An inspection report by Education Scotland described the support given to pupils at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Bannockburn as 'exemplary.’

In their glowing report following their visit just before the summer holidays, inspectors observed that teachers demonstrate an ‘outstanding’ sense of inclusion, nurture and commitment to children’s welfare and learning, and the quality of teaching in support programmes is often excellent.

Key strengths identified by those who visited the school include the impact of strong leadership teamwork in improving the school’s performance, the children’s enthusiasm for learning and their skill in talking knowledgeably about their experiences.

Almost all children are attaining good standards in English language and literacy, while developing very good mental skills in maths.

Kevin Kelman, Stirling Council’s head of school improvement, said: "The report recognises the great work that takes place at St Mary’s Primary and I am delighted that the school's key strengths and commitment to continuous improvement have been recognised. The report is testament to everyone's efforts - the dedication and hard work of the children, staff and parents at St Mary’s."