11 January 2022

'Teamwork across the school is effective'

Fraserburgh North School has been praised by an inspector following a recent visit by regulator Education Scotland.

The visit assessed the progress since an inspection in 2018 which raised concerns about the leadership of the school and nursery and called for improvements to self-evaluation and equality and diversity. In response Aberdeenshire Council implemented an action plan which saw a new head teacher appointed as well as the establishment of a new Parent Council.  HM Inspector Susan Gow concluded the school has now met these recommendations and there will be no further visits in connection with the inspection.

The report praised head teacher Sharon Mellin. It said: “The head teacher is highly respected and held in high esteem by the staff, parents and the wider community. They speak of her passion for the school and strong focus on improving outcomes for children and families. She has led the school effectively during the challenging period of a pandemic. Commendably, the headteacher has led the staff team successfully in developing a nurturing environment across the nursery and school.”

Ms Gow also commended staff too. “Teamwork across the school is effective and a clear indication that staff morale is high. Communication between staff with varying roles is also a strength. This ensures everyone is focussed on learning and how well children are making progress,” the report said.

The inspection acknowledged the progress made on equality and diversity and commended the parent council for helping to engage all parents in its work.

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “A huge congratulations to head teacher Sharon Mellin and her team. This is a fantastic inspection and testament to the hard work and determination to make Fraserburgh North the best school it can be. This is a brilliant achievement. Well done!”

Committee vice chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “This glowing inspection is richly deserved. The school community at Fraserburgh North should be rightly proud of the accolades in this report. I am looking forward to seeing the school build on this success.”

Sharon Mellin, Fraserburgh North Primary School Head Teacher, said: “I am absolutely delighted with this inspection. I would like to personally thank the entire school community for their support and dedication.”