on their total immersion in Gàidhlig in sgoil-àraich.

The inspectors state: "We are confident that the school has the capacity to continue to improve and so we will make no more visits in connection with this inspection.  There was no requirements as a result of this inspection visit."

Donald Macleod, Chief Officer for Education & Children’s Services, said: “I am pleased to note the positive outcome of the joint inspection of Sgoil Lional and Sgoil-Àraich Lional and wish to acknowledge and thank the staff, children and parents of Sgoil Lional for their work in contribution to the inspection.”

(The CnES comment was added after this report was first published.)